Spellbound

Spellbound are Kindle The beginning of this book is pretty good There s a little bit of set up that explains Emma s nervousness over attending an exclusive school in a new city plus some funny one l

Spellbound are Kindle The beginning of this book is pretty good. There's a little bit of set up that explains Emma's nervousness over attending an exclusive school in a new city, plus some funny one-liners that make her seem pretty likable. But on page 15, Emma meets Brendan and everything goes downhill from there, because her whole life, including the scant paranormal aspects of this book, then revolves around getting him. Here is a sketch of the story, with some spoilers.Here's what we know about the main characters:The GirlEmma is a high-school junior who lives near Central Park. She likes Brendan. A lot. Immediately after she meets him, she starts obsessing over everything he says and talks about him with literally everyone she knows. When he blows hot and cold, she gets upset. She feels "absolutely crushed" when she walks into a classroom and he's not there.Emma likes music and she likes to run. (This might be a metaphor.) Her daddy left when she was six and her twin brother died when she was fourteen. Then her mom got sick but found a boyfriend to marry so her daughter wouldn't have to be alone. Emma doesn't like to drink because she was in a car accident with her drunk step-daddy, which is why she's now living with her aunt, who gives her money and doesn't set a curfew. Emma is embarrassed by all this so she lies to everyone about where she came from, although she actually doesn't seem very upset that her entire immediate family has been wiped out. None of this actually has anything to do with the story except that it explains why she is living in the most expensive city in America without a whole lot of adult supervision.Because she has a necklace that has the same symbol as something Brendan owns and has a couple of weird dreams, Emma is sure that she and Brendan are soul mates who have been searching for each other for 1000 years. Seriously, 1000 years. But her dead twin brother occasionally pops up and makes the lights go out and warns her that their relationship is cursed. This really, really sucks, but her boyfriend is hot so there's got to be a way to make it work. Oh! And she might also be a witch. Her witchy schoolmate looked up some information online and said so.The BoyBrendan lives in a multi-million dollar home in Manhattan, where he has an entire floor to himself. He is "spellbound" by Emma as soon as he sees her. He is awesome because when they're out, he only does a couple of shots and then drinks water for the rest of the night so that she doesn't feel uncomfortable about only having one beer. He gives her his hoodie when it's cold, which is the sign of a true gentleman. Brendan is also a deejay (cool job) and he buys her a diamond Claddagh ring (generous guy) and picks her up in a limo (generous guy with style). When Emma feels insecure about the sneering, baby-pink-gloss-wearing Kristin who's after him, Brendan says "Emma, don't even compare yourself to them. It's like comparing a diamond to...I don't know...a booger." He's also really suave.The SummaryThis is essentially a book about a girl obsessed with a boy with some convenient "story-enhancing" paranormal elements thrown in. There are cartoonish teenage villains, friends who appear then disappear never to be seen again (and there is no witchcraft involved!), girls who are called sluts, and a drunk, conceited boy who tries to rape girls and hits people, then yells at them for not cooperating.There's also off-kilter adult behavior, repeated references to the title of the book, some really odd mentions of Martin Scorcese (which I'll give you, but...it's weird to also mention Thelma Schoonmaker later on for no reason), an eye-rolling climax straight out of a television movie, and most mystifying of all, the assumption that $20 will cover a night out in New York.If you hadn't already guessed it, in a book like this, whether your crush is ignoring you or whether there are unworthy people trying to get in your pants or whether there are Twilight Zone forces trying to keep you and your boyfriend apart, love will totally conquer all. After all, that's pretty much the whole point of being alive. And definitely the whole point of being a woman.The full text of this review may be found in The Midnight Garden. An advance copy was provided by the publisher.. 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 SaliWhat 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.. Good Ebook Spellbound I wrote in a post once that YA paranormals are becoming the Mills&Boon substitute for teenagers. In defence of that theory, I present this:Stock Image: Leaning man grabs Swooning womanAnd this:Stock Image: Girl in Prom Dress, view from backTragically, most YA PNRs these days show just about the same amount of imagination and innovation in their writing as they do in their covers. But hold on! This is not necessarily a bad thing, sometimes.Now let's be honest, nobody expects paperback romances to be ground-breaking, innovative works of literature. Which is not to say that they can't be... merely that nine times out of ten, they tend to be formulaic, clichéd stories about the handsome billionaire and his secretly beautiful secretary. But they still constitute a majority of the publishing industry's fiction sales. Why? Because they provide women across the world with the purest form of escapism. And as a regular romance reader since the age of twelve (I was precocious, blame my parents!) I know the value of a reasonably well-written happily-ever-after. You go into these books knowing exactly what to expect, and emerge satisfied and starry-eyed. Now allow me to draw the analogy a little further. Let us assume Twilight was the first Mills & Boon story for teenagers. It is to be expected that its success would spawn a generation of similar happily-ever-after stories that rely on a proven formula to draw readers and give them what they most wish for - lots of drama followed by a happy ending. And as a variation on the true love theme, Spellbound performs creditably. Yes, like most YA PNRs, it is clichéd; like most YA PNRs, it is pure escapism with no claims to literary merit. And like most YA PNRs, it is a great way to while away a few hours while escaping from the confines of mundane, everyday life. Spellbound has all the elements necessary for romantic fiction. A pretty but awkward teen girl, a hot and handsome love interest, relationship drama, paranormal elements, starcrossed love and a bad guy who's out to get the lovers. I wrote a post a week or so ago about the common tropes used in YA stories set in a high school. Ironically, I read this book the day after I wrote that post, and I might as well have written it with this exact novel in mind. All of the high school tropes mentioned in the post make an appearance in this story.Emma Connor has just joined a posh prep school in Manhattan. On her first day she meets:1. The vicious, mean Blonde Popular Girl who hates her on sight2. A gay guy who's destined to be her best friend3. A Stupid Jock who sleazily hits on her4. A Popular Jock who rescues her from the Mean Girl5. A socially-outcast witch who's destined to be her other best friendEmma feels an instant attraction to Brendan Salinger (Popular Jock), but he runs hot and cold, being nice to her at first, then ignoring her, rinse and repeat. Her run-ins with Anthony (Stupid Jock) increase in intensity, until things become really ugly. In the meantime, Emma discovers that she and Brendan might possibly be the latest re-incarnated victims of a thousand year old curse. They are destined to fall in love, but their romance is also destined to end in pain and death. Oh, and Emma might be a witch who's being visited by her dead brother.The story is trite, but fun. It's not badly-written, and the heroine is quite likeable. In fact, she does sometimes possess a sort of blind courage and manages to stand up to the Mean Girl instead of being the patient, saintly sort, which earns her several points in my book.She does have a few TSTL moments, (view spoiler)[most notably when she allows the Mean Girl to take her to a dark, abandoned basement during the school dance (hide spoiler)], which had me screaming at her and wondering if she'd completely bypassed all those teen slasher flicks! Generally, however, the book proceeds at a decent pace, although it does slow down somewhat in the middle.The good points: The first scene between Brendan and Emma, when they are in a club together, was sexy!!! In fact, one whole star for just that scene, which gave me goosebumps. It was very reminiscent of my teenage crushes and the slow, tentative movement towards physical accord left me happy.The climax scenes are also fairly well-written. The action is fast-paced and thrilling, and my heart was in mouth as I urged Emma and Brendan to KILL the Bad Guy! It was pretty awesome, actually. The rest of the book was pretty standard, but overall, it was a lot more appealing than most of the books of this ilk, like Wings or Hush, Hush. If you're looking for a light fluffy read that doesn't require too much intellectual engagement, and leaves you feeling warm and fuzzy, this might be a good choice. A copy of this book was provided to me by the publishers via Net Galley for review purposes.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>
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  1. Cara Lynn Shultz is the author of Spellbound, Spellcaster and The Dark World She has written for Billboard, People, Logo TV, The Dodo, Alternative Press, Teen People, Stuff and The Guardian UK Hey guys I rarely check my messages, so if you are trying to contact me, the best bet is Facebook Facebook CaraLShultz , Twitter CaraLynnShultz or Instagram caralynshultz.

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  1. The beginning of this book is pretty good There s a little bit of set up that explains Emma s nervousness over attending an exclusive school in a new city, plus some funny one liners that make her seem pretty likable But on page 15, Emma meets Brendan and everything goes downhill from there, because her whole life, including the scant paranormal aspects of this book, then revolves around getting him Here is a sketch of the story, with some spoilers.Here s what we know about the main characters T [...]


  2. I wrote in a post once that YA paranormals are becoming the MillsBoon substitute for teenagers In defence of that theory, I present this Stock Image Leaning man grabs Swooning womanAnd this Stock Image Girl in Prom Dress, view from backTragically, most YA PNRs these days show just about the same amount of imagination and innovation in their writing as they do in their covers But hold on This is not necessarily a bad thing, sometimes.Now let s be honest, nobody expects paperback romances to be gr [...]


  3. real rating for this book is 3.5 stars So, to begin this review after reading all of my friend s feelings on this book, I thought I really wasn t going to like it, maybe even despise it The masochist in me forced me to read this book, thinking I was going to end up looking something like this Why do I do this to myself Why, Shultz whyyyyyyy runs away sobbing Truly, though, I was a little bit surprised and I did like the book I didn t look like this image error Wow that was freaking amazing I lov [...]


  4. How, oh how did this get published Actually, I know how it s called the Twilight effect Look, there are bad books exploding off YA bookshelves everywhere Ordinary Mary Sue s with speshul powers, gay best friends, bitchy popular girls and jerky jock guys, sadly that all ain t nothing new Oh god, and there go my vocabulary skills But we can thank Twilight for the popularity of insta love novels Forget books with heartbreakingly real romances or painful crushes or clumsy attempts to find the right [...]


  5. After losing her mother and her twin brother and then having to endure a sorry drunken excuse for a step father, Emma Conner finally gets a fresh start in NY, living with her Aunt Christine and starting at the Vincent Academy school with her younger cousin, Ashley Meeting the new kids at school isn t the easiest as Emma already gets a taste of what some of the kids are like, but she also meets some genuinely nice people and then there is Brendan, the one who looks like a rock star that Emma seem [...]


  6. This book felt like a mash up of every well worn YA trope I m so tired of these love stories where the characters love is trueeternalalways because just is view spoiler Pulling the reincarnation card hide spoiler does not mean you don t have to develop realistic relationships.First I was drowning in instalove, only to be suffocated by major wish fulfillment about a third of the way through A hot, rich boyfriend who gives you a sapphire ring just because he s thinking of you and picks you up for [...]


  7. The moment I knew Spellbound had me hooked was when the main character, Emma, compared the smell of a perfume to a unicorn fart Later on, the same perfume was described as munchkin sweat These are clear indications of brilliance FYI THERE WILL BE MILD SPOILERS AHEAD First let s talk about Emma What I loved about her was that she s been through a hell of a lot, but she s not your typical world weary protagonist She definitely wants a better life, she wants a chance to start over She hasn t given [...]


  8. 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 Th [...]


  9. Boy, this book started off so well And then it crashed and burned in a smoldering fire.The beginning of this book was fabulous Emma is sarcastic, humorous, and snarky without overdoing it I love how she doesn t take any of the mean girl s crap and spits it back in her face There was this nice, subtle build up to the other magic plot and a sort of suspense about these cryptic warnings being delivered by her brother But after 100 or so pages, it took a turn into gag me now, shitville This is when [...]


  10. 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 wh [...]


  11. Oh my this book was a wonderful surprise I adore the story and most of all, this seems to be a Stand Alone, no cruel torture cliffhanger end where you have to wait a year for an update I read and finished the book in only one day, I couldn t stop once I started with this beautiful story of soul mates This is the story of Emma, who couldn t have had a horrible life She lost her mother and her twin brother Ethan and her step dead was a drunk that nearly got her killed This is why she moves in wit [...]


  12. There is so many things that I absolutely loved about this book So first off I would just like to say Way To GO for Cara Lynn Shultz on a job well done I only had one slight issue with the writing Nothing major So lets get that out of the way and move on to the awesome sauce My only complaint is that I felt it could have used some better editing And here is what I mean by that Note this is just a example and not an actually sentence from the book I saw the most perfect silky, smooth black dress [...]


  13. I m generally not a fan of plots that involve 1 starcrossed lovers, 2 reincarnated lovers, 3 witches, or 4 any combination thereof So I m not sure what I was thinking when I picked up Spellbound Maybe because I have been so pleased in the past by books published by HarlequinTeen that I thought they could do no wrong I mean, they published The Iron Fey series, The Goddess Test, and The Girl in the Steel Corset, and I really liked all of those so I guess I was hoping this would be similar.I should [...]


  14. It s okay to not like every book I won t be able to like every book.I have to tell myself this when I read a book I thought I was going to like and it turns out the book is horrible The premise sounds so interesting Meeting The One means she s cursed to die a horrible death WHOA, mega interesting.Too bad the characters are annoying Emma, the main character, can t stand up for herself I like girls to be strong and able to kick ass if they have to Breakdowns are fine because it happens But when Em [...]


  15. Again with the half stars lol I d give this 4 1 2 So lately I have been complaining a lot about stories that, because there s sequel coming, end abruptly and don t seem to finish the storyline at all I hate to be left hanging in an evil cliffie.And that s why I love this book It reminded me of why I beg for when there s something awesome As far as I know, there is no sequel planned, but I want one And not because the storyline wasn t wrapped up it was But I want MORE of them More of swoon worth [...]


  16. Brianna SprouseI am doing my book report over the book Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz This is a paranormal romance book that touches on the subject of teen love and witchcraft A young girl meets the love of her life and they seem to be soul mates, but there s a horrible curse attached to their story Emma and Brendan must fight to stay alive and stay together or their love story will continue to end generation after generation.Emma and Brendan are soul mates and are hopelessly in love with each o [...]


  17. After her alcoholic step father endangers her one too many times, Emma goes to stay with her aunt on the Upper East Side She s nervous about her fancy new private school, but quickly finds friends and a crush the mysterious Brendan Based on popping streetlights and a few dreams, Emma convinces herself that she s the reincarnation of Brendan s ancestor s long lost love I was too bored by the paint by numbers YA love story and basic writing which is bad when relating the present day but DIRE when [...]


  18. Honestly, I don t have much to say about this The story didn t trigger any strong emotions on my part so whenever I try to come up with something to say about it I m drawing a total blank The weird thing is, those of my friends who ve read it, rated it somewhere between 1 and 5 stars haha Opinions seem to be somewhat varying Well, I for one, enjoyed this and was actually quite surprised because I didn t expect to like it as much as I did It wasn t anything overly special but it was pretty much t [...]


  19. Well This book was great Emma and Brendon were definitely Spellbound and it was a super cute love story with a Medieval twist to it Emma comes from a very sad and dark past and moves to her Great Aunt Christine s in downtown New York Where she goes to Vince Academy with her 14 year old cousin Ashley There s your school normal and psychotic drama with who s this and who s that And then she meets Angelique and helps her adapt at this posh school Angelique is also very spunky and funny and can see [...]


  20. Spellbound was a surprisingly enjoyable read, very fun in some parts and very sweet in others.The plot was pretty foreseeable girl meets boy and has to fight against the forces of evil to live happily ever after with him but I found the whole reincarnation thing very well constructed and organized.I liked the author s prose, it gave lightness both to the story and to the main character s feelings and made the whole book very fluent.I think the school part was way too cliched and it felt funny to [...]


  21. Three and a half stars A novel with a curse, star crossed lovers and .Three and a half stars A novel with a curse, star crossed lovers and .Emma survived a rough couple of years She lost her twin brother and mother in two years time She was left living with her drunken stepfather, who nearly killed her in a car accident while driving drunk Thankfully, her Aunt Christine, who is a recent widow with no children, takes her in and turns Emma s life around Emma moves to New York and is enrolled in a [...]


  22. Well, to begin with something I have to say that I liked the book It gave me a couple of hours of light reading and disconnection of the world That s worth something like three starsNow, let s analyze it or try to, better said I don t know what else to say about the plot that is not yet said In short, it s predictable and full of clich s And not really Paranormal Romance clich s, because besides the starcrossed lovers story and the random discovery in the middle of the book aka let s put here th [...]


  23. Spellbound was getting lots of attention long before its release, and every praise of it had me reeling to read When Spellbound finally found its way to me, I couldn t wait to dive right in Spellbound was quite different than what I was expecting, but it was also quite better than what I was expecting Cara Lynn Shultz has created a spellbinding story that is sure to ensnare and enchant readers everywhere.Being someone who adores New York City, I was so pleased to discover that Spellbound takes p [...]


  24. It was a bitter sweet moment when I finished this book I can honestly say that this book is probably going to be my favorite for a long time Frst off, I loved the characters The main characters, the supporting characters, hell, I even loved the villans WellI loved to hate them I mean The main character of Emma Connor, I felt was real She had real problems and a real past, but didn t let them rule her day to day life Not to mention that she is hilarious My favorite part of this book was definetly [...]


  25. I heard many good things about this book and I was lucky to receive it as an ARC some time ago Unfortunately I was very busy the last three months, so I m a bit very late sigh Emma is oblivious of how special she is She had a hard life and tries for a fresh start in New York Her new high school is full of rich kids and she soon realizes that this isn t the place for her eitherexcept for Brendan Salinger He s the most beautiful, rich and nasty boy at Upper East Side prep school.Soon the two of th [...]




  26. I don t know that I ll ever actually read this because honestly, the description doesn t appeal to me.The cover, however, does, so I had to mark it Immasucka


  27. Originally posted at smexybooks 2011 07 revFavorite Quote Do I look like a freaking fairy tale princess to you Reviewed by ToriSixteen year old Emma Conner hasn t had an easy life Her mother and twin brother dies, leaving her alone with her abusive stepfather When he almost kills her in a car accident, Emma goes to stay with her aunt in New York Soon Emma is enrolled in a prestigious private school and the center of unwanted attention Pursued by an unstable boy and the object of a jealous girl s [...]


  28. Rating 3.5 StarsGenre YA RomanceSpellbound, by Cara Lynn Schultz, is the story of 16 year old Emma Connor who as the story begins, is starting school at Vincent Academy as a junior VA is a co ed private school in the heart of New York City where children of the rich and famous go to linger and hope that they can get into a prestigious Ivy League school.Emma hasn t exactly had the best of luck when it comes to her family Her twin brother Ethan died when he was 14 of meningitis and her mother foll [...]


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