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Saturday, May 21, 2011

ARC Review: Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz

Release Date: June 21, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Rated: YA
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*Book provided by the publisher for review*

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.

What I thought:

Enjoyable reincarnation story. I was able to get lost in Cara Lynn Shultz's story for the most part. It wasn't too heavy into the paranormal or urban fantasy as I had thought when I picked it up. The slight magic elements to it made it more interesting, since the curse or magic didn't overwhelm the story. The story was really interesting, I tend to lean more towards the novels that are clearly paranormal romance or urban fantasy, so this was a nice change.

I actually found myself tearing up a little when reading about Emma's past. I couldn't imagine some of the things she went through. It was a different kind of character. She just wanted to be invisible, even if it didn't work out for her. At all.

I liked Emma. I didn't so much like Brendan at first. I didn't like the snubbing, I didn't like the reason behind it. I thought it was weak point, since I was expecting something big to have been the reason for the snub. But after about half the book or so, I started to come around and started to like him. I don't know if I completely loved him at the end though.

I'm curious to know if this will be a series or a stand alone novel. I did email the author, and there will be another, and I'm pretty excited about that. I found the bit at the end with Angelique (after the the story is over) very interesting and I can't wait to see what that is all about.

My Rating:
 

7 comments:

P.E. said...

I love the premise of this story. I'm glad the supernatural stuff didn't overwhelm it all. Emma seems like an interesting character and I can't wait to read her story. Thanks for the review!

Jules (The Great, The Good and The Bad) said...

I have this to read and I really need to get round to it soon! Great review as always! :)

Candace said...

I just loaded this on my kobo today. I had it on my computer a couple weeks before I got around to it. I think it sounds interesting and hopefully I can get to it soon!

Aimee said...

Thanks! I wasn't sure if I would like this one, since I tend to avoid the Romeo & Juliet plots.

Lily Child said...

Oooooh...this one sounds interesting! Great review! :)

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