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Spellbound (Harlequin Teen) Paperback – 21 Jun 2011

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  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin (21 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373210302
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373210305
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 2.5 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,115,059 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Emma Connor moves to a fancy new school, after the latest near death experience is the last straw. Not much happens to begin with, but things start drawing her to Brendan Salinger. Such as his good looks. And his niceness. And the fact that they're soulmates. Which shouldn't be too much of a problem, but it is due to the fact that she's meant to die horribly after she finds him. As they try to escape the evils of fellow students and the while idea of the curse, Emma and Brandon realise how tightly together they are bound.
I wasn't sure what I was expecting from this, but it certainly wasn't this! It's a nice new take on the concept, and it comes off really well.
Emma was very nice. You get into her head really well and she's funny and real. Brandan was nice, but he has annoying habit of showing up to save Emma most of the time. I would have liked her to do a bit more, considering that she handles everything else pretty well-she shouldn't need someone to come save her from the school bully. Angelique was my favourite character-the fact she's a witch and also her general way of being makes me think that we'd be good friends. Anthony and Kirsten were realistic and good antagonists.
The thing I enjoyed most was the book of the legends and the stories they tell-beautifully written and intriguing.
This is very romance, which works plotwise because of the way the legend has it all set up, but when translate into actual happenings, it makes it all a bit instalovey, even when you know it's all due to the legend.
Plot wise, interest levels vary. Low to medium to start with, then you get the legend, theyget higher, then it goes down a bit, then comes up for the climax.
I would have liked to see a bit more of the magic side to it all.

Overall: Strength 3 tea to a book for people who want a lot of romance with their magic.
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Emma comes from a nasty background and has every intention of not letting history repeat itself in her new life in New York. And for once this is not about Emma's past catching up with her. No Emma's tale goes much further beyond that. This is about her ancestry and a curse as old as time, readying to strike once again.

Brendan is the good-looking bad boy that all the girls want and who, naturally, never looks at them twice; infact he never looks at them once! But when Emma waltzes into his life he can't stop staring and feeling an inexplicable pull.
When the two meet Emma starts having visions that make her fear for her life, Brendan doesn't know if he's coming or going with his feelings and even when he does, he still doesn't know what the right course of action is. If you then throw into the mix a witch, a pinch of magic and a beautifully mysterious pendant that seems to make its way into the hands of Emmas across time... well then you have yourself a spellbinding novel, and not even half of what Cara Lynn Shultz has in store for you.

Although the concepts used were not new to the world of books, this did not deduct in anyway to the storyline, characters or style of writing. I very much enjoyed Spellbound and was gladly swept away into New York. A city which I have heard countless times described as magical, though this time Cara Lynn Shultz hinted that myth may be more true than I thought!

Spellbound was a grippingly fast paced novel with characters I grew to like straight away, and a story that spoke of betrayal, witchcraft riddles, timeless curses, magic and ofcourse, the most important key ingredient of them all: true love.
I read this book in less than a day and very much look forward to reading its sequel Spellcaster which is already available!
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Seriously how could I not love a book that has a protagonist with the name Emma [ : D ] Written in first person narrative from Emma's perspective. A little shell-shocked after her life was turned upside down following her brother then her mothers deaths a year apart. Left with an abusive alcoholic stepfather, Emma has to go to live with her Aunt following a horrific car crash that has left her scarred caused by her drunk step-father. Emma's Aunt is very rich and on the School Board for an exclusive school in NYC, it is this school Emma is to attend. Feeling like a fish out of water, Emma soon discovers that High School Cliques and bullies are the same where-ever you go, what she doesn't expect is to be drawn to the School Hottie and all round Bad Boy Brendan *swoon*. I have to say that images of Cinderella strolled through my imagination, Emma going from poor to rich but still maintains her independence finding work in the school library [ <3 ]

Although Brendan appears to be as drawn to Emma as she is to him, he runs hot and cold. Rescuing her from the school bullies and coming to her defense regularly yet avoiding her on other occasions. Emma is left completely baffled. When Emma starts having visions somehow linked to the medallion her brother gave her, the connection between herself and Brendan is slowly, tantalizingly revealed. A centuries old curse, soul-mates and reincarnation brilliantly woven together.

Emma is a wonderful character; loyal, fiercely protective of her loved ones, although she has become a loner following the loss of her brother and mother she is a truly wonderful friend. She is able to see through the rubbish of cliques. Emma's friendship with bona fide witch Angelique is proof of this.
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