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Friday, February 8, 2013

Spellbinding by Maya Gold (ARC Review)

 There's more than one way to be powerful . . .

It is during a routine school project that Abby Silva--sixteen and nearly friendless--makes a startling discovery: She is descended from women who were accused of witchcraft back in 1600s Salem. And when Abby visits nearby Salem, strange, inexplicable events start to unfold. Objects move when she wills them to. Candles burst into sudden flame. And an ancient spellbook somehow winds up in her possession.

Trying to harness her newfound power, Abby concocts a love potion to win over her longtime crush--and exact revenge upon his cruel, bullying girlfriend. But old magic is not to be trifled with. Soon, Abby is thrust headlong into a world of hexes, secrets, and danger. And then there's Rem Anders, the beautiful, mysterious Salem boy who seems to know more about Abby than he first lets on.

A reckoning is coming, and Abby will have to make sense of her history--and her heart--before she can face the powerful truth.

I am not completely head over heals when it comes to this book. It isn't poorly written, nor does it grab my by the heart strings and keep me invested right up until the finish.

I enjoyed the information that was given about the Salem Witch Trials, and how the girl was pushed into a certain direction because of a homework project that set everything into motion, it definitely puts it into focus about how fate can work and if one string is plucked the rest can trickle into places.

The witch aspect in the book however was kind of bland, this seemed more like teenage drama and a show I would see on The CW or another sitcom show. The same can be said about the characters, the fell a little flat and predictable for me.

There is that insecure little witching, who discovers her powers and with it the power of self esteem who is suddenly seen in a better light, who is dealing with the typical trouble in the family with daddy getting a new girlfriend.

There is that dreamy jock all the girls wants who is invested in that horrible mean girl with her two best friends who are just as mean and decide to pick on the girl who doesn't know herself yet.

There is the geeky best friend who still gets the guy she wants because of how golden she is.

It was a good read, but it was one that I easily could have said what was written on the next page

3 Raven's out of 5 Raven's (It was ok.)

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