Friday, May 27, 2011

Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz

Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pages: 384
Genre: YA Paranormal, Romance, Fantasy
Source: Netgalley ARC
ISBN: 0373210302

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.

The news of this book was heralded by the many other book reviewers I network with. Until then, I had heard nothing of it. So my excitement was up there when I began this read. In the end, I felt that I shouldn't have gotten my hopes up.
Emma is a unique young girl who just wanted to start a new life without the past haunting her. Her move not only brought the dreams of her family's death racing back, but she is being haunted by other pasts not of her own. It becomes a race against fate as she tries to solve the meaning and answers to the strange things that have been happening.
Brendan Salinger is the modern day gentleman that every girl dreams will ask her to the prom. Not wanting to give his heart to anyone, he chose to not have a serious connection to any girl at his high school. Then Emma transferred and his high class world took a chaotic turn. Diving into the curse that brought them together, his character handled every twist and turn.
Emma was hard to relate to. For being someone who was slightly hardened from her past, she seemed to believe the witch's tales pretty quickly and earnestly. It seems implausible, but a teen in love just might go along with anything.
Spellbound was a quick read and entertaining, but not one that I would keep on my favorite shelf. If you want an easy read for a trip to just dive into the paranormal world, this is the one for you!

1 comment:

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