Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz

Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz
Released: June 21, 2011
Harlequin Teen
ISBN13:  9780373210305

4/5 Stars

Goodreads Synopsis:
What's a girl to do when meeting The One means she's cursed to die a horrible death?
Prior to reading this, I hadn't read too much about it besides "it's amazing!" so I was really surprised by this. The description hadn't really caught my attention too much, and I wasn't really interested in the beginning of the book while I was reading it either. But that quickly changed.

This has to be one of the most intense romances I've ever read about- I'm not usually big on the "love at first sight", instant connection thing but I ended up really liking Shultz's take on this.

Spellbound is one of the most unique books out there, once you get into the specifics of what the story is actually about. I enjoyed that about it, since I thought it was an interesting take on the paranormal genre. I kind of wish there had been more focus on the supernatural aspect of it rather than simply going on about how complicated the romance was. I think the forbidden romance is a bit overdone now, but this was a fairly unique take on it. The plot goes a lot deeper than I initially anticipated it would, which was excellently done. The real twists aren't introduced so early on that the reader knows well in advance of the characters what's going to happen- in fact the reader tends to figure things out at about the same time which I liked.

My only two complaints about it were how sappy the romance was at times (it tottered around swoonworthy and roll-your-eyes-sappy for most of the book) and I felt the fight scenes could've been written better. They seemed to be bland and extremely straightforward in my opinion.

Overall, Spellbound's an enjoyable read and I think it stands out from most other YA paranormal books witih its plot and great writing.

Copy provided from Net Galley and Harlequin Teen- thank you!
Life hasn't been easy on sixteen-year-old Emma Connor, 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.


Harpreet said...

Glad it was a good read! I haven't gotten the chance to read Spellbound yet, but it is something I would like to get into someday soon! Hmmm..straightforward fight scenes..don't know if that will pass in my book, but still, I'm glad the writing made up for it! (:


Brenna said...

It's good, I'm glad I finally picked it up! To clarify, the fight scenes weren't poorly done, they just weren't as good as they could be. But I also think they're some of the trickiest things to write! And there aren't too many ;)

BookJunkie said...

Great review! This is in my TBR pile as we speak! Can't wait to read it!

flashlight_reader said...

I agree about the border line sappiness in the book. It was a lot like Twilight in some respects. I still enjoyed it though.

Alison Can Read said...

This sounds pretty good. I don't know how I feel about the sappiness and the de-emphasis of the supernatural. But the intensity of the romance sounds great.

Book Crook Liza said...

Ohhh sappiness! I can handle a little of that, I often roll my eyes at it in books, but somehow I'm upset if it isn't there. Oh, double standards! :) I haven't been able to read this one yet, but it's on my to-read wishlist! Nice review! :)

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