Review: Spellcaster by Cara Lynn Shultz

by Cara Lynn Shultz;
Editions: ebook, paperback
Published March 27th 2012 by Harlequin Teen
Source: netgalley
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.~ Goodreads Blurb

Here we are with book #2 of the Spellbound series. I’ve had this ARC for a while but I just got around to finish reading it like 2 days ago. Stupid internet connection issues kept me from typing out my review earlier, sorry guys. Let’s all hate my ISP together now *mwahahaha* Anyways, back to the book.

The writing was almost as awesome as it was in book #1. I’m saying almost because the first and foremost part I’ll like in tone is humor, and I felt the first book made me giggle more. Emma seemed to be just as funny but somehow the situations she was in managed to showcase her humor less. So this was one aspect that made me enjoy the second book less then the first, though it was a pleasant read nonetheless.

Another part that was good, but not as good as I would have expected was the plot. In this I’ll let you know right off the bat, I’m sad to say I’m one of those readers that thrives on tension and conflict especially in the main couple. This will we/won’t we get it on sort of tension seems…ugh…you’ll hate me, I know, but it seems kiddish. This is partly why I much rather enjoy a mature plot then a YA one, this whole issue of the physical contact is completely lost on me. And this was, by large, the main tension in the main couple.
Then there’s the lovey dovey thing…the thing is, I don’t do lovey dovey. Not in real life, certainly not in books or movies. Intense romance, yes, but conflicted, troubled characters, dramatic tension. Puppy love lovey dovey…I just can’t do it. I can’t go with it much either, I’m sorry, it’s just not the type of person or reader I am. There, scoff at will now.

All of the above made this a 3 butterflies read for me. It was well written, well put together and with a lot of awww factor in it. If you like that sort of romantic story then you should totally read this book. If you’re like me and prefer conflicted love as opposed to lovey dovey sort of stories, this might not be as fun as the first book was.

I say give it a try anyway, see for yourself. After all, there are no two readers alike, are there? 🙂

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