Thursday, June 2, 2011

Review of Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz

Author: Cara Lynn Shultz

Release date: 28th of June 2011
Published by: Harlequin
Imprint: HarlequinTeen
Reading level: FICTION - JUVENILE: YA, Supernatural, Family & Everyday Life
Pages: 344 in NetGalley
From Goodreads:
Spellbound (Harlequin Teen)
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.

I was spellbound by this excellent book. Spellbound is a debut novel of Cara Lynn Shultz and Spellbound is a very good Young Adult book. If you like a good story, interesting characters, supernatural aspects and a good love story, then Spellbound is your book. I can’t wait to read more of Cara Lynn Shultz’s novels.

Regarding the plot:

Meet Emma, a 16 year old girl who has been moved to New York to go to very exclusive Vincent Academy. Emma lives at her Aunt Christine’s place after she lost her family. When Emma starts in her new school, she meets Brendan – a guy who she falls in love with.

Emma’s and Brendan’s story was sweet, filled with longing, intensity and innocence. It seemed so pure even though it was challenged by the unknown threats. The author did excellent work with the relationship between Emma and Brendan. I liked the idea of being soul mates, but it also made me ask myself a question – would it work out between them without the curse? I think it would have. Their relationship was a beautiful read in my opinion. One of the best young adult love stories this year so far.

I enjoyed that the author used legends and poetry in her writing. It might have something to do that I have always loved Shakespeare and his sonnets. And the Legend of the charm and necklace – The Legend of Lord Archer and of his Peasant Wife was captivating.

What I missed in the story was little more insight of Emma as a born witch and I’m also curious about what is going to happen with Anthony and Kristin.

This is a book, which I would like to own and would recommend it to others as well.

Regarding the characters:

I adored Emma; I think she was sweet, but yet spunky and sassy. She dared to stand up for what’s important to her. She hasn’t had very easy childhood, but she is a survivor by the spirit. I think it was really sweet to read how she crushed for Brendan, I think it very usual for 16-years old to become very touchy and feely and emotional and I liked that about Emma. My respect to Emma grows when she faced Anthony and made him to commit his lies. I loved that scene in the book! I think Emma has courage what lots of teenagers do not have, she was not afraid of being different and speaking her mind.

I think most of the girls would fall in love with the guy like Brendan. He was sweet, hot, protective, smart and oh well, wealthy too. His character was one of my favorite amongst this year’s reads. I fell for him while reading and that means that his character was well written by Cara Lynn Shultz. The author made him likable and believable.

Ashley was cute. Sometimes she seemed a little superficial, like a girl do didn’t care much about anything besides clothes and shoes. But I did like her relationship with Emma, that was a real friendship between girls and cousins.

Anthony and Kristin balanced the other characters well. Without them the book might have been flat. They added a spice and some turns and twists to the story. Both of them were also realistic – I’ve met both types when being a teenager myself. Without them the story would have been too sweet.

Angelique also added some interesting aspects to the story and hopefully we will hear more about her when the next books are published!


I would definitely recommend Cara Lynn Shultz’s Spellbound. It is one of the best YA books I’ve read this year and if you think about that this is her debut novel, I will be looking forward to read her coming works!

5 stars out of 5.

Thanks to NetGalley for providing me the free galley to read!

1 comment:

  1. OMG! I love your review! I am so happy to hear that you liked this book because I requested this book on today! Now I will just keep my fingers crossed that I will actually get it!.! And I am sure I will fall in love with Brendan because I fall for fictional characters VERY easily!


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