I enjoyed Spellbound a lot, as I was very quickly curious about the mysterious Brendan and eager to learn what is was that he was hiding. Though I gotI enjoyed Spellbound a lot, as I was very quickly curious about the mysterious Brendan and eager to learn what is was that he was hiding. Though I got a bit frustrated with what it quickly becoming a cliché idea – the ‘I love you, but I have to stay away from you for your own safety’, Spellbound’s overall story kept me from putting the book down.
The characters in Spellbound are very real feeling, with both Emma and Brendan feeling well-rounded, with the annoying faults of teenagers and moments of lovable courage. The supporting roles have been written excellently as well, with characters such as Emma’s cousin Ashley. As Emma’s cousin Ashley is much more than just a character inserted to help Emma transition into a new environment. One of my few real faults with Spellbound is that as a fantasy book, it was actually pretty light on the fantasy. The magic in the book is often played down, and left me curious about if the author was light on it so that it could be more fully explored in a sequel.
One of my favorite parts of Spellbound is that it tells a story in its entirety – in a world where it has become common for a book to have a sequel or two, it was refreshing to see a concrete beginning, middle and end. While the author could certainly follow-up with another book if she so chose, I am not left hanging for another year as I so often have been lately. I would definitely recommend this to fans of modern-day books with fantasy, as well as fans of teen romance....more
Let me say before I say anything else – I loved Matched. Once I picked the book up there was no putting it down again until after I hadMinor Spoilers!
Let me say before I say anything else – I loved Matched. Once I picked the book up there was no putting it down again until after I had finished it. That being said, I feel that I would have appreciated the story more if I had not recently read the exceedingly fantastic Divergent. Both stories take place in dystopian worlds with female leads where something is going vastly wrong. However, Ally Condie does a wonderful job of pulling characters into Cassia’s world, with lovable lead characters and lead characters written well enough that sometimes you just want to scream at ‘Get on with it already!’.
While Cassia and Ky are both well-rounded characters with both their ups and downs, as well as wonderful back-stories, I sometimes felt like her other characters fell to the way-side. Cassia is initially torn between her ‘Match’ Xander, and Ky – the boy she was never supposed to see on her screen to begin with. I never truly could understand why, or if Xander had feelings for Cassia for reasons other than that they were childhood best friends who had been Matched. It is easy to tell that Xander and Cassia share a lifelong friendship, but beyond that I was lost. Their bond is clearly visible, however from an outside perspective, it is difficult is tell what Cassia’s feelings are romantically for him.
Much of the story revolves around Cassia’s feelings for Ky, and her confusion about his feelings for her, which both frustrates me, and causes me to wonder if Cassia’s focus on nothing other than Ky is simply a teenage mind at work. While Cassia often realizes that not all is right in her world, these thoughts are often pushed aside until they actually affect her or Ky directly. In comparison, Divergent has similar concepts, but does a better job at telling an overarching story along with that of the characters personally. Cassia’s evolution throughout the story is completely selfish, and born of her wish for Ky rather than a true rebellion from her society. I often felt that if she’d been ‘given’ this one thing that she would continue to blindly live her life with only the occasional rebellion of thought leftover from her Grandfather.
That aside, I would definitely recommend this book to fans of Divergent, and Hunger Games, and well be picking up the sequel Crossed next year....more