19 July, 2011

Spellbound - Review

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

Alethea's review:

It's like déjà vu all over again... I keep looking for a great reincarnation romance but time after time I get let down. However, while the story fell flat and the romance between Emma and Brendan fizzled toward the middle--let's face it, there's only so many times you can tell me love is doomed before I start believing it--a couple of secondary characters save Spellbound from being just another metaphysical train wreck.

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.


  1. Thanks for the review Alethea! This book pops up for me a lot on amazon and other pages as "things you may like" and I have been interested in it. Great review!

  2. I've read mixed reviews on this one, and I'm still not sure whether I'll pick it up or not. The cover draws me right in though! Thanks for your honest review!