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Friday, March 29, 2013

Review: Spellbinding by Maya Gold


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Sixteen Year Old Outcast Abby Silva is about to make a life altering discovery when she embarks on a family tree project for class. Her ancestors were accused of witchcraft during the Salem Witch Trials. 

Intrigued, Abby makes a visit to Salem where strange things begin to happen to her. She finds she can move objects if she concentrates on them hard enough, she can make candles burst into flame, and if that isn't strange enough, she finds an old handwritten spell book hidden in her backpack.

Trying to come to terms with this information (something she doesn't fully believe in), Abby decides to create a love potion to gain the attention and affection of her long time crush. The potion works, but not in the way she had bargained for. 

Soon, Abby finds herself stuck in the middle of a world she didn't know existed. One where magic is real - and danger lurks around every corner. 

My Rating: 2 out of 5 Stars

Let me start off by saying that Spellbinding is considered a YA book, and it shows. In fact, it would probably be something that girls as young as twelve would really enjoy. And being that I'm not twelve... I had a hard time getting into it. 

The plot was very predictable, the characters more or less cookie cutter versions of other characters, and the ending was dreadful. Don't get me wrong, the book did have potential, it just didn't manage to get there. 

There were times in this book that I just really didn't like Abby at all. She comes across as a very selfish person, not caring about anyone or their happiness other than herself and her own happiness. She flaunts the fact that she has gained Travis' affection before he's broken up with his girlfriend, and then wonders why the girl (and her two cronies) double their efforts to be mean to her. 

The other (sort of) main character Rem had to potential to be a thrilling addition to the story-line, but in my opinion, he just fell flat. It seemed evident that the author did not spend as much time on him as she should have, being that he was very one dimensional and really did nothing to improve the plot of the story.

All in all, unless you are brand new to Paranormal YA, or you're still under the age of fourteen, this book is probably not for you. 

                  Spellbinding is available for purchase from Amazon.com by clicking HERE.

DISCLAIMER: I received an advanced copy of Spellbinding in exchange for my honest review. This has not reflected on my review in any way.

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