Review: Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz (Spellbound #1)

March 14, 2012 Review 3 ★★★★

Review: Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz (Spellbound #1)Release Date: June 21, 2011
Title: Spellbound
Series: Spellbound #1
Author: Cara Lynn Schultz
Pages: 352
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Source: NetGalley
From the Publisher: What's a girl to do when meeting The One means she's cursed to die a horrible death?

Life hasn't been easy on sixteen-year-old Emma Conner, so a new start in New York may be just the change she needs. But the posh Upper East Side prep school she has to attend? Not so much. Friendly faces are few and far between, except for one that she's irresistibly drawn to—Brendan Salinger, the guy with the rock-star good looks and the richest kid in school, who might just be her very own white knight.

But even when Brendan inexplicably turns cold, Emma can't stop staring. Ever since she laid eyes on him, strange things have been happening. Streetlamps go out wherever she walks, and Emma's been having the oddest dreams: visions of herself in past lives—visions that warn her to stay away from Brendan. Or else.
4 Stars

I’m a sucker for a good love story. I adore witchy stories. Put them together and you get Spellbound – a really really good read – despite what the summary would have you believe.

Brendan is another of the YA boys who is irresistible. He prompted me to tweet about YA boys because, let’s face it, they never measure up in real life. But Brendan is definitely my current YA boy crush.

Emma is another of strong YA girls who doesn’t let people push her around, and I love that about her. The scene where she stood up for her cousin’s honor clinched it for me – Emma is a bad ass.

I do wish they had explored Emma’s witchy side a bit more – but I’m guessing that’s what the sequel is for since this book easily could have been a standalone novel.

Bottom line: if you love the idea of soulmates who have been tragically separated in each reincarnation – and you have a fondness for the witch – definitely read this one.

3 Responses to “Review: Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz (Spellbound #1)”

    • Mandi Kaye

      Me too! I <3 soulmates. And despite the curse, this one was really not messy like so often books of this nature are. It gave me a happy.

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