Spellbound Duology by Cara Lynn Shultz

Goodreads Summary:

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.

 

My Review: This book sounded really cool when I read about it on my goodreads recommendations page so I decided to give it a try. The first book was definitely a let-down. The first half of the book was great, she is discovering she isn’t normal and there is an old curse that she may be a part of and of course there is Brendan…maybe not the most swoon-worthy male lead I have ever read about but I definitely got a small crush on him. His dark hair and light eyes make him seem like a really attractive book boyfriend and his protectiveness is the sexiest thing of all. The main character didn’t annoy me at all throughout the series and I love that this took place on the upper east side because it made it even that much more entertaining.

However, the book mostly focused on normal problems like a girl bullying her and a guy who was mean and violent and a new relationship, but the magic I was expecting never came. Breaking the curse was anticlimactic, after the last series I read I was kind of expecting some kind of magical battle that never came.

There wasn’t any cliffhanger with the first book so I decided to read the second book just because I was curious to see where the author would take it. The book started out pretty slow and I really had to push myself to read it but overall it was way better than the first. There was magic and there were spells and fights and some sort of magical battle at the end which was way more fun than just some bully attacking Emma and Brendan. Brendan was as sexy as ever in this book too but his overprotectiveness was too much and it almost got on my nerves how bad it was.

Overall these books weren’t bad! I don’t think I would reread them but they were a good and fun read. You can buy the first book on amazon here.

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