February 06, 2013

Review: Spellcaster by Claudia Gray

by Claudia Gray
Hardcover, 370 pages
Expected publication: March 5th 2013
By HarperTeen

When Nadia’s family moves to Captive’s Sound, she instantly realizes there’s more to it than meets the eye. Descended from witches, Nadia senses a dark and powerful magic at work in her new town. Mateo has lived in Captive’s Sound his entire life, trying to dodge the local legend that his family is cursed - and that curse will cause him to believe he’s seeing the future … until it drives him mad. When the strange dreams Mateo has been having of rescuing a beautiful girl—Nadia—from a car accident come true, he knows he’s doomed.

Despite the forces pulling them apart, Nadia and Mateo must work together to break the chains of his family’s terrible curse, and to prevent a disaster that threatens the lives of everyone around them. Shimmering with magic and mystery, New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray’s new novel is sure to draw fans of the Hex Hall and Caster Chronicles series, and fans of the hit CW TV show The Secret Circle.

I don’t think I will ever get tired of reading about witches and demons. I still watch CHARMED on TNT practically every day. I love it! SPELLCASTER is the first in a brand new series by Claudia Gray and it does not disappoint. It’s filled with plenty of magical moments, a light romance, friendships, and it’s also very suspenseful.

The story kicks off with Nadia moving to a new town with her family and being the newbie at school. I immediately thought of hundreds of YA books that start off this way and was a bit skeptical. However, I was sucked in the minute I realized the main character knows about her powers and how to pull her own magic. So whatever doubt I had flew out the window. It was a nice change and I was curious to learn what kind of powers Nadia had.

I loved the magical world Claudia Gray created. It wasn’t complicated at all to understand. It all seemed easy, but very powerful for Nadia to use. The villain in the story was perfect all the way. I have a love hate relationship with this villain. This character was written so well that if SPELLCASTER were to ever become a television show, I think it would be hard to find the right person to play this part. I wish I could say who this person is, but it’s not revealed in the book until a couple of chapters in. This is the bad part about writing reviews sometimes. You just want to share every little detail and you can’t. Half the time what I feel isn’t a spoiler, others think it is.

Anyway, it’s no secret how much I love Claudia Gray and her books. SPELLCASTER was a great, fast paced story with tons of secrets and mystery. There are moments that will have you at the edge of your seat, and some moments where you want to put the book down because you just can’t stand the suspense. At least that’s what happened to me.

My only complaint is the romance. Although I didn’t quite hate it, I wasn’t sold on it either. It was a little too fast for me and a little too… fluffy. I loved the characters don’t get me wrong, but I liked the story a lot more and honestly feel that without it I would have still enjoyed the story the same.

Overall, I highly recommend SPELLCASTER and I think that young adults and adults can read this book and truly enjoy it. It’s a series parents can share with their teens.


  1. The cover is really cool and magical.

  2. I really enjoyed her vampire series so I can't wait to read this new series. I'm sorry the romance didn't work for you. I find that a lot of romance doesn't work well in YA books lately. Between instant love and all the over emotions I'm just not buying into romance much anymore.

    THanks for the great review!

  3. LOVE that it's so awesome:)

    LOVE the cover:)

  4. *HIGH 5* TNT in the mornings! I watch Angel, Charmed, Supernatural, every am too.
    I am pretty excited to read this book too. I am glad its getting good reviews across the board. I am in need of a good witch series to get into.
    Sometimes I wish they'd leave the romance out completely.

  5. I'm pretty interested in this read. I overall liked her vampire series but toward the end not so much. I hope this turns out better!!


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