Release Date: June 28, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
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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 Conner, 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.
Emma has had a difficult life and hopes that moving to New York to be with her Aunt will give her the fresh start she deserves. On her first day at Vincent Academy Emma meets Kristin, the mean girl who has an instant dislike for her – especially after the gorgeous Brendan stands up for Emma against her. There is a strong and immediate attraction to Brendan, but it doesn't seem mutual since he starts ignoring her. She can't stop thinking about him and weird things begin happening around her as well as vivid dreams that involve the pendant her brother gave her before he died.
Emma is a sweet and timid girl that you really feel for after all the terrible things she's been through in such a short period of time. I wasn't sure about Brendan for a long time since he gave her the cold shoulder, but the reason behind it was understandable and I got to see him as the protective and good-bad boy that he really is.
I'd describe Spellbound as a paranormal modern-day fairy tale. The storyline unfolds slowly, but kept me entertained with the mystery that was waiting to be revealed. I enjoyed the combination of witchcraft and the reincarnation of soul mates trying to find a way to be together against the odds.