Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Review: Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz



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. (Goodreads)

Book Details

Genre: YA, Paranormal
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Harlequin
Published: June 21, 2011
ISBN-10: 0373210302
ISBN-13: 978-0373210305
Source: NetGalley/ Publisher


Emma’s brother dies, her mother dies and then her alcoholic stepfather almost kills her in a car accident, leaving her with a large scar and the talk of her high school. Her aunt steps in and offers to let her live with her in New York and attend St. Vincent Academy, where her aunt is on the board. Emma meets Brandon and it is an intense attraction from the moment she sees him. After a bit of flirting and ignoring each other, Emma’s witchy (literally) friend finds out that the necklace Emma’s brother gave her is actually the pendent that was worn by the ill-fated love of Lord Archer. Are Brendan and Emma reincarnations of Lord Archer and his bride? Could they overcome the curse that would be the death of Emma?
Normally I don’t think of myself as being too old for any Young Adult book, but this is a teen book. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed reading it, more the first half than the last. I liked the fight scene, but the school dance portion lagged.  However, you should know that this book is very much high school reincarnated. If you hated high school, then this is not the book for you.
Happy Endings,
3 moons
3 moons: I liked it.

Recommended For

Teens: There is some kissing, drinking, and a fight scene.

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  1. Great review. I have trouble with a lot of teen books. I think I'll leave this one to my kids.

  2. I think I'll like this as I'm currently in high school and my experience hasn't been too bad. ;) Thanks for the review!

  3. Awesome review!!! I've been thinking about reading this book so I'm glad you liked it :D New follower! PS: thank's for the nice comment about my new blog design :)

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