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{March 27, 2012}   {Review} Spellcaster by Cara Lynn Schultz (Spellbound #2)

From Goodreads: 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 über-spells may not be enough to keep them safe…or to stop an inhuman force bent on making their unsuspected power its own.


Picking up soon after the ending of Spellbound, Shultz again captivates her readers through the intriguing love story of Emma and Brendan as they embark on another perilous journey. The suspenseful unveiling of the evil that awaits Emma, as it attempts to destroy, her kept me furiously turning the pages, and I loved that it took me much of the novel to figure out who the “bad guy” really was. In my opinion, this added to the suspense of the novel as Emma continues to be attacked in different ways, and it was a lot of fun trying to figure out who was behind it all. Even when the culprit was revealed, the suspense didn’t disappear.  Instead, Shultz made it even more harrowing after the name was released and, as we learn more about the “bad guy,” it becomes even more intense.  This made for a very climactic read that I really enjoyed. 

Of course, Brendan is just as dreamy as ever, and I relished watching Emma’s and Brendan’s interactions as their love abounds.  Though they face many hardships throughout the novel, I never felt like they were drifting apart, but rather becoming stronger in their relationship.  While Emma does have a tendency to keep information from Brendan, I believe she does it for the right reasons at heart, and watching everything unfold was extremely fun.  I also love the independence of these characters as well.  Though meant to be together, Emma is a strong young woman and can handle situations on her own, not relying on Brendan, which is always great to see in YA literature. 

The witchcraft elements of the novel were also a lot of fun.  I found myself wishing I had Emma’s cool powers as she attempts to learn new spells in order to protect herself and those closest to her.  Though she does make a few bad decisions when it comes to her abilities, I still sided with her throughout because, truth be told, I would have probably done the same things she did.  Overall, Shultz is an amazing writer, keeping the reader glued to the pages as this riveting sequel unfolds, and I highly recommend it. Five stars.

Harlequin Teen has been extremely gracious in allowing me to read an ARC of this book, via Netgalley, prior to its release today.



Lisa Vazquezanzua says:

I really love the review your wrote. And I am so happy that you gave it 5 stars. It really is an awesome seriesand deserves more attention. I read both books in the series and I could not put it down either. I love reading books where the characters are at a boarding school and not living at home. I think it makes the story much more exciting and so different compared to my life. Something that is unfamiliar to me. How fun would it be to live in a dorm with kids your age? Overall I loved everything about the story and cannot wait for the third book to come out!

airlia2012 says:

I’m absolutely dying to read this, especially since I read an excerpt on Cara Lynn Shutz’s site. I’m glad to see that Emma and Brendan’s relationship never falters; I hate it in books when relationships fall apart due to mistrust and manipulation!

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