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Posted March 5, 2012
Even better than Spellbound. Emma once again finds her past lives relived, but this time she finds the inner strength to combat her foes. Emma no longer is the damsel in distress; kickboxing classes and spell casting sessions have transformed her into a fighter with a strong right hook. Cara Shultz creates a great fantasy world in the heart of New York City. Shultz's writing craft has improved tremendously since the first book. The character interactions and action in this book make it a page turner. The continued unique list of songs (Emma and Brendan love music) provides another way to experience and feel their struggles and passion. A great love story where the girl saves the boy for a change. Fans of Hex Halls and Twilight should give this series a try.
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Posted March 27, 2012
Wow. I thought that surely Shultz outdid herself with Spellbound, but I was wrong. Spellcaster is fantastic! It picks up where Spellbound left off, with Emma and Brendan dealing with the fallout from Anthony's attack. Anthony is still MIA, and the police believe that his father is hiding him somewhere in Europe. However, no one is sure where Anthony really is. Also, someone is out to get Emma and Brendan... again. These poor kids can't get a moment's peace. Spellcaster is an extremely suspenseful read. Emma and Brendan have to battle new and old enemies, and the novel is packed full of action, romance, adventure, and mystery. This is one book you do not want to miss.
Spellcaster has everything I loved about Spellbound, but the pacing is faster. Spellbound started off kind of slow at first, but Spellcaster jumps right into the action. We find out pretty quickly that something is after Emma, but we don't know what it is. Even after we find out who is behind her attacks, there is still a mystery surrounding who is helping Emma's attacker. While I had a good idea who was helping Emma's attacker, I wasn't 100% sure until it was revealed. Shultz leaves hints along the way, but she does a good job at keeping you guessing.
Emma's character has grown so much since Spellbound, and she grows even more in Spellcaster. She still has her sarcastic sense of humor, but she is much more mature. She has a lot of difficult decisions to make in this novel, and some of her decisions really surprised me... in a good way. When I finished this book, I was very proud of the character she's become. Emma is a strong heroine who fights for those she loves without sacrificing who she is. She won't let anyone push her around, and I really admire that about her.
Brendan is just as sweet as ever, and if you didn't completely fall in love with him during Spellbound, you definitely will in this book. He goes to great lengths to ensure Emma's happiness, and it's obvious that he's become her best friend as well as her soul mate. They make a great team, and their interactions show that they are growing as characters together. They have a healthy and respectful relationship. I wish more YA books had characters like these two.
A cool thing Shultz did in this book was tell a couple of chapters from Angelique's perspective. This really allows the us to get to know our favorite goth girl a bit better. Angelique has some new powers that she's learning to deal with, and her POV made the story more complex. We also find out what her problem is with Brendan and how she's working to overcome their differences. Angelique was one of my favorite characters in Spellcaster.
There is a lot more magic in Spellcaster than there was in Spellbound, and I really enjoyed that. Emma is learning how to be a witch, and while she has some problems focusing her emotions, her powers always seem to work when she needs them most. We also get to meet Angelique's cousin, Miranda, and she's an interesting addition to the book.
The plot, as I stated, is a page turner. It's quick moving, and the pacing is perfect. The ending wraps everything up nicely, but there is room for a sequel. I hope this series is at least a trilogy because I love the world that Shultz has created. Spellcaster will entrance you and keep you under its spell until the last page.
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Posted June 13, 2012
What do you do when you and your destined soul mate break a centuries old curse? For Emma Conner and Brendan Salinger, you try to put the past behind you and act like a normal couple. Or as normal as a new witch and her boyfriend can be. Unfortunately, for Emma and Brendan, his past and Emma's newfound witchy power crash into one another. Emma needs to get up to speed with her spells in order to save the day.
I wasn't sure what to expect with Spellcaster. I figured once the curse had been broken, Emma and Brendan would go off on their merry way. Luckily for us, they do hit a few snags in their journey to happily ever after. The snag being Brendan's past.
Brendan didn't live the life of a saint before Emma came along and Emma tended to be a tad bit jealous over being reminded just how many "hook ups" Brendan had. So it was fitting that one of those hook ups, one who happened to be a witch, decided to get a little retribution while attempting to gain some evil powers.
While Emma had to deal with the fact that someone, was again, trying to kill her, Brendan also had to deal with the knowledge that something he did in the past is coming back to harm someone he loves. It was refreshing to see the gut wrenching emotions that Brendan went through, trying to figure out if it would be better for Emma if he broke things off with her (which you could tell would kill him). It made me forgive Brendan for his slutty ways and hope they could defeat the evil witch.
After finishing Spellcaster, I hope to see more to the series. Brendan and Emma grew, but I'd like to see what else may be in store for them...especially as Emma's powers grow.
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Posted March 26, 2012
Wow, what an adventure. The sequel to Cara Lynn Schultz’ debut novel Spellbound, is Spellcaster, one of the books that I have anticipated for in such a long time. As soon as I received the ARC for Spellcaster, I could not sleep until I finished it. It was great. I loved every moment of it, as well as the emotions that I felt. The story and the characters felt familiar, nothing was out-of-place and there weren’t many drastic changes to the characters. I experienced a new adventure with my favorite people.
Dangers lurk in the corners for Emma and Brendan. Despite breaking the curse in Spellbound, there is something, or someone, attacking the lovebirds. Instead of being torn apart by a predestined curse, Emma and Brendan grew stronger as individuals and as a couple. Each one has a new value in strength and independence, something that I enjoyed reading.
Emma has grown so much from Spellbound to Spellcaster. She has gained significant strengths, much attuned with her powers, but also with who she is as a young woman. Emma was different. Where Emma seemed to be secluded in Spellbound, she was much more social and engaging in Spellcaster. And I really enjoyed all the magic use! I’ve been waiting for it, and I finally got it! It was wickedly splendid.
Schultz’ world was a lot more fun with Spellcaster. It’s a little hard to explain, with having the same geographical location, but I felt that there was more use of the characters’ environments. There was more action and involvement, and I had so much fun anticipating the next moment. Schultz did a great job bringing the dark side of humanity to the forefront. She made normal and sinister into this harmonious play. It’s hard to describe, but it was amazing.
Schultz brought new story elements to Spellcaster, changing what I thought was the story dynamic. She changed the theme and pacing to match what was going on with the characters and with the plot. It was great, really, bringing this spotlight to the details and story arcs. There were elements of old mythology and folklore, but with a modern-day twist. Schultz also knew how to change and manipulate the characters’ emotions dependent on the situation. It was so interesting to see the depth that love will take someone.
Spellcaster is a story packed with intense action and suspense, balanced with secrets of love yearned and love forlorn. A must-add to your collection at home. I highly suggest that you pick this up as soon as possible!
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Posted January 5, 2015
Emma and Brendan finally broke the old curse that burdened their love, but a new enemy is coming for them, intending to use their powers for her own evil plans. SPELLCASTER is the second and last book in the SPELLBOUND series.
Emma and Brendan's romance intensifies a bit, but not as much as one could've hoped for in a sequel. They might have lost some of their original magic in consequence of too much secret-keeping and not trusting the other to be strong enough to handle any upcoming difficulties. It was still good to see them again, spending more time together, as Brendan and Emma have a natural charm as a couple that is just meant to be together.
SPELLCASTER has one last trial to test their love for each other, a mean witch. The antagonist wasn't as scary and unpredictable as the enemy Emma and Brendan had to face in SPELLBOUND. Great is that we learn more about Emma's ancient powers to cast spells. She's practicing a lot and we can be front row spectators of her magical achievements.
4/5 **** SPELLCASTER – An encore to Brendan and Emma's cute and hip New York love story, upping the paranormal power use and all that's at risk.
If you loved SPELLBOUND you definitely want to read this sequel about the last trial to test Emma and Brendan's love for each other. In the extra section of SPELLCASTER fans are supplied with playlists of songs on Emma and Brendan's iPods, very good bonus!
Posted September 30, 2014
While Spellcaster didn’t rock my socks off, it was one of the more enjoyable YA paranormal romances I’ve read this year. The characters match, and even though their undying love is way too mushy for me, the book had some good aspects too, like an interesting story, humor and solid writing.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 27, 2013
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Okay so i bought this book by mistake and i was freaking out worrying about not liking the book. But as im reading im like wow i actually bought a good book and i cant stop reading it. Its just so good. So i recommend people to get this story and read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 20, 2012
I've been anticipating this book since falling in love with Spellbound last year. I was devastated when I finished the Spellbound, as I didn't want Brendan and Emma's story to be over. Imagine my excitement when I learned that there would be a sequel and one where we see more of Emma's witchiness! Cara Lynn Shultz has more than met my expectations with Spellcaster and its enchanting world of witchcraft and true love.
Emma and Brendan are as in love as in book one, and their relationship hold strong through all the hate-glares that Emma has been receiving and the rumors spreading since Brendan saved Emma's life at the end of book one. They are adorable together. With no curse holding them back, they are free to be together and express their love in the open. The two make up one of my favorite YA couples.
Romance isn't all there is to this book. There is suspense and tension with the threat of attack. Someone wants to hurt the happy couple, and there are others who would help. Although Brendan wants to protect Emma, she has been learning more about her powers and taken up kickboxing classes, rising up to challenges that come their way. She is an independent girl and will do anything to protect those that she loves, even if it means withholding critical information from them.
Cara Lynn Shultz wraps up Brendan and Emma's story in this brilliantly written sequel filled with magic, witches, and romance. The sweet couple has stolen my heart time after time across the two books. Emma's friend Angelique and others steal some of the stage for themselves in this sequel, further developing Emma and Brendan's world. Once you finish the series, reread it again if you love it as much as I do!
Posted September 1, 2012
I was never the biggest fan of Spellbound, the prequel to Spellcaster, so it surprised me that I actually enjoyed Spellcaster more. It was an original novel, albeit clichéd, and I grew to love some characters a little more.
Whereas Spellbound seemed to revolve around breaking the curse of Emma and Brendan’s eternal reincarnation, Spellcaster revolved around protecting their true love. The prequel was definitely clichéd (come on, we all knew that the curse would be broken in the end), but this novel’s plot actually intrigued me. I’m not saying it was the best—no, it was nowhere near as interesting as some other novels I’ve read—but it was enough to let me keep flipping through the pages. I wanted to know who was trying so desperately to destroy Emma and Brendan’s true love and, more importantly, why that person was doing so.
Unfortunately, the novel was much too predictable. I easily figured out who was the culprit long before he/she was revealed. He/she was just mentioned much too many times, and I knew it wasn’t a coincidence. I also had suspicions as to why that person would go to such lengths, and I was right.
The mystery in this novel was what really pulled me in. If there wasn’t any mystery, I think I would have given up after fifty pages. But I had my suspicions, and because I always want to be right, I decided to continue reading. The mystery was predictable, but I could deal with that because Cara Lynn Shultz did manage to knock me off my feet a couple times.
I think I was most annoyed with the romance in this novel. I don’t know; maybe it’s just me, but I get really frustrated with lovey-dovey rainbows-and-sunshine cuteness galore romance. (That’s when I go looking for action novels with lots of guts involved.) I don’t want this deluge of hearts and unicorns. It’s not fun to read. But I will say that Emma and Brendan are as cute as they ever were, though I hate how they’re so hung up on whether they should have sex or not. (Like, gross. You’ve known each other for how long? And don’t give me the soul mate crap.)
Emma is no longer the Mary Sue she was in the prequel. She’s been taking some classes that have given her some extra punch (hi-yah!), and she’s definitely gotten stronger both physically and emotionally. However, I’m still really annoyed with her because she’s still that goody-two-shoes nice girl with the tragic past and the rich aunt. So, in a way, she’s still that Mary Sue.
Brendan is still a Marty Stue times one billion. There is absolutely no flaw that I could find in him, and that makes me want to pummel him into a pulp. (Yes, I hate perfect people, if you couldn’t tell.)
There is a minimal amount of description in the novel, which kind of irks me, but the diction irks me more. (Can’t you utilize some of those SAT vocabulary words, Cara Lynn Shultz?) The novel feels very blah to me because there isn’t anything special about the author’s writing style.
I’d like to comment that the changes in perspective were very random. Occasionally the point of view changes from Emma’s POV to Angelique’s POV and I think one time Brendan’s POV. The changes are necessary, I admit, but it feels very out of place. I think that they would have been much better accomplished just through dialogue.
Overall, I would consider Spellcaster an average novel. There’s nothing special about it, but there’s nothing that I absolutely hated about it. It had a (slightly) intriguing plot, but its...
Posted July 7, 2012
I loved this book em saves the day and comes into her powers when her happy ever after gos boom after like 3ms this book is worth reading even if you havent read the first one becuse it explans things form book 1. I hope theres a book 3 becuse id like ems past to come bak to get her like her step dad id also like to hear from brenden becuse hes a player that now has a sol mate i want to know how all of it makes him feel not just what he tells her cus we all know there is more going on up there lol but anywaythere needs to be at lest one more becuse this was such a good book
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Posted June 18, 2012
True love has triumphed over an evil curse, and Emma and Brendan are free to enjoy being soulmates. Well, sort of. It turns out someone is out to kill Emma...again. This new person definitely means business. Emma has a few new tricks up her sleeve however. She's been practicing magic with her friend Angelique. As motives come out into the open, Emma will have to use all she has learned to save her life.
I was very interested to see where the author would go with a sequel, and I was not disappointed. All my old favorites were back (and some of my not-so-favorites). When you throw off an ages old curse in the first book, it would seem there is not much else to do. Luckily the author is able to take a different approach. Emma must once again figure out who is after her, but the truth is not exactly what she expected. It opens up some old insecurities of hers. Emma though has some new skills in her arsenal. Seeing Emma become more confident in her abilities was very fun. I liked that it gave her a chance to grow. Emma and Brendan are still a pretty fun pair. I thought their "made-for-each-other-ness" would wear on me, but it didn't.
My favorite character was Angelique. She and her cousin were able to provide a bit of comic relief and move the plot along at the same time. I loved the chapters from Angelique's point of view. They provided a much different perspective, and it was fun to read. Overall I was very pleased with this sequel. It was fun to come back to familiar characters, but I also enjoyed seeing them grow some more. Fans of the first book will have a great time with this one, but it's also an easy book for readers new to the series to enjoy too.
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Posted June 16, 2012
Spellcaster takes place shortly after Spellbound. Emma and Brendan are starting to get back into the grove of things when strange things start to happen. It turns out that one of Brendan's previous conquests before meeting Emma is out for Emma's blood.
I loved Spellbound. I thought Brendan was so adorable and supportive of Emma. I am glad to say that is still the case in this book. Once he finds out what's going on and who's attacking Emma, he feels incredibly guilty. Since she's met him, she has been in constant danger and now one of the girls he messed around with is after her.
I liked this story but just not as much as the first book. Not that there was anything wrong with the writing but I just felt like Spellbound would have been perfect as a stand alone novel. They broke the ancient lovers curse in Spellbound which was something that their souls had been battling for centuries. There just wasn't a whole lot to go off of from there. Regardless though, I still enjoyed getting more time with Brendan.
Posted June 7, 2012
Posted May 30, 2012
Who would have thought finding your soul mate would be the easy part.
This was a suspenseful new novel that will leave you hungry for more. The imagery was perfect and helped to set the mood for the entire story. It was a very easy story to get lost in and I can’t wait to see the rest of the series.
It’s tough going through high school and discovering who you are, but things get a lot worse when you are a newbie witch. I liked Emma as a character and really got attached to her by the end of the story. Even though she has powers some might envy she still deals with many of the same situations other teenagers do and learns from those experiences.
I highly recommend this spellbinding read fans of paranormal romance.
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