Review: Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz

Spellbound (Harlequin Teen)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 am kind of in a bit of shock over how much I loved this book. When things are explained away as “magic” the book takes a major hit or miss for me. I’m not a big magic person, so I have to really love the story. This book read like a romantic fairy tale with a splash of magic, it also felt more like a contemporary at times than something magical. I actually find myself a bit disappointed in the lack of magic, because I figured there’d be a bit more of it. But I’m not so disappointed that I don’t feel like touting this book as a big “must read” for this year.

There’s no secret I love romance, but I don’t tend to read books that are strictly romance. I like that little balance a good storyline has to offer with the romance thrown in. Spellbound is that book, it’s a strong story that I devoured pretty quickly because I just HAD to know where it was going.

Emma has led a hard life so far, especially in the past two years. She’s remarkably tough and smart. Brendan is dreamy, protective, and just perfect…but he also has just a touch of a violent streak. I felt that their love had a great build-up. One thing I didn’t like was the lack of Cisco. Seriously, I loved him!

I’m hoping there will be a second book to further tie up some of the few loose ends that were left.

Spellbound hits stores June 21st, so make sure you go get it! I received my copy courtsey of Netgalley in exchange for my review.

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  1. Cait says:

    Great review! I’ve seen some mixed views on this, but I’ll definitely be giving it a go. so glad you enjoyed it.

    The Cait Files

  2. kaye (paper reader) says:

    I received this from NetGalley but pre-ordered it after I read it as that’s how much I enjoyed it. I’m not really into stories about witches but it all just worked so well for me that I’m definitely looking forward to more from her!

  3. Preet says:

    I totally thought about thong song when you said Cisco. Just thought I’d share, hehe.

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