Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Book received for review after being requested from Net Galley.
Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz was the second book I've read recently about soul mates. After reading this one, I'm thinking that maybe I should read another! This was a fantastic debut novel from Shultz, and I can't wait to read the sequel.
Spellbound tells the story of Emma Conner, a junior in a new high school who's had a tough life. This paragraph is an excellent summary of what has happened to her so far.
"Hi, I'm Emma. I'm basically an orphan and my life sounds like a Lifetime Original Movie. My dad left when I was six. My twin brother died when I was fourteen. My mom got sick soon after that, and died when I was fifteen. I lose everyone I love. And this past June, my stepfather wrapped a car around a telephone pole with us in it. So now, I live with my aunt, I have no friends except for my cousin anymore, thanks to my jerk stepfather, and I still keep a journal with all my hopes and fears in it. Also, my favorite color is purple and I think baby animals are cute." (Kindle location 97)
I love the character of Emma. She's funny, sarcastic, and loyal to her friends and family. I feel bad for her in her dealings with fellow Vincent Academy students, especially snotty Kristin and pervy Anthony. Being the new girl in school is bad enough, but having to handle them would make it difficult for anybody!
"Three hours in, and there was no chance I would get to be invisible in this school. Anonymity I wanted, but it was clearly not an option, since I wouldn't be a doormat." (Kindle location 223)
Luckily for Emma, there's Brendan Salinger. She feels an immediate connection with him, but unbeknownst to her, that feeling is soul deep. Brendan is the white knight in this fairy tale, always jumping in to the rescue when Emma needs a helping hand. Unfortunately for them, this tale might not have a happy ending. Upon reading about a legend in one of her witch friend Angelique's books, Emma realizes that hers and Brendan's love might be cursed. A family legend based on true love lost might be truthful after all. Now the three teenagers must work together to unravel this curse so that Emma and Brendan can live their own happily-ever-after.
Spellbound kept me captive from beginning to end as I was eagerly anticipating what was going to happen next for Emma and Brendan. This is a couple that everyone can root for, and I can't wait to read more about them and their friends in the next installment of this story.
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