Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Spellbound Review

SpellboundTitle: Spellbound
Publication Date: June 28, 2011 by 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 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.
Spellbound simply left me wanting for more. It completely blew my mind. Emma Conner could possibly be the greatest cousin ever. When she realizes that her cousin is trying to date the complete jerk, Anthony, she tries to tell Ashley that he is bad news. Even after Anthony humiliates Emma's cousin she confronts him about it. That's right. 5'5 Emma Conner defends her cousin and demands the big blond brute to stop spreading lies about Ashley. Emma is either crazy or simply amazing, but I loved every minute.

Anyway, her choice of friends are a little unusual but still very fun: Angelique, the witch with a photographic memory and Cisco, who knows just about everything and everyone at their private school. One subject Cisco knows all about is the one person that Emma is completely drawn to- Brendan Salinger. Brendan won my heart when he tackled Anthony to the floor for trying to hurt Emma.

Everything isn't just about trying to adapt to a new school and figuring out feelings about Brendan for Emma. She has been having nightmares about being killed and her dead twin brother has been warning her against Brendan. With Angelique's help, Emma uncovers secrets about herself and the story about her pendant to be able to survive what happens next.
*reviewed by Shundrika, 15 @ OV

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