by Cara Lynn Shultz
Release Date: June 28th 2011
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
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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. - Goodreads
Spellbound is a YA Paranormal Romance book by debut author Cara Lynn Shultz. I really didn’t know what to expect going into this book, but it turned out to be a really quick, enjoyable read.
The characters in this book were very likeable. The main character, Emma, has been through so much in her short lifetime. But that only makes her stronger. She’s definitely not a whiny heroine. I like that she’s such a strong character, and I enjoyed watching her grow throughout the book. I really didn’t think I was going to like Brandon much in the beginning. He confused me, and it took a while for me to figure him out. But once I did, I really liked him. I really liked their relationship as well. Emma’s cousin, Ashley, and friend Angelique were well written secondary characters. The one character that really bothered me was Anthony. Can we say Aggressive, much?? He took bullying to a whole new, disturbing level.
The story was very creative and the writing was simple, but engrossing. There were some parts of the book that were a bit slow, but other parts that I got into so much, that the story just flew by.
Overall, this was a really enjoyable read, and I’m looking forward to adding it to my collection!