Sunday, 14 August 2011

Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz

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.

Published June 28th 2011 by Harlequin Teen

I would like to thank Netgalley and Harlequin Teen for providing me a galley of this beautiful book.
I didn’t know what to expect when I started the book but the writing completely mesmerized me.  The protagonist’s voice was snarky and funny and so reminiscent of Meg Cabot books.
Unlike the usually brigade of YA paranormal protagonist’s Emma was brave and down-to-earth. She was  so sarcastic and loyal and I found her endearing. I really loved and cared about her and honestly that probably made me enjoy the book so much more! Protagonist’s sometimes have a far superior part in the book then the plot itself.
Not that the plot was a problem!
The plot was fresh and unique and the past legends completely captivated me! The high school drama and the NYC setting were added perks. Like a delicious cake with cherry on top! There were also pop culture references made and many a witty jokes cracked in this book.
Brendan Salinger had me drooling and his attitude was just irresistible! My parents kept shooting me these rather suspicious looks as I could not keep the grin off my face while reading all the Emma-Brendan romance scenes. It was just so relatable and I don’t know why but the book just made me happy!
I really don’t want to give any anymore of the plot because I know how much fun it will be discovering it on your own as you keep the pages turning.
Fans of star-crossed lovers and YA paranormal will devour this book.
A fantastic and enthralling read!
Go buy this book now because trust me, doomed love was never this FUN!

Similar Books: Fallen By Lauren Kate


  1. I've been wanting to read Spellbound for ages! Glad you enjoyed it, it really looks great. Good to hear all the romance scenes were fab - thanks for the review! :)

  2. Great review! I didn't finish this but I'm glad to see you enjoyed it

  3. I actually heard about this book from a few other blogs, but I've never read it. I LOVE the cover, and the protagonist sounds amazing (I love Meg Cabot! All her books are fantastic!) and fresh. The setting, the plot and background of the story (it sounds like there are layers upon layers to this book and that is awesome), and even the romance appeal to me. Can't wait to check it out. It sounds like a compelling and fun read. Thanks for the review!

  4. I have heard SO much about this book but haven't yet gotten around to reading or even buying it. I'm so glad it's on your giveaway list. Would LOVE to win this one. Gotta love a fresh plot!

  5. I read a lot of reviwes of this book, like yours is great, make me want to buy and read this book. thanks for the review.

  6. I've heard mixed reviews on this one, but I have to read it because my husband's name is Brendan. Honestly though, you intrigued me with the comment about mesmerizing writing. I also like to connect to my characters. Can't wait to pick this one up! I would eat this review up if I were Harlequin Teen!

  7. I'm very excited to read this book! I've heard mostly good things about it and am looking forward to seeing what I think. Your review was very clear about your thoughts - thank you! :)

  8. Heey!
    After reading your review and before writing this comment i had to run to netgalley and download my galley... I decided it is going to be my next reading!
    I am totally into starcrossed love! After I read Starcrossed xD that got my attention.
    And I know about those parental-looks, they just don't understand haha, thank's blogger your followers do know!! xD
    I want to read Meg Cabot, but I'm not sure on what book to start :P
    Great review!

  9. I have more of a question really. Your review made me think that I just might want to read this, however your comment about it being comparable to the Fallen series has me wary. I didn't much care for the Fallen series. I preferred the Hush, Hush series because it attracted more of an adult following. Question is in what regards is it similar to Fallen aside from romance? Do the characters have the same types of personalities? Do they talk the same? If you have time, I am curious to have the answers to these questions. Thanks.

  10. Lenmeo - I would tell you why I think Spellbound is similar to Fallen but it would be SPOILER-ish for those who haven't read Fallen or Spellbound. So I won't. Let's just say a part of the plot is pretty similar. But yeah that's all I really found similar. :)

  11. Nice review! I had been trying to win Spellbound all during it's blog tour and random giveaways on the web..I REALLY REALLY WANT IT lol

  12. I like your review, is really interesting. I have Spellbound in my long list of TBR and still in list I haven´t order it yet, because I have so many books that I dying to read first. But definitivily I´m going check it out.

  13. I keep seeing this one popping up all over! I enjoyed the review.

  14. This book sort of reminds me of Rachel Hawkins' Hex Hall Series given the fun, snarky protagonist Emma (Sophie Mercer) and the irresistible Brendan (Archer Cross). Archer is swoon-worthy like Brendan. And I'd probably get suspicious stares from my family swooning over fictional boys. But they don't know that, do they? Hehe. Have you read the Hex Hall Series by Rachel Hawkins? If not, you totally should! Even the third book, Spell Bound (Hex Hall #3), is worth looking forward to. The book name similarity is what actually made me curious for this book, which led me here. Nice and funny review. Thanks, I'll definitely add Spellbound on my TBR list!:)

  15. Brendan sooo had me drooling. LOVED. HIM. this book was amazing! really can't wait for book 2 (even though this would have been fine as a single book!) :D

  16. I bought this book in the summer on a whim. I was walking by seen it put it in my cart and never looked back. I enjoyed this book A LOT!!! The book does stand well on its own but because of how much I enjoyed it, it is good to know that there will be more!!

  17. I was slightly apprehensive to read this book, despite its beautiful cover, because I saw the words, "similar" and "Fallen" mentioned in the same sentence. I had liked the Fallen series initially, but then it just got bad. But I think i'll definitely try to read it.


  18. This book keeps getting recommended to me by Goodreads. I've put off reading it until now - you've persuaded me! Great review. :)

  19. I absolutely loved this book! It sort of has that Romeo and Juliet touch to it. I thought it was a standalone book. But, I was ecstatic to know there would be a sequel! YAY!



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