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Friday, September 16, 2011 | By: Traci

Review: Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz

Spellbound (Harlequin Teen)
Rating: 4 out of 5

Spellbound (Harlequin Teen)Summary: Emma leaves her drunken abusive stepfather and the press that wants nothing more than to continue talking about 'the accident' that almost cost Emma her life. She moves in with her aunt that is able to pull strings and get Emma enrolled in a private, upscale school. Emma will practically have to start over with her only friend being her cousin, Ashley. However, things get weird, Emma starts falling for Brendan, a very popular, very attractive guy that every girl wants. When strange things start happening around Emma, like exploding streetlights, she seeks out a practicing witch for help. With a protection spell cast, her life returns to normal, that is until she realizes the pendant she's been wearing around her neck actually means more than just a token reminder from her brother. It means she's cursed to die a horrible death.

My thoughts:    This book really reminds me of another book I've read. It was Amber Frost by Suzi Davis. This book pretty much has the same concept: two star crossed lovers that have had some sort of curse placed upon them that separates them. When those two lovers meet, something gigantic could happen. In this case it means that Emma, if her and her boyfriend become too close, she could die.

This story revolves around a locket while Davis' story revolves around some ancient tattoo like symbols that are on her boyfriend's back. The concepts are a bit different but still quite simliar. With that being said, I'll move into the story itself.

I found the story to get off to a slightly slow start. I was starting to wonder why I was reading about Emma and her move to live with her aunt and her life that created those issues in the first place. It's really almost painstakingly slow. Then, things begin to pick up. The story begins to unfold and we have the typical boy likes girl, girl likes boy, it's so very painful for those two to be apart, things happen fast but for some reason, boy doesn't want to push girl too far. Of course we have bits of magic and curses and ancient texts too.

It's really not a bad story when you dig deep and ignore all of those strange fluffy parts. 

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