Star-crossed lovers meets reincarnation, with a dash of magic to spice things up. In SPELLBOUND (Harlequin Teen), Emma moves to a new school in an attempt to escape her horrific past and is immediately dubbed a target by the “It” girl, attracts the attention of an arrogant – if handsome – bully, and meets her soul mate. Oh, and she discovers she’s a witch with an incredibly long past with said soul mate.
The book is fast-paced, and I was immediately drawn in by Emma’s unease with her new lavish world. Shultz does a good job in describing the posh Upper East Side, just as she does a good job contrasting that with descriptions of Emma’s past.
Emma’s romance with Brendan seemed realistic, if incredibly fast. I appreciated the side info about the two of them hanging out when they were toddlers. Brendan is described as hot, aloof, (over) protective, and has fine taste in music. However, I’m still not sure if his hot/cold act towards Emma’s was justified.
Shultz does a good job in balancing the romance with humor from the supporting characters and mystery surrounding Emma’s pendant.
All in all, SPELLBOUND was a nice summer treat.
3 out of 5 stars