Review : Spellbound, Cara Lynn Shultz

Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz

June 21st, 2011 (US)
Harlequin Teen


What’s a girl to do when meeting The One means she’s cursed to die a horrible death?

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 when Brendan inexplicably turns cold, Emma can’t stop staring. Ever since she laid eyes on him, strange things have been happening. Streetlamps go out wherever she walks, and Emma’s been having the oddest dreams: visions of herself in past lives—visions that warn her to stay away from Brendan. Or else.

My review

It’s a classical but very cute YA paranormal love story.

Emma is typically a vulnerable girl who goes to a new school and doesn’t know how to handle richer people than her. She had to face to adversity too young, after the loss of her twin brother, her mother then a car accident. She is annoyed by Kristin, a nasty girl, but she’s too kind with all of them and is involved in trouble again, it’s sometimes frustrating especially when you know there will be a bad thing which will happen. However, her thoughts and lines are often sarcastic and funny, with teen culture references, she makes me laugh many times.

Brendan is a dream for girls. He’s a bad boy, handsome and rich, and lonely, he doesn’t hang out with the evil popular people of high school. Like every girl, Emma falls for him. But with Emma, Brendan is a sweetheart, he protects her even if he has mood swings in his behavior with her. I’m fond of him!

The love story is very cute, I like seeing them together. We can see clearer Emma’s feelings for Brendan than his as the story is from her point of view, but we can also guess his feelings as Brendan cares for her. When they become a couple and the paranormal side of the story appears, the story turns more classical and more predictable. Both Brendan and Emma don’t know about it in the beginning, so it’s quite new in the YA novels.

The ending is satisfying, there is no need to have a sequel, but there will have one next Spring. I hope, even if I know it will be impossible, Brendan and Emma won’t have too much problems and they won’t hurt each other.


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Missy
    Aug 10, 2011 @ 13:31:02

    You’re so cute in your review^^ Your romantic side appears. 😉


  2. Fleur
    Aug 10, 2011 @ 14:12:29

    If you like “Spellbound”, I think you’ll may enjoy too “Bloodspell” from Amalie Howard 🙂 This is a story that enthralls you until the very last page. The book doesn’t lose sight of the fact that the worlds of witches and vampires are blood-thirsty and frightening. And Christian Devereux is dangerously sexy !!!


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