Sunday, 10 July 2011

Review: Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz

  Title: Spellbound
Author: Cara Lynn Schultz
Released: 28 June 2011
Source: HarlequinTEEN via Netgalley
Reviewed by: Sapphired Dragon
Sapphired Dragon rating : ****

Synopsis via Goodreads  

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.

I wasn't really sure what to expect when i started this novel. I has heard mostly good things and read the synopsis but when it started, I worried a little it miht turn out not much more than a Gossip Girl type story.

However I was pleasantly surprised instead to find a charming sweet story with that dash of supernatural in it that makes a story, at least in my opinion, so much more.

I guess having watched tv shows like Gossip Girl, it made may of Shultz's descriptions come to life even more and her descriptions made feel like i knew the locations well.  However it was the characters that really made the story.

I liked the main character Emma, she was smart, witty and strong and Brendan made we want to swoon alongside Emma and the rest of the girls at Vincent Academy. The only characters I couldn't really get a handle on were Kristin and Anthony.  Though I think was more to do with me necessarily than the writing. 

Overall though this was a charming, smart, sweet story that had me pretty much hooked till the end.  I definitely enjoyed it and thought it well worth 4 stars. 

Sapphired Dragon xx 


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