Series: Spellbound #1
Published by Harlequin Teen on June 21st 2011
Genres: paranormal, young adult
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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 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.
Spellbound by Cara Lynn Schultz was a ridiculously fun read. I enjoyed the first 3/4 of the book a lot. I could hardly put it down, and I didn’t want to. Brendan was the perfect boyfriend. He was everything Edward Cullen never was. Hot, rich, and protective without being overbearing and bossy. And Emma, the protagonist was a strong girl, not a weakling like Bella. Their relationship and bonding was a lot of fun. The author is really great at writing sexual tension and in the scenes where they did kiss, she managed to make it steamy without being dirty. I loved it.
I really adored the side characters too. Aunt Christine, Angelique, and Ashley were all awesome. Anthony and Kristin were the perfect villains. I loved the setting and the writing style. This book was right up my alley and I for the most part really enjoyed it.
I do have a few complaints though. Because I really wanted to give it a five star rating. I always want to give every book a five star rating. Unfortunately, it’s just not realistic.
My #1 complaint. I felt the book was too long. I felt like the pacing was off quite a bit. I wish that it had been tightened up more, because I found myself losing focus a lot after the halfway mark and I really hate when that happens. I just feel like there were some chapters where hardly anything happened, or something did happen but I was confused how it was going to relate to the main plot.
Also, I felt there were some snippets of conversation between the characters that felt a little contrived. It just didn’t feel real. I also felt the ending was lacking in the tension department. It didn’t end badly or anything, I just felt that it could’ve been more than it was.
Now I know I’ve been ranting for the last few paragraphs and it seems like I disliked the book, but I really didn’t. I just feel like it started to lose steam towards the end. And that was really disappointing. But it definitely was a book that I enjoyed reading. And I do recommend it to anyone that liked Twilight or wished Twilight had been better than it was. And I hate comparing books to Twilight. But I feel almost like this one needed to be. And I’m not sure why. I recommend it to the paranormal romance crowd or those readers that like reading about star-crossed lovers. It was a lot of fun. And I may buy a copy of it when it comes out, because I would love to read it again and see if I still felt the same way about everything I said.