Spell Bound (Women of the Otherworld Series #12)

Spell Bound (Women of the Otherworld Series #12)

by Kelley Armstrong

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ISBN-13: 9780452297999
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/26/2012
Series: Women of the Otherworld Series , #12
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 256,139
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Kelley Armstrong is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Rockton series, the Otherworld series, the Cainsville series, the young adult trilogy Darkest Powers, and the Darkness Rising series. She graduated with a degree in psychology and then studied computer programming. Now, she is a full-time writer and parent, and she lives with her husband and three children in rural Ontario, Canada.

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"Kelley Armstrong has long been a favorite of mine."
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Spell Bound 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 161 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.
flemmily on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Disappointing. I haven't been reading paranormal much recently, so it may be just that I'm out of the groove, but this book felt a little phoned in. Characters from other books are kind of shoved in, without revealing much of the personalities that make them really fun to read about.
saramllr on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read somewhere that Kelley Armstrong was putting the Otherworld series on hiatus. I hope this is not the last book for a while because otherwise she's kinda leaving us hanging.
kmartin802 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Savannah Levine has lost her powers but still needs to investigate some strange occurrences in the supernatural world. It seems that some supernaturals want to start a Supernatural Liberation Movement and fight for their right to rule over all humanity. It also looks like the demons are divided into factions over the issue too. Savannah and her best friend (and how she wishes he were her boyfriend) Adam investigate along with Paige and Lucas, Sean, Jeremy and Jaime, Elena and Clay. This was exciting and it was wonderful to see so many characters from earlier books.
RavenswoodPublishing on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kelley Armstrong is a progeny when it comes to supernatural writing. Her books leave you breathless with their racy romances, the constant struggles, and the exciting stories. She does all of this effortlessly and you have no choice but to plummet without stumbling straight into her world. She has created such a strong presence in all of her characters that everything about them makes them seem real! You get so caught up in their stories that you feel you are a part of them. I cannot say enough good things about Kelley!
kayceel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Spell Bound picks up where Waking the Witch left off: Savannah wishes that if the outcome of her investigation were different, she'd give up her powers...and then her powers are shut off. She reaches out to her best friend (and not-so-secret crush) Adam for help in discovering who took her powers and why, all while trying to keep away form a witch-hunter determined to kill Savannah, powers or no.An exciting, fun, and teeny-bit sexy read - and with this ending, there's no way I can patiently wait for the next book!!!!
DarkFaerieTales on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie TalesQuick and Dirty: The second to last book in the Otherworld series, Spell Bound provides essential character and plot development, but drags a bit and leaves the reader wanting more.Opening Sentence: He watched the girl stumble from the motel office, room key glinting under the harsh lights of the parking lot.The Review:Spell Bound picks up right where Waking the Witch, the previous book in the series, ends. An unknown figure, outside Savannah¿s room, conspires to steal her magical ability at the same time as Savannah pleads that she would give up her magical ability if it would make things right for poor Kayla and her grandmother and the law.One would assume that the reader will be someone who is familiar with Savannah¿s story through some of Armstrong¿s other books, not necessarily virginal readers. I would like to note that anyone who has read any of Armstrong¿s adult books like the Otherworld Series, there is often at least a few sex or sexually charged scenes that are not found in her young adult works. Returning readers should also consider that Savannah, a character we¿ve known since she was twelve, is now twenty-one and active. The book is not risqué, but shows the realities of the consequences of close relationships that form through overcoming death defying obstacles trying to kill or capture you at every turn. That being said, Armstrong does try to allow for anyone to pick up the book and be able to understand the plot without needing excess detail on back stories.The plot in this novel is kind of scattered and confusing, but I had to chalk that up to the fact that this book is more of a linking novel to bring all of the storylines together in the final book of the series, Thirteen, which is due out in July 2012. Savannah¿s magic is missing and there aren¿t many leads on how to get it back. You have the witch hunter from the previous book and a group who are concerned with bringing the supernatural world out into the open, which would bring chaos and death to humans. There¿s also a kidnapping thought to be between Cabal families that is causing stress and narrow escapes across the country. There is a lot going on in the supernatural world that is about to come to a head in the final novel.Not only is there turmoil in the supernatural world, but there are sparks between Savannah and Adam. I do like that there is real development between those two now that they are both older and learning more about who they are as adults.Overall, this book is kind of confusing plot wise, but only because there are a lot of things that need to be explained before the series can conclude next summer. Long term readers will appreciate the development in characters, and new readers will come to love these complex and multi-dimensional characters. Savannah is sassy and the voice for the next generation of supernaturals, and I am eagerly awaiting Thirteen, even more so because of this novel.Notable Scene:I woke tied to a chair. Everything was dark, but when I moved my head, I couldn¿t feel a blindfold.I tried to twist and feel how I was bound, but my hands were tied back-to-back and I couldn¿t stretch my fingers enough to touch anything.I closed my eyes and worked on inhaling and exhaling, struggling to slow my galloping heart.Kidnapped.If anyone else was here, I¿d joke about how this made me a legitimate challenger to Jaime¿s record. Kidnapped again. Ha-ha.Only this wasn¿t funny at all. When I saw that blackness and felt my bound wrists, panic surged, tugging behind it the memories of kidnappings past.The first time I had been captured with my mother. They¿d come for her and I¿d been home playing sick, so she¿d had to protect me, which meant she couldn¿t get away. She¿d died without ever getting away.The second time I¿d been captured by my father. He¿d been fighting Paige for custody and unable to tell his side of the story, so he took me. Then Leah convinced me he¿d murdered Paige, and in a blind tantru
LisaMaria_C on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love Kelley Armstrong's Otherworld series. This is the twelfth entry into the series, almost all of which are the linked first person stories of various women of different supernatural "races," including a werewolf, witch, angel, necromancer, and half-demon. Almost all of these books stand alone, and though you might learn some plot spoilers for earlier ones in the bunch, they're all pretty self-contained, with you not needing to read earlier ones to get what's happening and with a satisfying resolution.That wasn't the case with the last book in the series, Waking the Witch featuring witch Savannah Levine and it isn't the case with this sequel. That aspect made Waking the Witch my least favorite outing in the series to date, all the more because it left me with a cliffhanger in the very last sentence with the loss of Savannah's magic that left me wanting to hurl the book against the wall. This one, the second in the trilogy, didn't similarly leave on a cliffhanger, and I liked watching Savannah grow (and grow up) when forced not to use magic as a crutch, but it notably left major plot-lines unresolved for the next book. This book reads more like the build-up to a supernatural war, than a novel complete in itself.I wouldn't call this a standout among the series. I fell in love with Paige Winterbourne and Lucas Cortes of the third and fourth books, and some of the other novels even evoked tears from me (and five star ratings). This latest novel is engrossing however. Armstrong writes in a clean style, features strong world-building, and writes characters that after a dozen books feel like old friends to me. I really loved seeing not just Paige and Lucas but Hope, Clay, Jaimie, Jeremy, Elena, Cassandra... This is fast-paced with lots of action, and I read this in a few hours in almost one sitting. And I certainly will be picking up the next book. Given I feel LK Hamilton has long become unreadable, and Charlene Harris lost the spark of her early Sookie books, and other current urban fantasy series have left me underwhelmed, I'd name Armstrong's Otherworld series as my favorite still-currently-publishing fantasy series. (Though from what I just read in other reviews--the next book in the series will be the end of the series. *sob* I hope it goes out with a bang! From where this left off, it sure has the potential to.)
MelHay on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Whirling from the sadness and regret of what happened with Kayla and her grandmother along with the people who died while she was on the case, Savannah wishes she could do something to help Kayla. Even give up her powers to make it all right again. Savannah wakes in her hotel room to find her best friend Adam - whom she's loved since she was twelve - sleeping in a chair beside her. He had found her. Then to find she is powerless. The one thing she depends on deeply, her magic, is gone. Not knowing who took it without a deal being made. On her way to get a drink, Savannah is reminded there's a witch-hunter after her. Not being able to use the one reflexive defense she has, Savannah has to learn to protect herself again. Savannah has to redefine who she is as a person to make it through the troubles to come, and win the love of her life.I started late into this series with Waking the Witch, which starts with Savannah's story line so was a great time to jump in. I've enjoyed these two quick reads. Savannah is a little young but she is growing and learning, the hard way. Savannah hits a bottom here she never thought she would hit, but she starts to come back and want more of herself.This book starts exactly where Waking the Witch ended. And the prologue is a wonderful start!. It brought me up to where I was with Savannah at the end of Waking the Witch, and made me curious again with its hints. I even went back and read the prologue again after finishing the book. I would suggest reading Waking the Witch before reading this one, but books prior to that I don't think you need.The characters we meet! There is a huge cast of characters in this series, and I guess being 12 books there would be. I loved meeting them and getting little glimpses of their histories, who they are, and even a touch of cases from the past. All this has me wanting once again to pick up all the previous ten books I haven't read to get to know them all better. I really enjoyed these characters and the way they respond to each other. Oh and Adam... he is here in this book full force and I just loved him. He is adult yet feels of young innocent fun with Savannah. And some sexy to him too.I enjoy the writing style Kelley has here. If I think back to Waking the Witch and this one it seems like one on going story with the two. Kelley guides us along through the stories that are connected deeply but leads into the next situation. Like there is no time that passes and we follow each day with Savannah. They stories evolve to a different level as you go and the story becomes more than just the simple case Savannah was working on. There is more to them and they flow together. I like that the books fit so close together like this.This book could be read by Young Adult readers. There is just a touch of alcohol mentioned here as Savannah is twenty-one. But there is no sex. This is a story easy to follow and read through quickly.There is so much more to Savannah's life than she knows. And all is about to change with the war on the horizon. I definitely want to continue reading these books, and what Kelley has coming next too.
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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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