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Review: Spellbound (Cara Lybb Shultz)

Cara Lybb Shultz

Product Details:

Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Harlequin; Original edition (June 21, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0373210302
Source: ebook from NetGalley
Spellbound (Harlequin Teen)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 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.

I have mixed feelings about this one. I liked the characters and the overall concept of the story, but it still felt cliched. Maybe I just need to take a break from paranormal romances? They're all starting to seem the same.

The characters are great. I like Emma and Brendan. They have this whole star-crossed lovers thing going on, and I totally buy into it. Enchanted amulet. History repeating itself as penance. Got it. Add this to Emma and Brendan and you have youself a pretty hot romance.

There was an element of supernatural at play in the story that I honestly thought would deter my reading. I'm not a big fan of "witch" books. I guess I just have a hard time buying into that magical element. BUT, this book really wasn't like that. There was an underlying element of magic throughout the book, but it wasn't overpowering. I really appreciate that. I can also see how the magical aspect will be important in future books. Yep, I'm totally speculating that there will be more books in this series. There were too many loose ends that I would want to see wrapped up for there not to be a sequel.

Overall, it was pretty good and I did enjoy it. I found myself not eating because I was so invested in the book. The story moves pretty quickly and it's easy to become engrossed in the plot. If I gave half scores, I would say a 3 1/2, but since I don't do halves it gets a solid 3. I may change it to a 4 after I ponder on the book a little longer.



  1. Can I say that I LOVE your flashlight rating system?! Love it!
    And I have this one on my shelf but I can't seem to bring myself to pick it up. Star-crossed-lover romance stories have a sort of "arrggghh factor" with me. I'm glad to know there were parts of it you liked! Thank you for the review :D

  2. I liked this one but didn't love it.

  3. I'm a little neutral about this one too. I would read the sequel though, but I wouldn't rush out to get it.

  4. @ Amelia I just had my blog redesigned. Isn't the rating system great?! I couldn't have asked for a better job. =)

  5. Hmph. I think I still want to read it... Have I mentioned how much I LOOOOOVE the new design??? EPIC. Love it!
    The Bookish Brunette

  6. Isn't it GREAT?! I just want to stare at it all day. =)

    You should read Spellbound. It's good, it just doesn't make me want to stand in the rain for the sequel. It's worth the read though.


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