Saturday, 24 March 2012

Review: Spellcaster by Cara Lynn Shultz

Title: Spellcaster
Author: Cara Lynn Shultz
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Genre:  Young Adult/Paranormal
Source: Netgalley
Format: eBook
Publication Date: USA:March 27th 2012|UK:6th April 2012
Tell Me About It
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.
[from goodreads]
My Thoughts
I read Spellbound last year and although I liked it, I didn't start to enjoy it till near the end.  When Spellcaster came up on netgalley I requested a copy and hoped it would pick up where Spellbound left off and be just as good.  I started Spellcaster and was not disappointed.  From the moment I started I could not put it down, the only exceptions being for sleep and work, which if I didn't need would gladly have given up.  Spellcaster picks up straight where Spellbound left us, and the more you read the more the book pulls you in. 

The characters have developed more, not only in their own powers, but also in themselves.  Angelique is gaining more confidence being around Emma, and although still doesn't like people touching her, reluctantly lets Emma give her the occasional unwanted hug.  Emma is now a kick ass person, who is not only gaining more control over her power, but also in herself and her own ability to defend herself against unwanted attacks, and we see this in action a few times in the book. Brendan is finally seeing how the popular people at Vince A are around him, and is now starting to get annoyed with their behaviour towards Emma.  We also get to see how he truly feels for Emma, which was nice to see his point of view.  I loved seeing how the friendship between Emma, Angelique and Cisco has grown closer and how they are there for each other.  I especially love the end when Cisco reminds Kristin of a small fact that actually has her apologising to Emma.

Spellcaster gets better and better with each page you turn and each chapter you read.  The suspense of not knowing what spell or curse was going to affect the next person had me on the edge of my seat and constantly routing for Emma and the rest of her friends to win.  Cara has managed to write a book that keeps me engrossed and wanting to find out more, but also has character development that you can actually see happening.  The characters are believable and it makes it easy to feel the emotions running through their minds and really want them to come out standing in the end.  Anyone who has read Spellbound and liked it should definitely pick up Spellcaster.

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