Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz
Publication date: 28 June 2011 by Harlequin Teen
ISBN 10/13: 0373210302 | 9780373210305
Category: Young Adult Fantasy
Format: Paperback (Also available in eBook and Kindle formats)
Keywords: Past lives, reincarnation, romance
First up is Francisco--he's fabulous and funny. Any time Emma starts feeling sorry for herself, he's usually around to buoy her spirits. Next is Angela--my bad--Angelique. She's smart, sassy, and well... she's a witch. No, like, really a witch. Without them, I would have ditched Spellbound much earlier. For all its alluring cover art, it just couldn't keep my attention.
It took me quite a while longer to get through this book than it normally would have. It seemed thematically disjointed--part after-school special, part total-wish fulfillment, part crime-drama. I kept drowsing through the parts where everyone's being agreeable and rich... the plot wraps up so conveniently, I couldn't help but lean back and let the conflict resolve itself. I woke up for the funny bits and villains.
This novel won't reveal to anyone the mysteries of time, space, and the hidden places of the heart, but most readers will be entertained for a few hours. Or lulled to a gentle state of relaxation--bonus if you're on a plane, lying on a beach, or just trying to beat the heat.
Visit the author online at http://caralynnshultz.wordpress.com.