by Cara Lynn Shultz
Published by Harlequin Teen on July 1, 2011
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
Format: Advance Reader Copy
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What a captivating debut! I have to admit; I was skeptical about this book at first. I had read very mixed reviews about Spellbound beforehand, and I wasn’t sure whether I would like it or not. I was very pleasantly surprised! I was gripped by the first chapter and really came to love the protagonist, Emma. The writing was smooth, and quickly absorbed me into the story. I prefer books written in the first person because I usually feel more connected with the characters, and this is a perfect example! I found myself searching for excuses to read, and staying up late just to read one more chapter.
Brendan, Emma’s love interest is endearing, protective (not in a creepy way), and completely swoon-worthy with naturally messy black hair and emerald green eyes *sigh*. I did find the bully character, Anthony, a bit over the top and half expected him to become a paranormal monster of some kind. Some scenes were a bit melodramatic but it didn’t matter because I was so wrapped up in the story. I also loved both Cisco, Emma’s gay best friend, and Angelique, her witchy outcast friend. They were both interesting and dynamic and I wanted to see more of them in the story.
I loved reading Spellbound. It’s a great summer read — romantic and magical. You need to add this to your summer reading list!