Thursday, 18 August 2011

Book Review: Spellbound

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin; Original edition (21 Jun 2011)
  • Language English
  • ISBN-10: 0373210302
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373210305

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 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.

Spellbound has the ultimate mix of magic, mystery, intrigue, romance and bitchy high school girls.

Emma feels like she loses everyone she loves and after a car crash that gave her the wake-up call she needed, she makes the decision to move to the Upper East Side with her aunt. Emma has to try and fit in with the rich and elite, all the while trying to keep herself together. Which isn’t easy, especially around super-hot Brendan.

As they grow closer, they realise there are forces at work that are thousands of years old. An ancient curse makes a happily-ever-after impossible for the two…though they are determined to overcome it.

Spellbound was charming and, without sounding cheesy, magical. The characters were sweet and tender, not to mention downright hilarious at times. A perfect blend of romance, mystery and tension keeps the reader engaged and anxious for more. Every story needs an evil villain, and Spellbound is no different. All I can say is, I’m seriously glad I never went to school with Kristen Thorn.

There is every opportunity for a sequel, and I sincerely hope there is one! 


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