Skip to main content

Review: Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz

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.


I found spellbound to be a reasonably enjoyable paranormal romance and while it didn't blow me away I was engaged enough to get to the end and want to carry on with the next book in the series in the not too distant future.

For me the thing that I liked most about this book was the main character Emma. I really loved the way in which she viewed the world and the people around around her. I liked how she didn't try to conform to what the cool kids expected from her and was quite happy to stand up for herself when they disagreed with her. I really enjoyed seeing her loyalty to her friends.

A good paranormal romance wouldn't be a complete without a gorgeous boy and boy did we get one in the form of Brendan. He is definitely one of those characters you have to swoon over (even if it means taking a break from reading for a minute or two). I loved how sweet he was and the way in which he treated Emma like a princess.

I enjoyed the paranormal element to this book and the ideas about witchcraft that have started to come out throughout the story. I am really really interested to see where the story as a whole goes next and am looking forward to seeing what the author does with it next in book two.

Overall an enjoyable read which kept me interested throughout. I am looking forward to the next instalment in the series.


I'm not sure I'll read the next book in the series, but I did mostly enjoy this book.
I had the same opinion as you-I was engaged while reading, I did end up reading the second book, but it didn't blow me away with epicness.