Author: Cara Lynn Schultz

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Review: Spellcaster by Cara Lynn Shultz (Spellbound #2)

March 21, 2012 Review 0 ★★★★

Review: Spellcaster by Cara Lynn Shultz (Spellbound #2)Release Date: March 27, 2012
Title: Spellcaster
Series: Spellbound #2
Author: Cara Lynn Schultz
Pages: 384
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Source: NetGalley
From the Publisher: After breaking a centuries-old romantic curse, Emma Connor is (almost) glad to get back to normal problems. Although…it's not easy dealing with the jealous cliques and gossip that rule her exclusive Upper East Side prep, even for a seventeen-year-old newbie witch. Having the most-wanted boy in school as her eternal soul mate sure helps ease the pain—especially since wealthy, rocker-hot Brendan Salinger is very good at staying irresistibly close….

But something dark and hungry is using Emma's and Brendan's deepest fears to reveal damaging secrets and destroy their trust in each other. And Emma's crash course in überspells may not be enough to keep them safe…or to stop an inhuman force bent on making their unsuspected power its own.
4 Stars

I enjoyed this one just as much as the first one – and my earlier wish came true: this one was definitely heavy on the witchy.

Emma is growing into quite the capable witch who protects those she loves with a ferocity I can’t help but admire.

Brendan is still a huge boy crush for me, but he was a little overbearing and overprotective throughout the story. It’s sweet that he wants to protect Emma, but he really needs to learn and understand that she is strong and can do some things better than he can.

Angelique is my favorite selfless witchy sidekick.

Megan – well she doesn’t deserve any space devoted to her.

The ending reminded me a bit of the end of The Craft (in tone, not in what actually happened) – which is a plus, considering I love that movie.

I’m looking forward to spending more time with these guys, so I hope there are more books coming in the series.

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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.

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