Monday, March 19, 2012

ARC Review: Spellcaster

Spellcaster by Cara Lynn Shultz
Series: Spellbound #2
Published by Harlequin Teen
Genre: YA
384 pages
Release date: March 27th

What it's about:
Finding your eternal soulmate - easy.
Stopping a true-love-hungry evil - not so much…

After breaking a centuries-old romantic curse, Emma Connor is (almost) glad to get back to normal problems.'s not easy dealing with the jealous cliques and gossip that rule her exclusive Upper East Side prep, even for a sixteen-year-old newbie witch. Having the most-wanted boy in school as her eternal soul mate sure helps ease the pain-especially since wealthy, rocker-hot Brendan Salinger is very good at staying irresistibly close....

But something dark and hungry is using Emma and Brendan's deepest fears to reveal damaging secrets and destroy their trust in each other. And Emma's crash course in über-spells may not be enough to keep them safe…or to stop an inhuman force bent on making their unsuspected power its own.

My thoughts:
The way I feel about this book is going to be hard for me to explain, because I'm not really sure how I feel about it.

I read the first book in this series, Spellbound, about a year ago and I remember loving it. I remember thinking that Brendan was super hott and awesome and that Emma was really cool and overall just really enjoyed the book. This is why I was really excited for the second book.

But when I started reading the second book,  it was sort of just "eh" for me and I'm not really sure why. All the characters are still pretty cool. Emma was still Emma. I love how she sticks up for herself and how she has all this crap happen to her because of who her boyfriend is, and yeah it gets to her but she doesn't let it get her down.
But what I'm not really getting is the whole "OMG Brendan!!!" part of this book. He was a total player before he met Emma, and yeah, he's super hott and rich, but there didn't seem to be much to him before Emma came along. Which is why I'm finding it hard to believe that evil classmate, Kristin, is still going after Brendan even after everything he's said and done to her. I'm just not buying it.

While the plot was still good, the characters still the same, and the writing well done, I just wasn't feeling this book. I wasn't really in the mood for this book while reading it, and my egalley when transfered to my ereader decided to make the book one really long chapter. It didn't have any breaks and that also started to really bug me. Those chapter breaks are very important.
Overall, if you read the first book and enjoyed it, chances are you will also enjoy this book. I probably would have liked it more if I wasn't forcing myself to get it read by a certain time and read it when I actually felt like reading it.

My rating: 7/10


  1. Maybe this one fell into the dreaded second book of a series curse. I still haven't read the first one. So many books so little time!

  2. I really loved Spell Bound, too and I really liked Spell Caster, too but I was a little bothered by how Brendons past flings were thrown into Emma's face. She handled it well, as Emma the very cool chick she is, does.

    I think the the reason Kristen does what she does is kind of explained at the end.

    Even though Brendon obviously can't stand her, she's so self-centered and narcissistic that she thinks it's all because of Emma-if Emma were gone then Brendon would fall madly in love with her, LOL-she's a whacko!

    I know what you mean about being in the mood for certain books or 'having' to read them, etc... it happens to me all the time, LOL! I can be totally disinterested one week and the next completely absorbed in it. It's kind of crazy but I think it's an 'Avid Reader' kind of thing! :o]

    Great review! Thanks for sharing, I loved seeing your POV!


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