Spellbound - Cara Lynn Shultz
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.
I'm going to start this off by saying how funny the main character, Emma, is. Really, I was laughing my butt off in the first chapter alone. It only got better! This author really knows how to apply some angst-filled humor. I loved it!
This is one of the few books I can honestly say I enjoyed, from cover to cover. There wasn't one page I got tired of reading. Emma's story was just so engrossing it sucks you in. You can't wait to find out what the deal is with her medallion (necklace, charm, whatever. It's this cool, gothic-like piece of ancient history that really ties the entire story together), and what's going on with this thousand-year-old-curse. That concept alone made the book's mystery factor shoot up into 'OMG' areas.
Okay, moving on from the always lovable, Emma, lets get onto the most important factor in the book...
BRENDAN!! He was so...ADORABLE! Even when he was being a jerky idiot I loved him. And when he kept standing up for Emma and being all protective, I kind of swooned! I loved him! He puts the book's OMG factor at around a billion. Really liked Brendan's character. And the romance between him and Emma was so cute and realatiable.
Actually, the entire cast is lovable! From Emma's quirky friends, Cisco and Angelique, to the bitch-of-the-novel Kristin and Emma's too-cute cousin, Ashley, I kind of loved them all.
I really liked the (semi) final confrontation with the jerky psycho of the story (what good tale doesn't include a guy who's off his rocker?). But I liked it more that the author left some ends untied, which totally means SEQUEL!
Also, the final-final chapter, with Angelique, was really cool. Oh, and the playlist! Have you seen a better composition of artists? This author is awesome!
Can't wait to read more from this author, and more of these characters!
(Almost forgot...THE COVER. I love it. Nuff said.) 5/5 stars