Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz

Spellbound
Spellbound 1
Author: Cara Lynn Shultz
Pages: 324 pgs
Genre: YA, Paranormal
Release Date: June 28th 2011
Review Source: Netgalley

I heard a lot of good things about this book and was so excited to get an egalley of it. Cara’s debut novel is bound to grab your attention.

Emma decides to make a fresh start and moves to New York to live with her aunt. Life before wasn’t easy and Emma just wants to put that behind her, and she does… at least until she meets Brendan Salinger.

He’s beautiful and smart and the guy every girl wants but can’t have, even Emma. They have an instant connection and Emma feels safe with him. But when he starts giving her the cold shoulder, she isn’t really sure how to handle that. More than that though, Emma discovers a story that could have a potentially terrifying ending, for her and Brendan. There are consequences to their love than either of them could have imagined, deadly consequences.

I enjoyed this story from the very start. Emma was such a fun character that was thrust into a world she didn’t understand or want to know. Even though she’d experienced some bad things, she didn’t let that change her and I really appreciated that. Going from the simple life she’d had with her mom to the Upper East Side of Manhattan was a big enough change, and I loved reading how she dealt with it all.

The relationship between Emma and Brendan was also one of the best parts for me. Yes they had an instant draw to each other, but they didn’t just fall into each others arms and ride off into the sunset either. Cara built up to them getting to know each other and figuring out what was attracting them to one another. The story of their past was amazingly put together.

I don’t want to give too much away, because it’s just so much better if you read it for yourself, but I was definitely captured by this story. I loved Cara Lynn’s writing style and the characters she created. It’ll be a long wait for the second book in this series, Spellcaster, but I’ll definitely be excited to get my hands on it.

So for more updates from the author you can check out her blog http://caralynnshultz.wordpress.com/ or follow her on Twitter http://twitter.com/#!/CaraLynnShultz.

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