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Beautifully Broken: Book 1: Volume 1 (Spellbound Prodigies) Paperback – 22 Jul 2013
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I really enjoyed the storyline, obviously witchcraft is a major factor because Shiloh is just discovering who she is but that's not the only `witchy' event because the town was founded by 13 families all with power and all trying to escape the persecution of the witch trials in Europe - So you just know there are many secrets to be found in Whispering Pines which had its own history even before the families laid claim to the land.Read more ›
The story follows sixteen year old Shiloh Ravenwolf, who when we first meet her is trying to fight off a ghost in her bedroom. As the story goes on we discover that Shiloh is a heritage witch, meaning magic runs in her veins.
As well as trying to life what passes as a normal teenage life, Shiloh is constantly seeing ghosts and demons everywhere she goes. With a recent rash of teenage disappearances in the small town, Shiloh puts two and two together and realises that this new ghost must be responsible and decides to investigate.
And to top it all off Shiloh is dating the new hottie Trent who has just moved to town, whose mysterious uncle spots something about Shiloh and takes her under his wing as a paranormal apprentice.
Overall I did really enjoy this book. There was a few small grammatical and spelling errors here and there in the book which did annoy me at the time. Beautifully Broken is a self published book, and I've come t expect small things like that from them now and again.
The character of Shiloh to me was a bit strange, at times I likes her and other I didn't. I though she was just whiny sixteen year old. I don't think the writing of Shiloh was constiant enough to make a reader fall into her worls.
I did however really like the setting of the book and the tone in which it was conveyed. Trent was a great character in the book and I especially liked the tension between Shiloh and her family, which seems like any real teenager's life.
This is a series which I will be continuing on with in the future.
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Shiloh is almost sixteen and is almost done with school for the summer. When she searches for a summer job at the board at school, she sees a position for an assistant to help with the reconstruction of Ravenhurst Manor. This would help Shiloh get closer to her dream of being an architect. She is kind of leery of accepting the job at first because of Trent Donovan.
She first sees Trent at church and instantly has a crush on him. He has recently moved back to Ravenhurst Manor with his father. Trent is described as being the “mysterious new guy in town” and “scandalous.” Throughout this book, Shiloh is trying to figure out what the curse is on Whispering Pines and how to remove it before more kids end up disappearing. Trent’s uncle, who is also her boss, Evans, becomes her mentor in the paranormal. On top of all the magick, demons, curses and ghosts, there are the normal teenage experiences like arguments with the popular girl at school and romance.
This book reminds me of a scary movie that you are watching and you are shouting at the main character “DON’T LOOK BEHIND THAT DOOR!!!” It is thrilling and intense. Soule envelops you in the plot and made this book a real page turner. There are so many emotions that are happening between the characters, it is hard not to be immersed in this story. You never know what is going to happen next. I love that it is so unpredictable. The Spellbound Series is one series that I am anxiously awaiting the next book, Beautifully Haunted
I could practically feel the ominous vibes of the dark Shades in this story leaping from the pages. The author does such a fantastic job with the description that you feel as though you are standing next to Shiloh, the wind and leaves stirring around you as she stares the demon in the eye. I was truly mesmerized by the scenery in this, which is one of my favorite parts of reading. I could picture the town of Fallen Oaks so clearly in my mind, I got goosebumps on more than a few occasions.
Shiloh is a young witch who doesn’t have a very good grasp of the strange things that are occurring around her. Although she’s known she is different for quite some time, she’s lacked the guidance she desperately needs to navigate this strange world that she lives in.
But when her friends start disappearing around her and she discovers her own life is in danger, Shiloh finds an unlikely ally in Evans. What was supposed to be a summer job turns out to be an entirely different kind of learning experience for her.
All of the characters in this book are shrouded in mystery, and I wasn’t quite certain who was trustworthy or not. I feel as if there are a whole heap of secrets about to come creeping out of the woodworks in the next installment, and I’m dying to know what’s going to happen.
Though the odds are stacked against her, Shiloh is a strong and brave young woman who is ready to take on the impossible.
The Spellbound Series will transport you into a world of mystery, guaranteed to leave you wanting for more.
I really hated how the book ended. Real cliffhanger. But I liked that there were a few chapters on Trents side of the story that lets you get to know him better. I will be reading the next book. It's gotten a whole lot more interesting after you get to know who everyone is which is basically what this book is, who and what people can do, what the past has to do with the present and how Shiloh is the thirteenth daughter and has a very big rule to play.
I recommend this book.