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Monday, June 27, 2011

{Review}: Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz

SpellboundTitle: Spellbound
Author: Cara Lynn Shultz
Genre: YA Fiction
Publisher: Harlequin Teen (June 28th 2011)
Paperback: 384 pages
ISBN: 9780373210305
Source: NetGalley*
Available on: Amazon | Barnes&Noble | TheBookDepository

My Rating: 4/5

Description from GoodReads:
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.
My Review:

If you enjoy YA paranormal romance then I recommend reading this book. It has the basic elements of this genre. We have Emma, the new girl. Brendan, the god-like/mysterious love interest. Then add the paranormal, Emma's twin brother that died keeps telling her, in dreams, to stay away from Brendan . The mystery. Why is her brother so adamant about warning her about Brennan? Why does she feel like is supposed to be with him and has known him forever? As you can see not extremely original but it still managed to keep my interest until the end.

I liked the character of Emma, she was a strong character that tried to help those she loves. She was not the smartest especially on who she decides to pick fights with but she was courageous. Her relationship with Brendan was interesting to read. I was happy that Spellbound explained the instant attraction between the characters. Yes, there is a reason behind her love at first sight. The magic aspect of the story was the only part that felt a little weird to me, like an added element to enhance the paranormal.

Definitely recommend adding this to your summer reading list.

*Disclosure: This e-ARC was provided by the publisher (Harlequin Teen via NetGalley) for free in exchange for an honest review.


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