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June 14, 2011

Review: Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz

Paperback, 384 pages
Expected publication: June 28th 2011
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 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.

I really, really enjoyed Spellbound. I had no idea what to expect when I picked this book up. It sounded interesting and like it would be a good read, but not a GREAT read. Well not even into Chapter three I was already proven wrong. It was so good! I stayed up really late reading it and was quickly trapped inside the book.

It reminded me a bit of Gossip Girl, only with a little twist of paranormal in it. The characters were also very unique. Emma is a very strong and a kick ass character. She deals with a lot from her past, but still manages to stand on her two feet and not be knocked down by anyone. Brendan is the richest and most wanted boy in school. So of course when he begins to give Emma attention things turn ugly for Emma. What I liked the most about Brendan and Emma's relationship was that, even though they had an immediate attraction to one another, it wasn't rushed and jumped right into. Shultz took her time developing a relationship between the two. It wasn't hard at all for me to love them both.

The plot was also very entertaining. I don't really want to give away anything, but it was well thought out and written perfectly. Everything flowed smoothly and made sense. Not once did I find myself confused or re-reading to try and understand. Shultz did a really good job at explaining everything and describing things making it very easy to picture.

The only little issue I had (this is a bit of a spoiler) is that, like LOTS of stories out there today, Brendon gives Emma attention, then next thing you know he acts like she doesn't exist. But I will say that Shultz did not carry this out very long, so it's not something that will ruin the story for you. 

This was a great story! A Must Read! As Wanda likes to say... A Good Choice for Reading lol.

4 out of 5 Stars


  1. Definitely sounds like a "Good Choice for Reading". PLUS the author is super sweet. She's a big fan of 90's music! LOL And guess what so am I! I definitely want to give this one a try.

  2. It's great to hear you liked it. Also, I'm glad the flow was done nicely. I've been getting quite frustrated with the plot getting jumbled in novels lately.

  3. I have this on my want to read list and now I want to read it even more. Just have to get through some review books and I will definitely be making time for it. Thanks for the review!

  4. The cover is so cool! I am dying to read this book, the summary sounds awesome! Hopefully I'll get to read it soon!!
    Thanks for the review! :D

  5. I might do a giveaway with SpellBound for the release...or sooner ...hmm

  6. I get more and more excited about this book with every review that I read. Thanks!

  7. I giggled a bit when you compared it to Gossip Girl--which I love. :-D Sounds like I'll have to pick this one up!

  8. I'm intrigue with this book, most of the review that I read are positives. I'll put this on my TBR.

  9. Your enthusiasm makes me want to read this!

  10. I enjoy Gossip Girl, so this might be a great book for me to read :)

  11. I love a book with great characters, especially if they're female leads. And the fact that you and most other reviewers speak highly of it has bumped it to the top of my to-read list.

  12. This book looks like a lot of fun, thank you for the review!

  13. I didnt realise it was a bit like Gossip Girl with a paranormal twist, from the cover I thought ...well not Gossip Girl like.

    Glad u liked it.

    Michelle A

  14. A good plot really is key for me.

    Interesting, the idea of "Gossip Girl, only with a little twist of paranormal in it".

  15. I like what you said about the author taking her time developing a relationship between the characters. I hate it when you have no idea how a relationship exists between two characters, when they're together just because the author just wanted to for the story, not because they wrote it that way.

  16. Ok I am officially DYING to read this!! Thanks for the review!

  17. I'm glad to see the relationship didn't seem rushed. I can't stand when two characters meet an their instant soulmates.

  18. Sounds good. Looking forward to reading this. Thanks for the review.

  19. Sounds like a really good read. Will be looking for it now!! Thanks!!

  20. -Sounds like a really great book! Thanks for the review! :)


  21. I love books that keep you up late at night because you can't stop reading. And I love Gossip Girl-like drama so this aounds like a must read for me :P
    Thank you for the review!

  22. Thank you for this awesome review. I love the sound of how this book flows. :)


  23. You got me intrigued. Gonna have to read it! Emma seems like an interesting character and I can't wait to read her story. NICE review!

  24. Great review! Keep up the good work!

  25. I love the cover, and the book sounds like a great read too. I will definitely be reading this in the near future.

  26. Sounds like a good book. I might have to pick it up sometime soon.


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