Spellbound

Spellbound
By Cara Lynn Shultz
Published on June 2011
Published by Harlequin







Summary taken from Goodreads:

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 Connor, 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.



This book reminds me so much of the Blue Bloods series.  Not that it is a copycat- that isn't what I mean at all.  Everything that the first Blue Bloods book did right is in here:  a young (in this case poor) girl comes to a new very hoitey toitey school and falls in like with the hottest guy in school.  There are a lot of nice rich people, a lot more rich snobs, and great action.

I have read mixed reviews about this book online and I am not totally sure why- the author is a solid writer.  I picked up the novel simply because I thought I would give it a whirl and I couldn't put it down.  I read it in two sittings in one night (I did have a child to take care of, ha ha).  I can honestly say for the first three quarters of the book- I had no idea what was going to happen.  I loved Anthony's character.  I loved the fact that he was the ultimate villain- no remorse, no complexity- just anger and hatred.  It was nice to see a book where I didn't feel the need to like the villain.  

I liked the relationship between Brendan and Emma, and I liked that although they had an epic romance going on- Brendan didn't already have all the pieces put together. I am so glad this is going to be a multi book series.  It was such a fun and different book to read (and I am so excited that they weren't all vampires- is that odd?).  I can't wait for the next one!

On a silly note- it is funny how covers look different in real life.  I was convinced by the tiny pictures on good reads that on the cover there was an exploding street lamp (there is) but that around that was butterflies and a... banana?  Turns out that banana is a girl (but I think that may say more for how blind I am and less about the cover!)

So if you want a fun rainy day read that is satisfying- go check this book out!







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