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Spellbound

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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 toBrendan 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 livesvisions that warn her to stay away from Brendan. Or else. "show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 344 pages
  • 137.16 x 208.28 x 30.48mm | 272.15g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • Mills & Boon
  • Richmond, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Original.
  • 0373210302
  • 9780373210305
  • 85,032

Rating details

11,642 ratings
3.88 out of 5 stars
5 34% (3,951)
4 32% (3,776)
3 24% (2,824)
2 7% (793)
1 3% (298)

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Emma moves to the Big Apple to live with her aunt after escaping an abusive home with her stepfather. Her first day at private school has her getting hit on by a douchy blonde Adonis. Then she gets rescued from the vile clutches of a mean girl by a a brooding quiet boy named Brendan. From that point on her life will never be the same again. I always have this issue with books where love at first sight is so apparent that I have to cross my eyes and snicker. But this wasn’t the case with Spellbound. The reincarnation story line was so very interesting and I would think its quite romantic they’re soulmates and that’s what makes them feel like they know each other already. That being said I really wish the author moved the tale in the begging so the reader would know something was up. It gave the story more depth. I definitely enjoyed their little romance and how Emma realized she’s no ordinary teenage girl. When the author writes the past stories from the spellbook, I thought they were so interesting and fun to read that I just loved the book because of that. Now if there was a prequel with the previous characters, then I’d definitely gobble that one up as well. Great job Cara! Love it!show more
by Giselle SM
Previously published on my blog: http://fictionfervor.wordpress.com/2011/06/28/review-spellbound-by-cara-lynn-shultz/ If you've got a foothold in the book world, you'll know that Spellbound has been all the rage lately. Book bloggers keep on reviewing it and giving it five stars, and it's currently the second most requested book on NetGalley. But if you ask me? I don't see what this hype is about. Yes, Spellbound was a nice break from vampires and werewolves. Yes, Spellbound had a cute couple. Yes, Spellbound had interesting characters. Yes, Spellbound had an interesting plot. But that's not enough to reel me in, trust me. Sure, Spellbound isn't about vampires and werewolves. Lots of books aren't these days, thankfully. (Otherwise I would give up on books, honestly.) But Spellbound is based on something that's getting slightly old. Reincarnation. I've already read a few books about that. Sure, Spellbound had a cute couple. Emma and Brendan are just adorable for each other, and they really do have chemistry. But honestly, their love for each other doesn't seem real to me yet. Even with that ending of how to break the curse and how Brendan was willing to sacrifice himself for Emma, their love isn't realistic. In fact, the ending made me even more convinced that their love isn't realistic. That's classic. It's cheesy. The characters? I wasn't lying when I said that they were interesting. But I didn't mean the main characters. Because in addition to their un-real romance, they are both un-real characters. Emma is a Mary Sue. Seriously, coming from a tragic past? Pretty and kind of smart? Has a rich and powerful aunt? And even though I love her for standing up for her younger cousin, Emma is not kick-butt. Snarky, yes (and I do admit that I love snarky protagonists), but not kick-butt. Did she kick Anthony's butt? No. She had to be saved by the hero of the day, Brendan. And Brendan? He's DEFINITELY a Marty Stue. Without a doubt. Smart? Strong? Athletic? Incredibly hot? Devil-may-care attitude to everyone except Emma? It's completely obvious. And I know it was necessary because Archer wanted him to be reincarnated as handsome and strong and smart and all of those things, but does it really have to be that obvious? And the plot. It was definitely interesting watching Emma and Brendan trying to get past the curse, but it was completely predictable at times. I definitely found out about the reincarnated love far before Emma read about Archer. And at times, the plot reminded me of Twilight. Pretty girl going to a new school, where she gets new friends and finds true love in a hot guy she meets? And this hot guy is different from all of the others because of whatever improbable reason? Yes, Spellbound was a tad bit Twilight-esque. Now that I've got all the negativity out of my system, I'll talk about the good things. I loved Angelique. Angelique is Emma's best friend. And Angelique is a witch. A good one, that is. Angelique was amazingly considerate and supporting of Emma, trying to help Emma break the curse and convince Emma to get in touch with her inner witch. I loved Cisco too. Though it was obvious from the moment that I met Brendan that Emma would end up with him, I half hoped that Emma would end up with Cisco . . . until I learned that Cisco was, unfortunately, not interested in females. But Cisco was realistic and friendly and everything I hope a friend could be. Overall, Spellbound was a predictable book with unrealistic main characters, but I highly enjoyed Emma's snarky attitude, Angelique's witchy-ness, and the romance between Emma and Brendan.show more
by Linda
View the complete review: http://quieroleersinlimites.blogspot.com.es/2012/06/resena-93-spellbound.html How usually happens to me when I start a new book and/or saga, I admit I hadn't much idea about what the book was. The only thing I really knew was that the main character suffered some type of course-What's a girl to do when meeting The One means she's cursed to die a horrible death? The reason why this was not a perfect book is very simple: for me, a book with this plot never will be perfect. What plot? The reincarnation of two human that love each other. I think that this stories have too little possibilities of making you fall in love with their romance -with me at least. *spoiler* Many years ago, Archer, a rich man, fell in love with a peasant, Gloriana. Archer broke his engagement with her rich fianceé for her, and they had a child. But the father of the scorned fianceé took avenge and, while Archer was gone, killed Gloriana. Not being able of living without her, Archer visited a with to recover the soul of her loved one, but the plan backfired and he cursed their souls. Nowadays, Archer's soul reincarnated in Brendan, and Gloriana's in Emma. *fin del spoiler* Why can't I believe stories about reincarnations? Because when I see the two protagonists, no matter they're soul mates, I can't help but think that they don't love each other because of who they are right now, but because of who they were once upon a time -and I have to make clear that this doesn't happen to me just with this book, but with all the books that touch this theme. But if we put aside the reincarnations part, the book is perfectly marvellous. Brendan is enchanting, and it is an understatement. Is hard not falling in love with a character like him. Emma has had a hard life, and now she's trying to start a new life. The secondary characters, although some of them aren't deeply developed, are completely different: there's the gay friend, the super innocent cousin, the goth friend that happens to be a witch, the cocky guy... Along the story, before Emma discovers the truth about Brendan and herself, the strangest things happen to her: the streetlights blow out when she passes under them and she has very disturbing dreams. According to her friend Angelique, they're warnings to be careful. Surprisingly, I found this paranormal episodes very unsettling and they gave me goosebumps. Brendan and Emma will have to decide to split out or to fight against the course, and in the road they may discover things about themselves they never could have expected. At last, although there is a second book -which I'm going to read, but I don't know if there are going to be more books-, this book could have stayed as an only book. The plot ends completely closed, and after reading the summary of Spellcaster, I have clear that the plot is going to be totally different.show more
by sandra
The story of SPELLBOUND follows Emma Conner who just moved to New York city to live with her aunt. With several secrets in tow she has to face a new school and new enemies but she also gets the chance to meet many new exciting people. One of them is Brendan Salinger, he is good-looking, smart and destined to fall in love with Emma. And their love feels just perfectly natural and sweet. Although they are destined to be together, their developing relationship didn't feel forced or constructed for one second. Interesting about Emma is that she's the girl who has two pasts with secrets that start affecting her new life in New York. On the one hand she's got a in her small hometown. On the other hand something inside of Emma has once lived in the Middle Ages. Now both pasts circling around personal and familiar conflicts and strokes of fate seem to affect Emma and Brendan's love in a very dangerous way that could not only tear them apart but mean death. I immediately felt attached to Emma and Brendan and it's not only that the couple has some really cute scenes, but other characters like her loyal friends or relatives contribute to a great storyline and extremely entertaining dialogues aswell. One of my favourite secondary characters is Emma's cousin, Ashley, who is such a sweet and supportive person. Conflicts in SPELLBOUND result from fate and a curse laid on the lovers many centuries ago that still seems to affect them in some way. But it wouldn't be a YA novel if there weren't also the prep school antagonists who can be pretty mean. Shultz supports her fantastic debut novel with an exciting character cast, a great writing and the striking mixture of a fancy prep school, fashion and paranormalcy. I sense a few more mysteries and secrets being burried in the past that are only waiting to be reanimated in SPELLBOUND's sequel! THE VERDICT Gossip Girl watch out, with SPELLBOUND a strong rival is on its way. The story around Emma and Brendan not only convinces with the realistic and all-day meanings of being a teenager and fashionista in New York City, but is also well-supported by engaging paranormal elements! I consider myself totally spellbound, xoxo Miss Page-Turnershow more
by MissPageTurner
After her stepdad almost gets her killed Emma finally accepts her aunt's offer to move to New York with her and be enrolled into a fancy school along with her younger and cute cousin she invents a whole more-posh background so she won't feel completely different. But in place like Vincent Academy she is bound to find friends and foes. And she certainly does. First we have Cisco who is gay, popular and friendly. He soon becomes one of her best friends. Then we have Emma's lab partner Angelique who turns out to be a witch. She soon to becomes a marvelous friend and a fountain of information. They two will make the dialogues fun and snarky. Her cousin Ashley who, despite being a little superficial, is sweet and naive. But Emma watches over her and protects her from creeps like Anthony. Why does she need protection from him? Well, he is the big bad wolf... and a very bad one. And then we have Kristin, the popular girl that tries to make Emma's life a nightmare. Finally there's Brendan, the rich-gorgeous-hot bad guy that makes Emma blush and feel... different. Like she can trust him, like he is important somehow. True to be told he is important and their future is so tangled that, if they want to stay alive they will have to find a way to fight an old curse that keeps them reincarnating only to suffer again. And in between they will find a few dramas to solve and some misunderstandings to talk about while deciding if the warnings from Emma's dead twin brother are so important that they have to stay away from each other. Personal opinion: The first thing that I liked about this book was the cover. Yep, as soon as I spotted it in NetGalley I requested it and then, despite not having the time to read it yet, bought it too. Now that I've finished it I can say that I liked it a lot. The plot is maybe a little bit obvious sometimes but Cara Lynn managed to make very believable characters with personalities that made them interesting and originals. And I found Emma's loyalty to her little cousin very refreshing. No spoilers, you know me, but I enjoyed that part a lot^^ The love between Brandan and Emma was maybe a little too fast and a little too quick but hey, that kind of relationships really happen in real life too so is not that weird. What I'm really curious about is the second book, Spellcaster. Why? Well, I thought Spellbound was an only book and it did had a proper finish so it was a surprise when I found out about it but since I liked this book Spellcaster will sure have a spot in my pile very soon.show more
by Alaiel Kreuz
We all know the doomed story about Romeo & Juliet, but did these young lovers know how hopeless their star-crossed romance would be? When Emma gets to start fresh at an exclusive prep school after some family tragedies, finding a Romeo was bottom on her to-do list. So, why does the resident hottie Brendan draw her unwilling eye - and why does their dance feel like a tale as old as time? The answer is rather grim: True love, if what they have is true, will end in a curse called death if they are unable to resist each other. Will Emma and Brendan find each other worth the risk? I know the story of Spellbound seems familiar - Romeo & Juliet, new girl & hot-but-oh-so-elusive boy, true love headed down the track of destruction - and you must wonder if this book is worth a gander. My verdict? Spellbound has such an enchanting voice that will make the classic story pop and sparkle like nobody's business. Fun and charming with enough dash of mystery, sizzle, and snark that will keep the pages turning. I tend to find something magical in a romance-gone-cursed - and watching Brendan and Emma try to decide between being together or staying apart is heart-wrenching. I am curious to see where the series goes from here.show more
by theEPICrat
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