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
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
(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 always have this issue with books where love at first sight is so apparent that I have to cross my eyes and snicker. But this wasn’t the case with Spellboun ...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.
But even ...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
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
I have to tell myself this when I read a book I thought I was going to like and it turns out the book is horrible. The premise sounds so interesting! "Meeting The One means she's cursed to die a horrible death." WHOA, mega interesting.
Too bad the characters are annoying.
Emma, the main character, can't stand up for herself. I like girls to be strong and able to kick ass if they have to. Breakdowns are fine because it happens. B ...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
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
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
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
Emma is oblivious of how special she is. She had a hard life and tries for a fresh start in New York. Her new high school is full of rich kids and she soon realizes that this isn't the place for her either...except for Brendan Salinger. He's the most beautiful, rich and nasty boy at Upper East Side prep school.
Soon th ...more
Favorite Quote: “Do I look like a freaking fairy-tale princess to you?”
Reviewed by Tori
Sixteen year old Emma Conner hasn’t had an easy life. Her mother and twin brother dies, leaving her alone with her abusive stepfather. When he almost kills her in a car accident, Emma goes to stay with her aunt in New York. Soon Emma is enrolled in a prestigious private school and the center of unwanted attention. Pursued by an unstable boy and the o ...more
Genre: YA Romance
Spellbound, by Cara Lynn Schultz, is the story of 16 year old Emma Connor who as the story begins, is starting school at Vincent Academy as a junior. VA is a co-ed private school in the heart of New York City where children of the rich and famous go to linger and hope that they can get into a prestigious Ivy League school.
Emma hasn’t exactly had the best of luck when it comes to her family. Her twin brother Ethan died when he was 14 of meningitis and her mother ...more
Remember that first love? That first feeling of infatuation where you couldn't wait to see him, hear him speak or just simply look at you? When it seemed like your entire life depended on him noticing you? What if that guy really was as perfect as you thought he was and he turned out to be your soul mate?
Emma Connor hasn't had an easy life when her Great-Aunt/Godmother rescues her and brings her to live with her in New York. In New Yo ...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
|Future Teachers, ...: Crawford. Review 5. Spellbound||1||1||Oct 15, 2016 10:42PM|
|What's The Name o...: SOLVED. Teen romance "fantasy" book with past life lovers? [s]||12||44||Dec 31, 2015 06:09AM|
|YA romance : Spellbound||4||10||Nov 19, 2014 05:59PM|
|Did anyone else think at first that Brendan was sum immortal being?||12||57||Apr 11, 2014 11:44PM|
|The Wide Web of F...: Spellbound||2||11||Feb 01, 2014 01:56PM|
|YA Buddy Readers'...: The Spellbound series By Cara Lynn Shultz - Starting October 17th||25||16||Oct 19, 2013 01:24PM|
|Positively Book C...: Spellbound..Sept. BAM!||14||43||Sep 23, 2011 06:13PM|
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