Friday, 22 November 2013

Spellbound (Spellbound #1) by Cara Lynn Shultz

Spellbound (Spellbound, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
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 by Cara Lynn Shultz

My rating: 2.75 of 5 stars

Spellbound (Spellbound, #1)(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
16-year-old Emma is starting at a posh new school, and living with her aunt and uncle, after her alcoholic step father almost killed her. Emma is about to get more than she bargained for when she befriends a teenage witch, and has two boys fighting over her.
Is Emma really cursed though? Is she really a witch? And which boy should she choose?

This story was okay, but boy was it irritating in places.

The characters in this book and the things they said drove me nuts. From one character whose every sentence started with ‘yeah, like’, to stupid comments like when being told to turn off the TV, shouting back ‘You’re the TV!’. I mean what does that even mean?

The storyline in this was okay, although the book didn’t really start to get interesting until the 58% mark, and even then it was still annoying at times. I was not impressed when 16-year-olds were doing tequila shots in a bar, and I also wasn’t impressed when a certain person was hobbling along on a sprained ankle one minute, and sprinting the next!

I did like the fairy tale/curse part of the story, and I did find that interesting, but even that had its annoying moments, when a certain person thought that she could simply avoid a curse by staying out of the park at night, and not going out in bad weather!

The ending of this was okay, although again, it all seemed maybe a little too simple. I will read the next in the series because I already have it, but I’m really hoping that it is better than this one.
Overall; an okay story, but really irritating in places.
5.5 out of 10.


  1. Ohh too bad this one was irritating, it sounds so good.

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

  2. I still like the sound of this one but I will take you review into consideration before I get it.