Spellbound (Spellbound #1)
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 Sali...more
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Tragically, most YA PNRs these days show just about the same amount of imagination and innovation in their writing as they do in their covers. But hold on! This is not necessarily a bad thing, sometimes.
Now let's be honest, nobody expects paperback romance...more
Here's what we know about the main character...more
So, to begin this review; after reading all of my friend's feelings on this book, I thought I really wasn't going to like it, maybe even despise it. The masochist in me forced me to read this book, thinking I was going to end up looking something like this:
Why do I do this to myself?!?! Why, Shultz?! whyyyyyyy?!? *runs away sobbing*
Truly, though, I was a little bit surprised and I did like the book. I didn't look like this:
Wow that was freak...more
First I was drowning in instalove, only to be suffocated by major wish-fulfillment about a third of the way through. A hot, rich boyfriend who gives you a sapphire ring just because he's thinking of you and pic...more
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.
This is the story of Emma, who couldn't have had a more horrible life. She lost her mother and her twin brother Ethan and her step-dead was a drunk that nearly got her killed. This is why she mov...more
The beginning of this book was fabulous. Emma is sarcastic, humorous, and snarky without overdoing it. I love how she doesn’t take any of the mean girl’s crap and spits it back in her face. There was this nice, subtle build up to the other magic plot and a sort of suspense about these cryptic warnings being delivered by her brother.
But after 100 or so pages, it took a turn into gag me now, shitville. This is...more
(FYI - THERE WILL BE MILD SPOILERS AHEAD.)
First let's talk about Emma. What I loved about her was that she's been through a hell of a lot, but she's not your typical world-weary protagonist. She definitely wants a better life, she wants a chance to start over. She...more
I only had one slight issue with the writing. Nothing major. So lets' get that out of the way and move on to the awesome sauce. My only complaint is that I felt it could have used some better editing. And here is what I mean by that. Note this is just a example and not an actually sentence from the book.
"I saw the most perfect silky, smooth bl...more
Three and a half stars: A novel with a curse, star crossed lovers and more.
Emma survived a rough couple of years. She lost her twin brother and mother in two years time. She was left living with her drunken stepfather, who nearly killed her in a car accident while driving drunk. Thankfully, her Aunt Christine, who is a recent widow with no children, takes her in and turns Emma's life around. Emma moves to New York and is...more
So lately I have been complaining a lot about stories that, because there's sequel coming, end abruptly and don't seem to finish the storyline at all. I hate to be left hanging in an evil cliffie.
And that's why I love this book.
It reminded me of why I beg for more when there's something awesome. As far as I know, there is no sequel planned, but I want one. And not because the storyline wasn't wrapped up--it was. But I want MORE of them. More...more
I am doing my book report over the book "Spellbound" by: Cara Lynn Shultz. This is a paranormal romance book that touches on the subject of teen love and witchcraft. A young girl meets the love of her life and they seem to be soul-mates, but there's a horrible curse attached to their story. Emma and Brendan must fight to stay alive and stay together or their love story will continue to end generation after generation.
Emma and Brendan are soul-mates and are hopelessly in love with...more
The plot was pretty foreseeable (girl meets boy and has to fight against the forces of evil to live happily ever after with him) but I found the whole reincarnation thing very well constructed and organized.
I liked the author's prose, it gave lightness both to the story and to the main character's feelings and made the whole book very fluent.
I think the school part was way too cliched and it felt funny...more
Now, let's analyze it (or try to, better said).
I don't know what else to say about the plot that is not yet said. In short, it's predictable and full of clichés. And not really Paranormal Romance clichés, because besides the starcrossed lovers story and the "random discovery" in the middle of the book (aka "...more
Being someone who adores New York City, I was so pleased to discover that Spellbound take...more
In the world of paranormal romance, Spellbound is a book full of cliches, but fights them and actually stands alone pretty strongly. Overall, a fun romance with action, legends and great music references!
Cliche 1: Emma moves to NYC to live with her rich aunt after a life of loss with her family and has to start school at a posh private school. At the private school she meets: 1) Kristen- A blonde *itchy girl who hates her right away; 2) Anthon...more
What makes Spellbound work so well is the slow build up on all fronts. Nothing is shoved in your face early or often. The witchcraft is hinted at a few times but isn't fully expanded upon until it becomes ne...more
Emma has had a very tragic life up to this and now, at the age of 16, she has gone to live with her aunt in New York. She is just starting at a private school, Vincent Academy, where she makes some good friends, and so...more
I felt so bad for Emma, she had not had the best life. She looked at moving in with her aunt as a new beginning. She did get a new life, but not exactly what she had expected.
My favorite character would have to be Ashley, Emma's cousin. She is your typical ditzy teenager. Boy crazy!!!! I enjoyed the relationship between Emma and Ashley and the fact that when Ashley was in trouble, she had turned to Emma.
Emma and Brendan...I was...more
After the deaths of Emma's brother and mother she was having a horrible time trying to get her life back on track. Then after an accident that almost takes her own life Emma's great-aunt offers her a chance to move to a new pl...more
A precious gift from a dead, twin brother. A boy who thinks he can have anyone he wants. A best friend who just happens to be a witch. And an aunt who gives you a chance to start over at a new school in a new city. These are the key elements that start Emma's story. Oh but wait, I forgot one very important item -- the dark haired, green eyed boy whose gaze Emma just can't seem to shake.
I love a story where love-at-first-sight makes sense and in the case of Brendan an...more
Things I liked
-The cover and how it relates to the story
-Angelique and Cisco...more
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