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3.45  ·  Rating Details  ·  556 Ratings  ·  188 Reviews
There's more than one way to be powerful . . .

It is during a routine school project that Abby Silva--sixteen and nearly friendless--makes a startling discovery: She is descended from women who were accused of witchcraft back in 1600s Salem. And when Abby visits nearby Salem, strange, inexplicable events start to unfold. Objects move when she wills them to. Candles burst in
Paperback, 272 pages
Published April 1st 2013 by Scholastic Point
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An easy-going, reasonably fun read. That is what this book was.

The book is written in first person perspective of a teenage girl named Abby. She is just your average high school student for the most part, except lacking in friends. She only has one at a time, which I found kind of odd since she wasn't the some major introvert either. Naturally, like so many stories before this one, she likes the most popular guy in school. Likewise, his girlfriend is the nastiest piece of work in the school.

A s
Jan 31, 2013 Elspeth rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc

This review has spoilers...

I am just so disgusted with this book, let me count the clichés...

What is it with cookie cutter tropes these days, is there a check list out there that some authors follow thinking that their book is going to be the next best thing? I seriously hope not because I am getting damned sick of all these knock off young adult stories.

We first meet Abby when she is having a nightmare on the bus, dreaming about a past life where she is being drowned as a witch. This is not the
Alana ~ The Book Pimp
*MEH* Is the word of the day for this.

Look at that cover, looks intriguing, right? If you're into YA and witches (LOVED me some Secret Circle back in the day) then from the cover, the title, even the blurb... it looks like this may just be good. Magical powers, ancestral ties to the Salem witch trials, hot guys(s)... Yes Please! And then you actually read it. *Sigh* ... and not in a good way.

Pretty much think of EVERY stereotype used in YA... awkward, shy girl: check. Hot popular boy that doesn'
Sophie Riggsby
Mar 12, 2013 Sophie Riggsby rated it really liked it
*Review posted on Page Turners on April 1, 2013*

I love stories about Salem, Massachusetts maybe because I still remember my class field trips there. Sure I remember the touristy parts of it, but I also recall the museum and the history it explained. Witch trials are fascinating because, even in our modern times, they still occur. With a setting like salem, you may be expecting a dark urban fantasy story, which you won’t find here. But, if you’re in the mood for a story about an invisible (social
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Spellbinding is a quick read about a girl named Abby who discovers that she is the descendent of a witch from Salem. It's an interesting concept bogged down by a mediocre plot, uninteresting characters, and a dreadful romance. I really wanted to like Spellbinding, but it was executed terribly. Spellbinding is filled to the brim with cliches and generic, overused paranormal tropes.

It's kind of ridiculous when a quarter of a book is
Suzanne Lilly
Jan 21, 2013 Suzanne Lilly rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-paranormal
Maya Gold has created a spellbinding tale for young adults with this story of a teen caught between her present life at Ipswich High School and past memories of a life in Salem, Massachusetts during the witch hunting mania. Abigail Silva thinks she is the invisible girl on campus. She has nothing special that people remember about her. But when she finds out she has special powers, and begins practicing with them, she learns that they have unintended consequences. She gains the attention of a bo ...more
Alanna (The Flashlight Reader)
Dec 12, 2012 Alanna (The Flashlight Reader) rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs, ya
Well, I have to admit this one didn't make much of an impression on me. It had a fairly nice story to pull me along, but beyond that I wasn't feeling much.

Let's start with the plot, shall we? I do love a good Salem witch story. With that said, this was an interesting twist to the age old story. There were witches, but probably not in the way you were expecting. For that, I was grateful.

The stereotypes and plot elements you would expect in a YA novel about Salem were in full force. You had the
Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
I was given this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Spellbinding by Maya Gold stars Abby, who is a nerdy brainiac who is in love with the school's most popular boy. She is tormented by the trio of mean girls who rule the school. When she is given a school project to look at her geneology, she realizes that she is descended from a "witch" from Salem. Then things start getting really weird and she realizes that she may have other talents than she realized.

At first, I was shocked
Kelly (Belle of the Literati)

"Or have I inherited something else from my forebears
--not magic, but madness?
There's a word for people who hear voices and see things,
and it's scizophrenia.
--Maya Gold, Spellbinding

I've been looking for a good witch story for awhile now and when I saw this on NetGalley it sounded pretty good, kinda right on track with what I was looking for...and it was good. Not fantastic and drop everything right now but right in the middle. The book was fast-paced and definitely kept my attention. It was
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Spellbinding by Maya Gold was a quick and easy read that I think would be perfect for the younger-end of the YA readers spectrum. The story was simplistic but interesting, the characters just colorful enough, and the romance present but chaste. I imagine this book could become very popular with younger girls that are just beginning to venture into the reading world of YA fantasies.

Abby Silva just turned sixteen and is awkward and bit un
Spellbinding, by Maya Gold seems to be designed for younger readers. I had a hard time picturing the main character, Abby as being sixteen years old.

Abby does suffer from the usual teen angst, crushing on the hot guy at school, someone who would never ordinarily give her a second glance. Then, there are the usual nasty girl cliques that menace her constantly. Abby feels out of place, out of sorts and like she is going out of her mind! During a school project, Abby discovered she is a descendent
Jun 08, 2013 Patrick rated it it was ok
Shelves: historical
A decent, bubble-gum, trashy summer read that uses the ancestry of Salem, Mass and possible, modern-day witch powers as a plot device for it's romance story.

Abby Silva is plain, dull and boring. "Invisible," as she says herself, to her junior class at Ipswich High School. That is, until, Abby discovers that she has magic powers. This discovery comes accidentally when she really, really wishes to pass her drivers test, but becomes more pronounced when she discovers an ancient spell book while doi
Nov 03, 2013 Wenjie rated it it was ok
Shelves: wtf-was-dis
I purchased this book for a shocking amount of $8.00 ($8.00!!!) for a variety of reasons. First, the cover was decent (I know, don't judge a book by its cover, but admit it, we all do). The description on the back was pretty interesting, and, lastly, it is by a "Maya", coincidentally the namesake of one of my good friends (yeah... not a very good reason but whatever). Now, the idea behind the plot may have been a good one, but it is stuffed full of cliches and riddled with as many holes as a hun ...more
Mar 28, 2013 Kimberly rated it it was ok
I like witchy things especially those related to Salem, Massachusetts and witch trials, so I was excited and intrigued about the premise of Spellbinding. Gold offered a sweet, well paced tale that I enjoyed but sadly will forget after writing this review.

The tale begins when we meet Abby Silva a sixteen year old suffering from nightmares, who is not part of any group at school; she simply exists. Like most teens, she has a crush on the star jock, hates her hair and longs to fit in. A school proj
Mar 16, 2015 Hanna rated it it was amazing
The book Spellbinding by Maya Gold is one of the best books I have read. It is about a normal sixteen year old girl who faces normal problems, such as bullies, guys, friends, and family issues, but finds she has special powers. Upon getting a job in Salem, Massachusetts, the same place the famous witch trials were held in the 1600's. The main character discovers she is descended from one of the women accused of being a witch, and that she does in fact possess a witch's powers. She is hunted down ...more
I thought the premise of this book would be quite interesting. Can’t go wrong with the history of Salem add to that a little magic and who wouldn’t want to read this book, right? Well, for one the characters where not likeable, Abby just read like a selfish, spoiled brat. She isn’t getting the necessary attention from certain someone so she decides to cast spells on others, not very nice. I almost felt like I was reading the middle school version of the Craft mixed in with Mean Girls. The guys w ...more
Apr 13, 2013 Kay rated it liked it
Spellbinding was so much fun! It felt like a shorter review would better suit my thoughts, but I really did enjoy it!

It reminded me of movies like The Craft, going back to the basics of witchy stories without completely reinventing the genre. There’s been so much reinvention in the YA supernatural genre lately, it was actually refreshing to read something where I didn’t feel like the author was trying too hard! On the contrary, Spellbinding was a breeze to read. It has entertainment and a fun na
Never pick up a book in the library at random just because your bored and the cover looks cool. (Gee, I got to stop doing that!)
This book is so after school special meets "Teen witch". I wish I could delve more into the story and plot for ya kids but really it's all there on the back of the book and in the many comments on this website. The main character Abby is an amalgamation of all the "Teen Witch" tropes with the only added bonus that you get a nice history lesson sneaked in. (Hence the aft
Feb 02, 2014 Seanean rated it it was ok

Abby has spend her entire life being invisible. No one notices her and that's OK. The only person she wants to notice her is the cutest, most popular guy in school, but being ignored by him only helps Abby because there is no way she wants to get noticed by his girlfriend and mean girl of the school.

Suddenly though, things are changing. Things happen around Abby just because she thinks them, even if she doesn't really mean them. And things really start to
Mar 06, 2013 Kate rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, read-in-2013
This book would have worked better as a middle grade novel. The main character is immature, her witchy powers too Mary Sue-ish, the secondary characters were little more than stereotypes. The writing was fine, and this book would probably have appealed to me when I was in fifth or sixth grade. I did enjoy the Salem setting and the history of the witch trials. I just can't recommend this as a good read for YA readers.
Mar 20, 2014 Svenja rated it liked it
I liked the book. It was okay but not the best.

The beginning was really good and I was immediatly inside the story and couldn't put it down. But halfway through the story I kind of got stucked and found it boring. It wasn't really because of the sotryy but because of the characters. Some of Abby's decisions I couldn't understand. She was so childlike and petty. I drove me nuts a little bit and more than one time I really wanted to slap her so she wakes up and acts like the sixteen year old the i
Maddie McLeod
Disclaimer: DNF at page 30.

I'm seriously too tired of reading YA books that are riddled with cliches. An average girl who is a targeted outcast at school. She likes the popular boy who has a vicious girlfriend. And with the way things were going, I fully expect that there is a love triangle at some point, too. If you finished the book, was I right? :D

Anyways, I picked this up because I wanted to try a book that normally, I wouldn't pick up. I also loved The Crucible so I was intrigued by the id
Jul 30, 2012 Ann rated it really liked it
Abby discovers she's a witch. Living near Salem she has resources available to research her family. Good teen read. No sex or gore.
Stephanie Cover2CoverBlog
Feb 03, 2014 Stephanie Cover2CoverBlog rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-netgalley
I have a love for all things involving witches, it started young and I still love everything about them and stories that feature them. When I saw this book on Netgalley I immediately requested it, sadly due to being a huge slacker it has taken me forever to read it, but it was a wonderful book and only took me a night to get through it.

Abby is a high school Junior about to be done for the summer, but not without a few more assignments. One of which is extra credit after a test that did not go w
Apr 30, 2013 Kat rated it it was ok
Abby is invisible, or so it seems. She only has one friend, and the guy she has had a crush on forever barely knows who she is. She also suffers from horrible headaches, and reoccurring nightmares about drowning in a past life. The only good thing about these dreams is the guy she keeps seeing, the guy she knows she is connected to, the buy with the blue slash through his green eyes.

Then, during a history project, Abby learns that she is related to one of the women convicted of Witchcraft during
Mar 12, 2013 Kate rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013-challenge

It's been awhile since I've had the time to sit and read a book. When I finally had some free time I checked what was next on my TBR pile and picked up this book. I was instantly hooked. Gold did a great job at connecting her story to traditional Salem Witch Trial lore and it was fun to read. I so wanted to love this book from start to finish, but there a few little things that let me down in the end.

First the good:

Gold creates a great main character in Abby. She's relate able and it was very
Crys (The Hodgenator)
Now, I love a good witchy read. I mean, I really, really love one. I am always looking for one that brings a new twist into my reading, so I was excited when I saw this on Netgalley. I became even more excited when I saw that it takes place in Salem, MA, one of my favorite places to visit.

The one thing I enjoyed about the novel was that the plot was fast-paced. There was no lull. Gold took readers into Abby’s world and BOOM! We were off and going until the very end. With that said, I found the p
Sarah Jane
Jan 02, 2016 Sarah Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Disclaimer: I received a e-copy from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinions.

As a child, I went through many phases of interests. For the most part, they have always stuck with me. I still love big cats, meteorology, and the Salem Witch Trials. Almost every single year for Halloween, I was a witch. I loved it. So when I saw this book on NetGalley, I jumped at the opportunity to request it!

Abby is a 16 year old girl living in Massachusetts. She has one friend who is a senior, but other tha
Feb 04, 2016 Shanella rated it liked it
Shelves: fluff-n-stuff
Maya Gold’s Spellbinding has a tried and true plot with a magical spin. Abby is a loner at her school with only one person whom she considers a friend. She’s crushing on the clueless (but brilliant) cute guy whose girlfriend is the popular girl that terrorizes anyone who gets in her way. Abby is given a history assignment to research her family tree, she finds that her mother’s family were descendants of Salem witches and just around the same time, strange things start happening.

Spellbinding wa
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.

Quick & Dirty: This was a cute easy read. I enjoyed it but I would recommend it for a younger age group.

Opening Sentence: The girls shriek and writhe on the floor of the meetinghouse, tearing their hair, their white aprons.

The Review:

Abby Silva recently discovered that she is descended from the famous Sarah Good. Sarah Good was accused of witchcraft in Salem in the 1600′s and she was later hung. Abbey has always been a little different and weird things st
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