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Spellbound

by Cara Lynn Shultz

Harlequin | June 21, 2011 | Trade Paperback

Spellbound is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 4.
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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 pages, 8.25 × 5.38 × 0.97 in

Published: June 21, 2011

Publisher: Harlequin

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0373210302

ISBN - 13: 9780373210305

Appropriate for ages: 14

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really liked it Emma moves to the Big Apple to live with her aunt after escaping an abusive home with her stepfather. Her first day at private school has her getting hit on by a douchy blonde Adonis. Then she gets rescued from the vile clutches of a mean girl by a a brooding quiet boy named Brendan. From that point on her life will never be the same again. I always have this issue with books where love at first sight is so apparent that I have to cross my eyes and snicker. But this wasn?t the case with Spellbound. The reincarnation story line was so very interesting and I would think its quite romantic they?re soulmates and that?s what makes them feel like they know each other already. That being said I really wish the author moved the tale in the begging so the reader would know something was up. It gave the story more depth. I definitely enjoyed their little romance and how Emma realized she?s no ordinary teenage girl. When the author writes the past stories from the spellbook, I thought they were so interesting and fun to read that I just loved the book because of that. Now if there was a prequel with the previous characters, then I?d definitely gobble that one up as well. Great job Cara! Love it!
Date published: 2014-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprisingly good, Unexpected I got this book recently because I thought it was cheap and after reading some reviews, I didn't expect much from this book. However, after finishing this novel, I think this is one of the BEST short reads EVER. It's so amazingly good, the plot is awesome and you'll fall in love with all the main characters! Definitely a must have.
Date published: 2011-12-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sequel please! So when I really started to get into book blogging and reviewing, this was one of the books that I really, really wanted to read. I was originally drawn to the cover of the book and that is what originally prompted me to choose to read a synopsis of the book when I was browsing on the GoodReads website. (I confess, the cover is usually what draws me into any kind of book). In my experience with YA books, they can be very hit or miss. There is usually no happy medium with them and in my opinion fall into either the good or the bad categories. Well, let me just start off by saying that Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz is a hit and can definitely be placed in the good pile. What I really love about this book is that even though it falls into the paranormal YA pile, it is not super unrealistic and overly melodramatic. There is a steady build up in the story and you never feel like you are either being overwhelmed with information or not receiving enough at any given time. I love that the main character Emma has faced adversity and heartbreak. What I love even more is that she hasn't let that same adversity and heartbreak break her or crush her spirit. She continues to soldier on rather than giving up and going all woe is me, she makes the best of the life that she has now found herself in through no fault of her own. Does it mean that she doesn't experience sadness or upset due to her situation? No, it doesn't. Rather she finds constructive ways to deal with her life and what is going on around her. Cara Lynn Shultz does sarcasm and self-deprecating humor right. It's not forced, it's not contrived, and it comes across as genuine and a part of the character's personality. It's used correctly as a tool to illustrate the depth and versatility of the character rather than for comedic effect. Although, I did find the description of one character's tan absolutely hysterical. I mean, what is it with this whole tan/fake tan thing? I mean when did it become acceptable to turn your skin into something resembling cured leather? The book was an easy read and the characters were likeable, some more than others. I honestly think that the story works fairly well due to it not being too outrageous. I mean who hasn't experienced a feeling of deja vu before? Who hasn't experienced moments of premonition or insight of some sort? Who hasn't met someone and felt an instant connection to them that they just couldn't explain? All in all, this was a good book and it was worth the read.
Date published: 2011-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Brilliant Surprise! I love going into a book/author, having never heard of it, and be blowen away! A great summer read, that will keep you hooked right to the last word! Looking forward to more great works by this author!
Date published: 2011-07-17

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Spellbound

Spellbound

by Cara Lynn Shultz

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 pages, 8.25 × 5.38 × 0.97 in

Published: June 21, 2011

Publisher: Harlequin

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0373210302

ISBN - 13: 9780373210305

About the Book

"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.

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It's always embarrassing to have someone take you to school. Your dad, your mom, anyone with her hair in rollers.But for my first day as a junior at my new school—a ridiculously expensive private school on New York's Upper East Side—I was being walked to school by my baby cousin. A freshman.It really wasn't that terrible. Even though we grew up apart, Ashley and I were email buddies. She was a sweetheart, there was no doubt of that, but if my knowledge of the inner workings of my familiar old New Jersey public school, Keansburg High, meant anything, I knew that juniors did not hang out with the lower classes. It was like hanging out with a bunch of vegetarians and wearing a bacon necklace.Talk about unwelcome.But it was important to my aunt Christine that I got to school early and she was afraid I'd get lost. My great-aunt had taken me in over the summer, and I'd learned quickly that when she got an idea into her head, you were better off just going along with it. I didn't want to argue with her—I owed her everything. My life, really. She'd been asking me to live with her ever since my mom died a year and a half ago,leaving me with Henry, my stepfather whose blood-alcohol content hovered somewhere between "wasted" and "how is he even alive?" But after he nearly killed me last June with his particular style of driving (i.e., blasted), I stopped resisting Christine's offer.Going from my aunt's place at Park and Sixty-eighth Street to the school at Park and Eighty-sixth Street i
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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.

Appropriate for ages: 14