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Spell Bound (Women of the Otherworld Series #12)
     

Spell Bound (Women of the Otherworld Series #12)

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by Kelley Armstrong
 

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The #1 New York Times bestselling author sets the stage for a battle of epic proportions in the 12th installment of her critically lauded Women of the Otherworld series. 

Savannah Levine is all grown up. As a witch endowed with an array of spells, she is also a force to be reckoned with. As a paranormal investigator she is finally coming into her own.

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Spell Bound 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 153 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It just didn't have the feel to it that Kelley Armstrong's other adult novels have. Perhaps it is because Savannah still seems so immature despite her age. She continually makes poor decisions, which in itself is not the issue. The problem is that she doesn't step up to the plate and admit her mistakes, she just runs off at the first sign of confrontation. She also threw several "temper tantrums" because things were not going her way. At one point in the book she talks about how she was always respectful and helpful whenever she visited the werewolves growing up, but was completely lazy and constantly disobeyed Paige and Lucas when she was home. It is obvious that she really cares for her guardians, so why treat them with less respect than the werewolves? Clay did seem to give her a wake up call in Spell Bound, so perhaps we will start to see some major progress in her behavior.  Overall, I liked the book. I liked getting to know Savannah better and all the hints at what's coming are intriguing.  I particularly enjoyed how Savannah represented some portion of twenty-somethings in today's world - don't leave the home of their guardians because they don't want to or can't financially. In her case it's because she doesn't want to because she's afraid of losing her family. I loved that. I also enjoyed that she wasn't the foul-mouthed teenager we met in previous books. I felt like Kelley was laying it on a bit thick with that aspect of her and was afraid she was going to make Savannah some sort of evil bad guy just because of her parentage, so I'm glad she became more nuanced as she got older. Despite the Adam and Savannah relationship, I felt this was a good read.    
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
This is the twelfth installment of the "Otherworld" series, and it may just be the best one yet! Kelley Armstrong has offered all sorts of demons, witches, vampires, werewolves, fallen angels - a little bit of everything - with each novel she produces. And, in Spell Bound, Ms. Armstrong has brought some truly beloved characters back together again in order to support, offend, kill, maim, and.fall in love with, Savannah Levine. Savannah Levine (for anyone out there who is still unfamiliar with this series) is a PI, and has just returned from her very first 'detective' case which didn't end well. Walking slowly into a hotel, Savannah is trying to get over the fact that she has just solved the murder of three women and sent a half-demon back to Hell.but she feels absolutely broken. You see, after solving the crime the wrong person was incarcerated - taken away from a little girl who truly needed her family. But when Savannah whispers in her own mind that she would gladly give up her own powers to "fix" this mess, she had no idea who was listening. Savannah soon finds out that all of her "spells" are gone; she can't even unlock a door anymore because her wealth of "magic" has suddenly disappeared. Perhaps The Fates had heard her and took her up on the offer, yet everyone knows that The Fates don't work that way. Soon, Adam - the half-demon who Savannah has been in love with since she was twelve, and who is now her best friend - appears by her side. Together, they enter into a seriously messed-up situation that involves, an odd "pair" who are going to demons door-to-door and leaving no trace of themselves behind except a dead body; a small witch-hunter who seems to desperately want to kill Savannah, yet her plan is far more underhanded; Jaime - the psychic friend who has Savannah's mother, 'Eve,' sitting on her shoulder as she performs psychic shows across the country; Hope, the daughter of Lucifer and wife of a werewolf, who is currently about to have a baby and can't seem to stop having nightmarish visions about Savannah holding a strange sword; and, the list goes on, as readers are handed one of the best "Otherworld"-ly books to date. As the characters come forth, readers learn that the supernatural world may be facing a great enemy. In fact, a maelstrom is about to blow through their world and expose each and every one of them to the normal humans who will want nothing more than to study, examine, and carve them all up. The War is coming, and Savannah seems to be one supernatural girl who both 'sides' want on their team. Quill Says: As always, fans will not be disappointed. All the old characters are back, but this twelfth installment seems to be setting the stage for a grand finale!
BookaholicTracy More than 1 year ago
This book did not disappoint. I loved seeing everyone coming together. I am pleased!
ILoveBooksWI More than 1 year ago
Overall, I thought this was a decent Otherworld novel but defintiely not in the league with any of the other books. It read like a young adult book. "Will he kiss me? Maybe he will. Oh wait, no, he's just looking at me really close." "Lucas/Paige won't like me if I'm different." "Wait, yes they will..." The pacing was slow and mired down in teenage-like angst. Spellbound is about Savannah, an Otherworld young woman, but unlike the other characters, it lacked emotional depth and adult complexity and themes. Kelley Armstrong has been devoting her energies to writing for her young adult series and wonder if that has spilled over into the Otherworld Series (which is supposed to be adult).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was good but not as good as waking the witch. I hope adam and savannah pursue their relationship. I still love the series and hope the third one will be even better!
reneesweet More than 1 year ago
[Note: A rating of 3 stars and above signifies a satisfying read for me.] Kelley Armstrong's newest Otherworld novel SPELL BOUND is an enjoyable read. Picking up the moment that WAKING THE WITCH leaves off, Savannah leads us on a whirlwind adventure as she tries to discover what happened to her mysteriously vanished powers and, more importantly, who she is without them. SPELL BOUND seemed, to me, to have two main purposes: to force Savannah to do a lot of growing up in a short amount of time, and to set the stage for an epic showdown in the forthcoming final Otherworld novel. The issue of Savannah's maturity (or, in many cases, lack thereof) was definitely the heavy hitter and I enjoyed reading her realistic emotional struggles and witnessing her missteps. That sounds a bit sadistic but Savannah's slow-to-come realization that she has behaved like a spoiled princess was very well written. Armstrong didn't pull any punches when it came to Savannah's friends and family calling her out, which only made Savannah's process of coming to terms with who she'd been and who she wanted to be that much sweeter. Adam Vasic gets a lot of screen time (so to speak), which I loved. He's a fun, strong character and a great match for Savannah. Their dialogue is sharp and entertaining, with the exception of one bad habit of Savannah's: she cuts Adam off constantly. I'm sure it's realistic--conversations are a much more fluid thing in real life than they are on the page--but it became a bit tiresome and irritating for me after a while. In addition to Adam, we get to see a some of Paige and Lucas, and there are cameos from just about every major character in the series, which was really fun to read. I would have liked to give SPELL BOUND four stars but unfortunately, I just didn't feel the same sense of urgency and risk with the bad guy plot that I normally do with Armstrong's books. It could be that the book's events were given a bit of a back-burner feel because it was Savannah telling the story and the most important thing to her was the mystery of her missing powers (which isn't the primary driver spurring on the bad guy, action-based plot). SPELL BOUND is a very enjoyable book, one that I would recommend to any fans of Armstrong's Otherworld series. I'm eager to find out what happens in the final book--to see whether or not Savannah can step up and become the person she wants to be and to witness the epic supernatural showdown that's been building all through this book.
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57stillkicking More than 1 year ago
The last three books could of been one longer book instead of a skimpy 260 pages. They milked the crap out of the series. I have read magazines that were longer than the last 3 books. The advertised page total includes every single page in the book including the cover. The content is much less. Loved the series, hate the publisher.
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Very entertained
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It makes you want to keep reading until the very end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quick easy read. Can't wait to dig into the final book.
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Love this series love the characters these books are meant for adults this book is the second to last in the series so dont start with this book