Saturday, July 9, 2011

Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz

Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz
Release Date: June 28, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin Teen

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 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.  - Goodreads.com

A little bit of the paranormal, a lot of romance, some secrets, lies, and a mystery all blend together to make this a pretty enjoyable book.  Emma doesn't have the best home life but she's living with her aunt in the Upper East Side, going to a new school that kinda reminds you of Gossip Girl, but without the awesome Chuck, and it has Brendan, which Emma begins to obsess over almost immediately.

I thought the author came up with a really neat paranormal element for why Emma and Brendan are drawn to each other.  There's a mystery there, although by the time it's revealed, I had already kind of figured it out.  But still, I don't think I've seen it done quite the way it was in this story.  And yes...Brendan is sexy.

I loved the friend.... you have to have one friend in there somewhere who helps you figure it all out, and Emma has one of those.  So the gist of it is... there were some parts that were fairly predictable, but on the whole, this was a pretty entertaining read that had some neat new plot twists in it.  I really enjoyed reading it.  I'm not sure if there's going to be a sequel, but I would definitely read it, if there were!

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