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3.46  ·  Rating details ·  675 ratings  ·  196 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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jv poore
Apr 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Oh, how we all longed for our 16th birthday! It meant freedom in the form of a driver’s license. No longer at the mercy of busy parents, or snarky older siblings; we could go where we wanted, when we wanted, all while listening to whatever we wanted to. Good times.

Abby Silva had those very same expectations, but her sixteenth birthday brought wicked nightmares, skull-splitting headaches and strange sensations. Maybe manifestations created from the stress of preparing for her driving portion of t
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 28, 2013 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 / allthingsequilateral
*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
Apr 14, 2013 rated it it was ok
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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 devo
Suzanne Lilly
Jan 21, 2013 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
Amber Keller
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I give this book a 5 even though it is for a younger audience I was still wondering what is going to happen next. It kept me turning the pages and the ending was not what I expected! So overall I was happy with it. Wish they would of turned this into a series though.
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I know there's a ton of bad review on this book I don't know why I really did love this one alot and wanted to read it all in one sitting.the writing style was pleasant and clicked with me :) check it out some time
Jun 08, 2013 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
Kelly | xoxo, Kelly Nina

"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
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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
Jan 28, 2013 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
Nov 03, 2013 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
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
Alanna (The Flashlight Reader)
Dec 02, 2012 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
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
Mar 15, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Mar 16, 2015 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
Mar 28, 2013 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
Mar 05, 2013 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.
Jul 30, 2012 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.
Feb 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
I love the cover of this novel, it's very beautiful. I miss when a book doesn't have that sort of awe-inspiring cover that gives insight to the novel. Most of the time, I hear people say, "Don't judge a book by its cover," but let's just get this out of the way... If the cover is as awesome as the book, doesn't it negate that entire sentence? That's what I thought.

Spellbinding by Maya Gold tells the story of Abby who stumbles upon something that no one seems to want her to know: her own family h
Madison Vessels
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: own
I love books about witches and magic and I even like books that hint at historical facts. .this book, however, was a bit too. . much.
The story is about a young just turned 16 year old girl named Abby that starts getting nightmares after she turns the magic age of 16. This is also around the same time she starts to realize she has powers. After a lot of digging and research on her end, she finds out she is a descendant from the Salem Witch Trials. . .a girl names Abby. . .

For the most part the s
Mar 12, 2013 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
Mar 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
Warning: There are some spoilers.

Side Note: I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Review: There aren’t many books that leave me thinking my time would have been better spent slamming my head against a wall repeatedly instead of reading that darn book, but Spellbinding sure did make me want to! If there was ever a book completely made of clichés that you’re brain hurts from the lack of originality, this book would be it.

There is not ONE SINGLE ELEMENT to this book t
Lisa Wolf
Feb 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, witches
Sixteen-year-old Abby is used to fading into the woodwork, lurking in shadows, never being noticed. Whether at home or at school, Abby is one of those girls who’s always in the background, not especially scorned, not surrounded by friends — just kind of there. She’s used to her lot in life and more or less knows her place, although she can’t help sighing over golden boy Travis, her life-long crush ever since he showed her kindness on the playground years ago when they were both small. Travis is ...more
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I read this book a long while ago after getting it for free at a summer read program. I recall enjoying it very well and sympathizing with the main character very much. I thought that she had intriguing powers and that the plotline was fairly solid.
Liv Nikolis
Oct 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-reads
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Maya Gold grew up in New Jersey, a few towns north of Diana’s home in Weehawken. Now she lives in upstate New York with her fashion–forward teenage daughter and a very friendly dog. Maya writes books and magazine articles, and in her spare time, she coaches a high school drama club. Cinderella Cleaners is her first series for young readers.

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