Author: Cara Lynn Shultz
Release Date: June 28, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Major thanks to Harlequin Teen for the ARC of Spellbound by Cara Lyn Shultz.
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.
If the summary alone doesn’t just grab you, I don’t know what will. I think the fact that we’re dealing with a love story that has spanned more than a 1000 years is what gets me the most. The heartbreaking part? It’s a doomed love story. Ill fated from the very start. But the love that was there to cause such a thing to happen in the first place is one that will definitely remain with you for awhile. I know it did for me.
Emma, the main character, is pretty hardcore. She’s this witty, snarky, sarcastic, intelligent, and slightly angst-ridden teenager that I think a lot of people can relate to. Let’s overlook the fact that she may be a ‘born’ witch, and that she’s just a normal girl who’s just had a hard life. Everyone she’s ever loved has died. Leaving her to live with her step dad who’s a total rotten asshat. He left her with scars, emotional and physical, so she decides to finally take her aunt up on her offer to come live with her and go to this private, somewhat elite, high school in New York.
There she meets the dark and mysterious Brendan Salinger. I wanna sigh right now. I loved Brendan. Plain and simple. He defended her on her first day of school when a mean blonde girl was being nosy.
I don’t want to give away too much of the story but things really start happening from then on. Brendan speaks to her every so often and then gives her the cold shoulder, which confuses Emma. She’s having these weird dreams where she sees her twin brother and he’s warning her to stay away from ‘him’. She has to deal with a few haters and a big bad bully and come to terms with what she’s feeling for Brendan and how he feels for her and what’s with his weird behavior.
Cara Lynn Shultz’ debut novel is not one to be missed! Full of doomed lovers, angst, mystery, and magic. Such a fabulous read. Really top notch writing for her first novel. Also, the very best part, in my opinion, is that this book is a COMPLETE. STANDALONE. NOVEL. THANK YOU, CARA!