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
Here's what we know about the main character...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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
Emma Conner's life has been exceedingly difficult over the past few years. First, her twin brother dies. Then, her dying mother marries her stepfather who is a drunk. After her mother dies, Emma's stepdad almost kills her while driving drunk leaving a massive scar up her arm. This event is th final straw for her and she agrees to go and liv...more
This book was so cliche`, boring, and just plain stupidly written at the beginning, I really have no idea how I finished it. Maybe it was the fact that it was so stupidly written that it was actually funny.
But either way, it was just plain horrible.
(view spoiler)[It got better along the way about 150 pages or so, at last THERE WAS A PLOT TWIST! But there really was no plot. All that she ever did was try to pick a fight with Anthony, the psycho maniac. That was sure a very wise choice. Consid...more
I have some qualms with YA Paranormal lately but I feel like I'm being overly judgmental if I won't give this a chance just because I grew tired reading formulated, predictable plots. I read Spellbound early this year when I was craving for a fantasy-witch-themed novel.
In every book I read there are two or three things I won't forget:
1. The effect it had on me.
2. Character trait(s) that annoyed/amazed me.
3. If I threw the copy after reading it or not.
Quick & Dirty: This reincarnation paranormal falls back on insta-love and a lot of backstory to explain the novel, while Brendan and Emma wait for the other shoe to drop on their tragic romance.
Opening Sentence: It’s always embarrassing to have someone take you to school.
The story begins with Emma starting the semester late at Vincent Academy, one of New York City’s exclusive and snobby prep schools. She’s moved in with her aunt because of her...more
I remember reading Spellbound because I thought it sounded different. But I've just reread the blurb, and ask myself, "Skye, how could you have expected something refreshingly unique from that?" I sheepishly look down at my feet in response.
Immediately, in Spellbound, you're introduced to the stock characters. There's the inexplicably cruel and bitchy popular girl, and the stupid, aggressive jock who teams up with her. There's the flamboya...more
When I receive an e-copy of this book from netgalley I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I waited for awhile until Rachel reviewed this on her site which finally push me to start reading the book. Based on her review, I anticipated a fairytale novel in a modern world with this one. But as I start reading I’m not really sure if the expectations fit, though all those expectations were lost in mist as I am pull inside the world like I am under a spell. After f...more
Emma Conner had been reincarnated several times since the curse was placed on her and her lover, and sh...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
Au départ, je me suis dis que ça serait just...more
Emma's voice was probably my favorite thing about this book. She's hilarious and made me laugh out loud on many different occasions. I'm glad I wasn't drinking anything while I read this because it probably would have shot out of my nose when I started laughing unexpectedly. Her sarcasm, humor, and personality are incredibly contagious...more
This is a really well-done twist on the classic doomed love tale. Emma is a feisty, deserving heroine, and I especially like that Brendan is just as deserving, not just the handsome hunk. The intricacies of the emotional and moral parts of the plot are very nicely played out, intertwined with the love and emotion.
And the love and emotion is definitely there. Emma's confusion about Brendan, especially when his behavior is s...more
Brendan is the good-looking bad boy that all the girls want and who, naturally, never looks at them twice; infact he never looks at them once! But when Emma waltzes into his life...more
The romantic premise, though an overused cliché (reincarnated lovers), is very well introduced and incorporated. However the book fall to temptation to linking more...more
At first, Emma doesn't know that she's a witch. She doesn't understand the sudden pull t...more
|YA Buddy Readers'...: The Spellbound series By Cara Lynn Shultz - Starting October 17th||25||15||Oct 19, 2013 01:24PM|
|Did anyone else think at first that Brendan was sum immortal being?||8||45||Apr 30, 2013 11:44PM|
|Paranormal Book Club: Spellbound..Sept. BAM!||14||42||Sep 23, 2011 06:13PM|