Spellbound (Spellbound #1)
Author: Cara Lynn Shultz
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Published: June 28, 2011
Rating: 4 Birds
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.
My Take: Magic, teenage hearts, story set in New York? Where could I possibly go wrong with a story that holds so much that I already enjoy?
So it’s true, I based this book at first completely off of the synopsis and dove in head first. And it’s with greatness that I did, because I ended up absolutely enjoying the way the story played out.
Emma is a really enjoyable character who is very intrigued by what’s happening to her as her life gets flipped upside down and she’s thrown into a totally different situation. Not only does the prospect of a small school seem strange to her, but she’s forced into it without anyone she really knows – at least that’s what she thinks.
She does have her cousin to help her out…but her cousin is only a freshman and Emma’s a junior. Those simply don’t mix right? So relying heavily on her own cousin is something she didn’t really think she’d do, nor was sticking up for her cousin. But she does.
Emma also meets the boy who causes her a lack of sleep, and a little heartache along the way. Brendan is this great mystery in the beginning of the story and someone I didn’t know if I could fully understand. He was such a fantastic character in his own right because he wasn’t the same as every other male character that’s played out in stories…at least to me.
Honestly, if I’m to say more, I’d end up basically giving a retelling of the story – so that’s what I leave you all with. It’s enjoyable, cute at times, and fell right into my heart!
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