Monday, September 5, 2011

Review: Spellbound by Cara Lynn Schultz

Author:Cara Lynn Schultz
Pub. Date:06/28/2011

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 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.

(Summary and cover via Goodreads)


Emma has had a rough life. Her father left while she was still young, and then she had to deal with the deaths of her brother and mother. Left with only her abusive step-father, Emma soon finds herself in the position to go live with her wealthy aunt in New York City. Emma's ready to just get through school and on her way to college (and the rest of her life). Things change when she soon makes some quick enemies...and sees a boy she's instantly drawn to. She soon finds herself caught up in a story that not only seems unbelievable, but it also transcends time to span many generations. Emma is determined to make things better this time.

Although there are paranormal elements, this story is, at it's heart, a fairy tale. Emma is immediately drawn to Brendan in a way she can't explain. Actually, Emma doesn't want to be drawn to him at all. Like any good fairy tale though, they are meant to be. And like any good fairy tale, there are evil forces trying desperately to keep them apart. I really enjoyed this book. The supernatural aspects felt fun and different. It was a very unique way to tell a fairy tale-type story. The idea of "soul-mates"  can sometimes bring about an overwrought romance, but that was not the case in this book. There was just enough give and take to make things interesting but not annoy you with the constant hot-and-cold aspect. 

I found this to be a really fast read, and one that I didn't want to put down. It did a great job of drawing me in from the beginning. I even put aside a couple things I should be reading to finish this book. Like any fairy tale, the bad guys are really bad. Like no redeeming qualities bad. The good guys though had some fabulous grey areas to them that made them much more interesting. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys paranormal books, fairy tales, and sweet romances.

Galley provided by publisher for review.

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