Thursday, March 1, 2012

EARLY REVIEW: SPELLCASTER (SPELLBOUND #2) by Cara Lynn Shultz


Spellcaster (Spellbound book 2)
Author: Cara Lynn Shultz
Publisher: Harlequin
Imprint: HarlequinTEEN
Publication Date: March 27, 2012
Source: Netgalley

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. Although...it'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 ├╝ber-spells may not be enough to keep them safe…or to stop an inhuman force bent on making their unsuspected power its own.


Review:

This is a great sequel! For starters, Emma’s strength really shows and develops, and she becomes such a strong female character that I almost have to put her up on a little pedestal.  Sure, she has her flaws and insecurities, but they just make her that much more real. That being said, Brendan finally has to get over his hero complex. Not that it’s a bad thing, but he’s forced to acknowledge and give in to Emma’s strong and valiant nature. Her protectiveness.  And that protectiveness kicks in when Brendan’s past comes back to bite them both in the butt. There were little hints given in Spellbound that really flourish and develop into serious, and again life threatening, issues for the soul mates.

One thing I really liked about Spellcaster was that it was darker than Spellbound. While Anthony’s motivations were hateful and vengeful in Spellbound, the intentions of the new threat are truly evil, and this time, the evil has magic on its side. The dark magic and intensely vengeful witch is one thing Brendan can’t protect Emma from. She has to protect herself. She has to find the strength and power within herself to protect them both. And her witchy powers are finally developing. There’s a lot of spell casting (hence the title), and some interesting results. And since the evil witch has help from someone inside Vince A, Emma needs all the help she can get. With possession, dark magic, evil curses, and knife wielding attackers, the stakes are higher than ever.

As much as I love Brendan and Emma, my favorite character by far is Angelique. And I got a VERY happy surprise in Spellcaster. Two, yep two, sections from Angelique’s POV! This had me very excited, because her personality is so different from Emma’s, and I loved seeing her reaction toward Brendan first hand. The relationship between the two is so interesting, and the scenes that involved just the two of them were intense and revealing. It was definitely one of my favorite, if not the favorite, parts of Spellcaster.

So, overall, an excellent read! If you haven’t read Spellbound yet, you can read my review and find buy links HERE to get ready for Spellcaster’s release on March 27th.



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