By Cara Lynn Shultz
June 21, 2011
Harlequin, 352 pages
Life hasn’t been easy on sixteen-year-old Emma Conner, 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.
— Amazon.com description
I’d place Spellbound into a category of books alongside Die for Me by Amy Plum and Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton. Quick paranormal reads with interesting main characters and premises.
I read a lot of these books — loved their reincarnation themes — but the problem is that I wouldn’t describe any of them as “moving” or “shocking” or “life-changing.” Plus, Spellbound was so-so for me because of a slow pace and a little to many “honeys” and “sweethearts” from the romantic interest. I know I’m a romance freak, but that was just grating.
That being said, though, if this is your favorite genre, give it a look next time you’re at the bookstore.
Book source: Ebook for review from Netgalley and Harlequin