Author: Cara Lynn Shultz
Series: Spellbound #1
Published by: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: July 1, 2011
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 was an excitingly sweet and witty read. Poor sixteen-year-old Emma Conner had it rough, losing everyone she loved and left to endure the wrath of her step-dads drunken stupors. That is, until she goes to live with her posh great-aunt in New York and enrolls in one of city’s most elite private schools.
I have to say that I adored Emma’s humor. Regardless of all her tragic loses, she maintained a sharp wit that had me laughing throughout the book. I’m also glad that Shultz didn’t make the relationship between Brenden and Emma too dramatic. Yes, there were intense obstacles they had to overcome, but there wasn’t too much brooding and “fighting-your-feeling” drama. I appreciate that.
I don’t know if the author plans on making this a series or not, but I would be very happy if she does.