Sunday, March 25, 2012

BOOK REVIEW: SPELLCASTER by CARA LYNN SHULTZ

Title: SPELLCASTER (Spellbound#2)
Author: CARA LYNN SHULTZ
Publisher: HarlequinTEEN
Format/Pages:  Ebook
Acquired: Review copy from Publisher via Netgalley

RATING: 3.75


Goodreads Description:
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.



MARISSA'S REVIEW:
Spellcaster is the second book from Cara Lynn Shultz - a sequel to Spellbound.  Spellbound could have been left as standalone - though I understand there were a couple of points that left questions brewing in readers' minds.  One of those would have been Does Emma become a true powerful witch?  This question alone gives us the basis for Spellcaster. 

We already knew that the love of Emma and Brendan was real and most definitely unavoidable!  Throughout Spellcaster though it did feel a little strained, if not forced, to read about.  The recapping of events that occurred in Spellbound was a little too frequent, though with a year and many many other books read in between - it did help jog the memory.

In Spellcaster, Emma is not just the main focus again, but also the heroine with some new skills!  Emma embarks on some serious spellcasting lessons to ensure she can take on her new enemy.  This enemy is linked to Brendan's past - a past that Emma would rather forget and wishes never happened.  Brendan understands that his previous studly actions have an impact on Emma - particularly when conquests are around every corner and one is hell bent on getting Emma's blood...literally!

Angelique is not just Emma's best friend but also her spell and witchy teacher! We get to read a couple of chapters from Angelique's perspective and this certainly does open up a whole new view of the story that centres around Emma and Brendan.  Angelique has never really had a soft spot for Brendan so viewing the loved up couple and the witchy events taking place around them all through her eyes was a nice change.

If you liked book 1 Spellbound, you are sure to be a fan of Spellcaster and further more a fan of Cara Lynn Schultz !

ENJOY!
MARISSA

3 comments:

  1. I've wondered about this series, sounds like I might have to add it to my to-read list!

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  2. I really liked getting to read a bit from Angelique's perspective especially since my impression from the first book's epilogue was that this whole second book would be from her perspective. I loved getting a less lovey-dovey perspective of Brendan as I don't think he's great like Emma does.

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  3. I haven’t red the book yet but I think it’s quite nice to read since I am a book lover! Nice blog by the way.

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