Author: Cara Lynn Shultz
Series: Spellbound #2
Cover Art: N/A
Genre: Paranormal YA
Reviewed by: Julia
Finding your eternal soulmate – easy.
Stopping a true-love-hungry evil – not so much…
After breaking a centuries-old romantic curse, Emma Connor is (almost) glad to get back to normal problems. Although…it’s not easy dealing with the jealous cliques and gossip that rule her exclusive Upper East Side prep, even for a sixteen-year-old newbie witch. Having the most-wanted boy in school as her eternal soul mate sure helps ease the pain-especially since wealthy, rocker-hot Brendan Salinger is very good at staying irresistibly close….
But something dark and hungry is using Emma and Brendan’s deepest fears to reveal damaging secrets and destroy their trust in each other. And Emma’s crash course in über-spells may not be enough to keep them safe…or to stop an inhuman force bent on making their unsuspected power its own.
Though SPELLCASTER was the first book I’ve read in this series, it will definitely not be my last. Not even my last this week, as I already have book one queued up to enjoy. SPELLCASTER contained enough backstory that I never felt lost, but after seeing how well Shultz handled Emma and Brendan’s transition to “happy couple”, I’m excited to read all the details about their courtship in SPELLBOUND.
One of the things that made Emma and Brendan effective was how Shultz doesn’t skimp over the good or the bad. Emma struggles with jealousy and insecurities as much as she enjoys the hormone high of being young and in love, and neither extreme is overly dramatized. Emma and Brendan are affluent, urban kids who manage to slip past parental supervision quite often (think “Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist”, but less bratty and with magic). Sometimes they sneak out to face magical foes, sometimes just to mess around and be teens. SPELLCASTER contained plenty of references to sexual activity, bullying, and underage drinking, but the main characters usually do their best to make good life decisions. The result is a book that resonated strongly with my own teenage experiences (minus the soul mate and magic).
Entertaining banter, a young couple with enormous appeal and potential, and magical plots that have real world consequences; the Spellbound series is definitely on my pre-order list. Until book three appears, however, I’ll make do with getting all caught up with my copy of SPELLBOUND.