Review: Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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 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.

This is one of those confusing ones where you really enjoy it even till the end, but then when you analyse it, its not so great. The author must have held me in by the writing which flows well and is exceptionally emotional.

The evilness in this story comes in two very churly and horrible school mates. When I write mates that just means they go to the same school. But apart from bad attitudes and a whole lot of nastiness there was not a great deal of bad bad bad stuff.

Ok, I get it that the two main leads are both reincarnations of the historical figures but I just couldn't help feeling that half way in, we got lost in all the gossip, bickering and he-said, she-said stuff. I really did loose focus at this point.

Then the big climax is just not that huge, in my opinion. Sure, Brendan got thrown off a cliff and was rescued by Ethan but I just couldn't get fired up about the intrigue. There wasn't even that much witchyness either.

One good point is that the romance is good. Very dreamy, very wish-he-was-my-boyfriend like! Sigh!

PS. Note to author. Ladybugs in England, even in Middle England are called Ladybirds not Ladybug.

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