Friday, July 13, 2012

Review: Spellcaster by Cara Lynn Shultz

Hi all!

My second review! Hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed this book :)




Title: Spellcaster
Series: Spellbound, book  #2
Release date: 27th of March 2012
Published by: Harlequin
Imprint: HerlequinTeen
Reading level: FICTION - JUVENILE: YA, Supernatural, Family & Everyday Life
Pages: 371 in Paperback
Source: Bought from The Book Depository

Summary:

Finding your eternal soulmate - easy.

Stopping a true-love-hungry evil - not so much…

After breaking a centuries-old romantic curse, Emma Connor is (almost) glad to get back to normal problems. Although...it's not easy dealing with the jealous cliques and gossip that rule her exclusive Upper East Side prep, even for a sixteen-year-old newbie witch. Having the most-wanted boy in school as her eternal soul mate sure helps ease the pain-especially since wealthy, rocker-hot Brendan Salinger is very good at staying irresistibly close....

But something dark and hungry is using Emma and Brendan's deepest fears to reveal damaging secrets and destroy their trust in each other. And Emma's crash course in über-spells may not be enough to keep them safe…or to stop an inhuman force bent on making their unsuspected power its own.
Review:
I thought the first book was simple, enjoyable and sweet. With a plot which didn’t need some extremely detailed back story and confusing character history and setting to make it work and be special. There are so many books nowadays with great plots, visions and ambitions that don’t quite achieve their full potential in one way or another. So why not still make it interesting yet simple. Spellcaster is as easy to read and like as the first book.
I didn’t expect Spellbound to have a sequel since there were no significant ties left loose. I’m also usually skeptical of sequels being not as good as the originals having been let down many times, but as I didn’t really know what to expect with this book maybe that’s why I ended up liking it.
Brendan and Emma are enjoying their relationship as soul mates and even though the troubles of the last book are still on their minds they have moved one. Brendan’s past, however, decides to disrupt their blissful time with each other in the form of a “wicked witch” and Emma will have to stay confident in her position as Brendan’s most beloved person and get to know her newfound witch powers to stand her ground
Characters:
I like Emma, it’s just that simple, I like Emma. She isn’t your typical needy/irrational heroine nor is she a complete independent kick-ass. She stays herself and doesn’t loose her identity and her own will because of her soul mate. I like that while Emma was feeling insecure to some degree about Brenda’s not so innocent past she picked herself up or had Brendan put things into perspective quite quickly without wallowing in self pity. She’s witty and likeable, an ordinary (well maybe not quite) but cool girl.
Brendan is definitely in my list of favorite YA heroes. There are few heroes that make me giddy and a fan girl. He’s sweet, boyish, hot, loving, brave etc etc etc. But I can’t help but feel that he is too perfect in the way he treats Emma at times and his over protectiveness may be seen as super sweet and oh so swoon worthy, but it got on my nerves on occasion. Emma may be too daring and rash at times but she was able to stand up for herself and her being a witch gave at least me confidence in her abilities and intelligence. I really admired scenes with Brendan when he showed real worry and emotion towards Emma being in danger. When he “broke down” and was so vulnerable after the talk with Angelique after Emma’s decision in the end I found that really appealing and strangely sexy. One thing, however, I was hoping would be explored in this book but unfortunately wasn’t was that fact that in the first one it briefly mentions that Brendan also might possess some connection to magic because of his predecessor. I’d love to see Brendan cast some spells.
I adore Brendan and Emma together, their scenes are quite hot and sexy for a generally tame YA book. Their passion felt more realistic than the usual peck or two and definitely nothing too physical that I’ve encountered in many other YA books. At the same time, they are reasonable and responsible regarding the topic of sex and that is admirable. I also like how their soul mate bond is presented, they are so young but are probably bound together forever but it doesn’t feel as if they are being suffocated by their destiny or that it overshadows their actual relationship or its development.
Angelique had a much bigger role in this book and some parts of it in her own POV.  I wasn’t a big fan of her and it’s a mystery since she’s sassy, smart and a good friend to Emma. Maybe it was the fact that she was just too convenient in the plot, I can’t explain.
I really like that fact that the other characters that may have seemed too cliché in the first book weren’t’ that noticeable in those roles anymore, except for Kristin of course as the dumb mean girl. Cisco had his chances to stand out in this one at least a little as well, I’m fond of him.
Overall:
A likeable heroine, a hunky hero, enjoyable plot – I like!

I don’t know if there will be another part to this but even if there would be I’d still read it and probably like it as well.



4 stars!

LIIS

4 comments:

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  2. MY NAME IS JANICES WALLOCKS FROM HOUSTON,TEXAS.I NEVER BELIEVED IN LOVE SPELLS OR MAGIC UNTIL I MET THIS SPELL CASTER ONCE WHEN I WENT TO AFRICA IN DECEMBER LAST YEAR ON A BUSINESS SUMMIT. HE IS REALLY POWERFUL AND COULD HELP CAST SPELLS TO BRING BACK ONE'S GONE,LOST,MISBEHAVING LOVER LOOKING FOR SOME ONE TO LOVE YOU, BRING BACK LOST MONEY AND MAGIC MONEY SPELL OR SPELL FOR A GOOD JOB.I'M NOW HAPPY & A LIVING TESTIMONY COS THE MAN I HAD WANTED TO MARRY LEFT ME 2 WEEKS BEFORE OUR WEDDING AND MY LIFE WAS UPSIDE DOWN COS OUR RELATIONSHIP HAS BEEN ON FOR 2YEARS... I REALLY LOVED HIM, BUT HIS MOTHER WAS AGAINST US AND HE HAD NO GOOD PAYING JOB. SO WHEN I MET THIS SPELL CASTER, I TOLD HIM WHAT HAPPENED AND EXPLAINED THE SITUATION OF THINGS TO HIM..AT FIRST I WAS UNDECIDED,SKEPTICAL AND DOUBTFUL, BUT I JUST GAVE IT A TRY. AND IN 7 DAYS WHEN I RETURNED TO TEXAS, MY BOYFRIEND (NOW HUSBAND) CALLED ME BY HIMSELF AND CAME TO ME APOLOGIZING THAT EVERYTHING HAD BEEN SETTLED WITH HIS MOM AND FAMILY AND HE GOT A NEW JOB INTERVIEW SO WE SHOULD GET MARRIED..I DIDN'T BELIEVE IT COS THE SPELL CASTER ONLY ASKED FOR MY NAME AND MY BOYFRIENDS NAME AND ALL I WANTED HIM TO DO... WELL WE ARE HAPPILY MARRIED NOW AND WE ARE EXPECTING OUR LITTLE KID,AND MY HUSBAND ALSO GOT THE NEW JOB AND OUR LIVES BECAME MUCH BETTER. IN CASE ANYONE NEEDS THE SPELL CASTER FOR SOME HELP, HIS EMAIL ADDRESS IS:shakesspear23@yahoo.com OR shakesspear23@gmail.com ......HOPE HE HELPS YOU OUT. HURRY NOW AND CONTACT HIM NOW VIA EMAIL ADDRESS:shakesspear23@yahoo.com OR shakesspear23@gmail.com.

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  3. My Name is Dan Anelos ..I never believed in Love Spells or Magics until I met this special spell caster when i contact this man called shakesspear23@yahoo.com OR shakesspear23@gmail.com Execute some business..He is really powerful..My wife divorce me with no reason for almost 4 years and i tried all i could to have her back cos i really love her so much but all my effort did not work out.. we met at our early age at the college and we both have feelings for each other and we got married happily for 5 years with no kid and she woke up one morning and she told me she’s going on a divorce..i thought it was a joke and when she came back from work she tender to me a divorce letter and she packed all her loads from my house..i ran mad and i tried all i could to have her back but all did not work out..i was lonely for almost 4 years…So when i told the spell caster what happened he said he will help me and he asked for her full name and her picture..i gave him that..At first i was skeptical but i gave it a try cos have tried so many spell casters and there is no solution…so when he finished with the readings,he got back to me that she’s with a man and that man is the reason why she left me…The spell caster said he will help me with a spell that will surely bring her back.but i never believe all this…he told me i will see a positive result within 3 days..3 days later,she called me herself and came to me apologizing and she told me she will come back to me..I cant believe this,it was like a dream cos i never believe this will work out after trying many spell casters and there is no solution..The spell caster is so powerful and after that he helped me with a pregnancy spell and my wife got pregnant a month later..we are now happy been together again and with lovely kid..This spell caster has really changed my life and i will forever thankful to him..he has helped many friends too with similar problem too and they are happy and thankful to him..This man is indeed the most powerful spell caster have ever experienced in life..Am Posting this to the Forum in case there is anyone who has similar problem and still looking for a way out..you can reach him here:shakesspear23@yahoo.com OR shakesspear23@gmail.com... CONTACT THIS GREAT AND POWERFUL SPELL CASTER CALLED SHAKES SPEAR ... HIS EMAIL ADDRESS IS :shakesspear23@yahoo.com OR shakesspear23@gmail.com... CONTACT HIM NOW AND BE FAST ABOUT IT SO HE CAN ALSO ATTEND TO YOU BECAUSE THE EARLIER YOU CONTACT HIM NOW THE BETTER FOR YOU TO GET QUICK SOLUTION TO ALL YOUR PROBLEMS...

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  4. GREAT FATHER



    HOW DR.ORIOMON HELP ME BRING BACK MY EX HUSBAND BACK TO ME


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