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When Nadia's family moves to Captive's Sound, she instantly realizes there's more to the place than meets the eye. Descended from witches, Nadia can sense that a spell has been cast over the tiny Rhode Island town?a sickness infecting everyone and everything in it. The magic at work is darker and more powerful than anything she's come across and has sunk its claws most deeply into Mateo . . . her rescuer, her friend, and the guy she yearns to get closer to even as he pushes her ...
When Nadia's family moves to Captive's Sound, she instantly realizes there's more to the place than meets the eye. Descended from witches, Nadia can sense that a spell has been cast over the tiny Rhode Island town—a sickness infecting everyone and everything in it. The magic at work is darker and more powerful than anything she's come across and has sunk its claws most deeply into Mateo . . . her rescuer, her friend, and the guy she yearns to get closer to even as he pushes her away.
Mateo has lived in Captive's Sound his entire life, shadowed by small-town gossip and his family's tormented past. Every generation, the local legends say, one member of the family goes mad, claiming to know the future before descending into insanity. When the strange dreams Mateo has been having of rescuing a beautiful girl from a car accident actually come true, he knows he's doomed.
Despite the forces pulling them apart, Nadia and Mateo must work together to break the chains of his terrible family curse, and to prevent a coming disaster that even now threatens the entire town, including Nadia's family, her newfound friends, and her own life. Shimmering with magic and mystery, New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray's new novel depicts a dark and unforgettable world of witches, curses, buried secrets, and star-crossed romance.
Posted March 15, 2013
Needing to get away from my last intense read, this gave me exactly what I need. A thrilling fantasy, exploring the world of magic and darkness.
A consistently awesome plot, I fell into this story quick. A curse that moves from generation to generation and a untrained witch who can be the only person who can help him. The plot moved at a good pace leaving me feel good. There are more twists and minor characters who played a bigger role than what I anticipated.
The love interest is quite a nice catch. I like that there is no insta-love and really like that there are many obstacles standing in their way. It gives their love much more to fight for. Nadia and Mateo are great characters that work well together. Each have something to gain and loose. With the town quickly falling under darkness, it's up to them to stop it.
Spellcaster is a fantastic story sweeping you away in an awesome adventure. Combining a dark past with an uncertain future, the reader is caught in an intriguing story. Impressive and suspenseful, Spellcaster is wonderful.
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Posted May 17, 2013
'Spellcaster' is the first book in a captivating new young adult paranormal series that follows teenage heroine and witch, Nadia. Nadia and her family, which consists of her father and her younger brother, have moved to the small town of Captive's Sound. As soon as she crosses the town line, Nadia feels the presence of another witch in the area. She also notices the strange darkness that surrounds the town, all the way down to the very trees and streets. After being rescued by the gorgeous outcast Mateo, Nadia is determined to find out what magic has been cast on this town and the people in it. Mateo's family has been cursed for generations, causing them to be driven to madness with visions of the future. Mateo's secret is that he's started having the visions - and they almost all contain Nadia. Nadia and Mateo team up with fellow outsider Verlaine to dig deep into the town's history and discover what secrets have been hidden.
I need to start this review off with the confession that I am a huge sucker for anything about or containing witches and witchcraft. After reading the description, I knew I needed to check it out. This was an enchanting first book the series and definitely lived up to my expectations. The plot was really interesting and dealt intricately with witches and witchcraft - it went into detail about the spells that were cast along with the history of witches and their laws. I was really fascinated by the back story along with the details about witches that were in the story and I'm really hoping that the author delves even deeper with the next book. The characters were well rounded and I liked the trio that contained the main characters. Nadia was an awesome leading lady - smart, strong, brave, loyal, and willing to stand up for what she believes in - and even fight for what she knows is right. I loved Mateo as well, even though he was a bit stereotypical at first glance - the mysterious yet gorgeous outcast/bad boy. Underneath, he was a fierce and loyal friend and son, a hard worker, and someone who was also willing to fight for what he believed in. Verlaine was a great character for comic relief - I liked her witty remarks and somewhat snarky attitude, but she was a great friend and brave too. The plot was original and definitely had twists and turns that I didn't see coming. I was desperately reading as fast as I could to see what would happen next. There were parts of the book that seemed a bit slow, so it felt like things were being drug out. That's the main reason that this book didn't get a 5 star rating from me. The writing (other than what I just mentioned) was very well done with great attention to detail and vivid descriptions that enabled me to join the characters inside the world the author created. It was a really fast-paced book that had a great flow. The ending definitely left questions unanswered and lots of "OMG - WHAT?!" moments for me, so I'm already dying to read the next book to see what will happen next. I highly recommend this book for fans of YA paranormal, especially those who share in the love for witches with me.
Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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Posted March 29, 2013
Claudia Gray did it again!! Strong female characters and handsome conflicted menfolk. I found Verlaine most intriguing and CANNOT wait for thr next installment! Her story grabs you and never lets up! A truly unique good vs. evil story with more to come!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 5, 2013
Claudia Gray gives readers a unique taste of magic in Spellcaster, the first in an all new series. Life's disappointments and a town's impending destruction take on three teens holding on to hope, love and friendship.
Magic is in the air. In fact, it's hidden all throughout Captive's Sound. Nadia's new home after leaving behind the hurtful memories of her mother's abandonment, and the only home Mateo's ever known, is shrouded by a darkness like they've never seen. Nadia has a connection to magic as a witch, so the moment her family drives through the barrier into Captive's Sound she knows something is off. Mateo is stuck in the middle, not knowing of magic, but dreaming the future and believing that he's set to go insane like all the Cabots before him. The two coming together along with the strangely dressed girl Verlaine, who seems to be forgotten by everyone around her, sets in motion a journey not one of them can deny.
Gray captures readers easily with her quiet, brave heroine and doomed hero. The mystery woven throughout the plot is addictive in it's ability to make readers believe in all impossibilities. While Spellcaster has a brilliant storyline and Gray has the skills to keep readers on their toes, there's something about the writing style that leaves you feeling a little left on the outside. The characters don't exactly pull you in and make you feel like you're in the thick of the action with them, taking evil head on or experiencing their personal battles. Nevertheless, it's an exciting beginning to the Spellcaster series that will leave readers eager to see what trouble Nadia, Mateo and Verlaine have unleashed in Captive's Sound.
*ARC provided via publisher in exchange for an honest review*
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