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Spellbinding 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book enprisoned my soul. It is so awesome!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a truly enchanting book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book
LovinLosLibros More than 1 year ago
When I first read the summary of this book I thought, "Oooh, witchcraft, Salem Witch Trials? I gotta read this!" While I liked this book, I did find it to be more juvenile than the other YA novels I typically read. The plot was simplistic, as were the characters. I just wasn't pulled in the way I normally am with a book. This was a fast read for me but I just felt the plot was too linear and predictable. I didn't really like the main character, Abby. I know she is a high school girl who is struggling with the pressure of being in high school and being accepted, but I found her to be quite immature and self absorbed. She has a crush on the hottest guy in school, who is of course dating the meanest girl in school. Megan and her entourage tease and torment Abby mercilessly. Gold really gave a new meaning to the term 'mean girls' in this book. Prom scene anyone?! She decides to visit Salem to find out more about her mother's ancestors and upon visiting the library, two things of importance happen: she meets Rem Anders, who is handsome and mysterious, and she finds a spellbook. Abby flips through it and finds a love spell. Even though I wasn't crazy about Abby, I did feel bad for her. She likes Travis, her crush, so much that she creates a love potion for him. He starts paying attention to her, which ticks his girlfriend Megan off to NO end, but Abby doesn't really seem bothered by the fact that he doesn't *really* like her. How can she enjoy that when it's all a lie? Too bad after Abby casts her love potion, she starts making nice with Rem and realizes the two have a connection to each other. I did like Rem's character. He really does have feelings for Abby, yet he has a duality to him that really drives Abby crazy. We learn that there is a good reason for his on and off feelings for her. Overall, I don't know that I would read this book again, but it was a fun little read. I think it would have been neat to explore a little more into the witchcraft aspect and the connection to Salem in the 1600's. Instead, I felt like I was reading more about high school/teen drama than about the paranormal side of it. *Thank you to Scholastic for providing me with an advanced copy of this book for review in return for a fair and honest review.*
StephWard More than 1 year ago
'Spellbinding' is a young adult paranormal novel that follows main character Abigail "Abby" Silva as she discovers that she is descended from accused witches from the Salem Witch Trials. While exploring her lineage in Salem, Abby begins to notice strange things happening - she can seemingly move objects with her mind, strange coincidence keep popping up, and she has the strangest feeling that she knows this gorgeous guy named Rem, although Abby's sure they've never met before. As Abby's new witchy powers begin to grow, she discovers that there's a lot more happening than she could have ever imagined, and now she must decide between her human side and her witchy powers - before it's too late. This was a really fun and enthralling novel that had me in its grasp within the first page. Although the book was rather short, the plot was told with great description and detail. The characters were all well done, if a bit stereotypical at times - especially Abby. I was able to immediately connect with her as the main character, and she experiences growth and maturity in the story even though it's not that long. The plot wasn't anything completely original, but it was told in a fun and intriguing way. I loved all the historical references to the Salem Witch Trials as well as the witchy things that Abby experienced. I'm a huge fan of fiction that deals with witches and witchcraft, so this novel was definitely right up my alley. The writing was well done and had great flow, although I really wish that it would've been longer. There was definitely opportunity to extend the plot and the characters if they had been given the time to develop. Definitely recommended for fans of YA paranormal fiction! Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
HopeWasHere More than 1 year ago
First off I want to mention that the cover is what totally sold me on wanting to read this book. I am a sucker for a pretty cover and Spellbinding’s cover definitely didn’t disappoint. The candles, lightening, the faded out strip of houses behind the young girl waist deep in water with her hair *clearly* blowing in the wind made me want to know the whole story. Can I offer up more than that as to why I love the cover, not really…it just calls to me and says “read me, you want to know why I’m powerful?” I was curious and the synopsis of Spellbinding only drew me in further. It sounded promising. Spellbinding is a simple story. There’s never a whole lot going on at once and the entire story focuses on Abby’s one new discovery, step by step. There’s no sub plot or other things happening that the reader can think about or that Maya Gold could tie into the story as a whole. It’s just a story about a girl (Abigal Silva) who learns some truths about her past when digging into her family tree for a school project and what she does with her new powers. (That’s not spoilery if you read the synopsis, so I’m not telling you anything you couldn’t figure out on your own by revealing Abby’s new found “powers”) Of course Spellbinding has the whole romance theme tied to it and not just with Abby’s obsession with her crush but with her new friend REM. Now a cool aspect of how Maya Gold presents Abby’s love intrests was cool because they didn’t instantly fall in love or write off their entire lives because of a crush. Which does happen in books and I usually don’t like them any less it’s just unrealistic.  I enjoyed reading Spellbinding even though compared to other books in the genre its lacking a more in-depth plot and multiple twists within the story. Another positive note was it’s a complete story and there’s no cliff hanger or need to wait for book two. I do think the last “epic” moment could have been a little bit longer or maybe just more details. It wasn’t a bad conclusion at all, I just feel like it could have been better by adding a few more sentences. Spellbinding had everything the synopsis claimed it would and Maya Gold executed it wonderfully. Even though the overall story is a simple one, the editing was spot on, there were no holes in the plot, no unanswered questions at the end and it was a smooth read that kept me wanting to read more. Overall, Maya Gold delivered a great fun paranormal read in Spellbinding.  
WereJumpin More than 1 year ago
I can say this book is very entertaining. I loved the fact that it was a page a turner, and you wanted to know what was going to happen next. It may not have been a “wow, that has never happened” in a witch book, but it was enjoyable. The writing style sucks you into wanting to learn more, and I appreciated that. This book is an easy read, and you will get to know the characters as the story line develops. You will either like Abby, or not. I genuinely liked her, she is just an average sixteen year old, that grows with mistakes, and learns sometimes you can’t have everything you want. She meets Rem in Salem, and sometimes their relationship was up and down, and not a lot of depth. I did enjoy reading about them though, and one of the reasons for this book to be a page turner.
Kelly_Hashway More than 1 year ago
The cover drew me in instantly, and then I read the blurb and knew I had to read this. Abby discovers she's the descendent of one of the most famous witches persecuted in Salem, and as such, she can't ignore that strange things have happened just because she thought about them. She knows she's using magic, and it tempts her to make a few changes in her life. Starting with the boy she's had a crush on for a long time. But this action has some major consequences, since he already has a girlfriend. If that's not bad enough, Abby is being pursued by a group of witches who want her to join their circle and get vengeance on Salem for the witch trials. Abby doesn't want to be evil, but with the pull of the magic and her connection to the sexy Rem, she has a really hard time separating her human self from her witch self. This is such a quick, fun read. I could really identify with Abby. What girl wouldn't want to use magic to get what she's always wanted and to put the mean girls in high school in their place. If you like books about witches, definitely pick this one up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was absolutely amazing! Definately a favorite. The summer got me interested, as I love stories about magic, and I like to think myself as a witcg, just for fun. But the paragraph had me hooked in. Once you read that, it's impossible to not feel that desire to read. All in all, "Spellbinding" had me 'bound' to the magic on every page, in every word.
Asand More than 1 year ago
I really really love this cover!  I think the cover art is what grabbed my attention first before the synopsis did.  I love how the model's hair is free flowing wildly behind her with all the candles and all the blue.  Love it! I really had high hopes for this novel because I really love reading about witches and the history of Salem and whatnot.  The description makes the book sound very powerful and Abby an interesting character.   Unfortunately, I couldn't connect with her very much.  She had parts where I wanted to learn more about her and other parts where she just really bored me.   I also felt like the story played up to this extreme confrontation yet I didn't really feel that great about it.    I really didn't feel too many connections with any of the characters.  I did enjoy the job at the New Age shop and the owner.  I felt like she needed to be a more important part of the story because she was so informed on so much.   There are some pretty funny parts though.  I really enjoyed the way Abby dealt with her dad having a girlfriend.  That was interesting  and definitely hot!  (Excuse the pun)  I could understand why she would be upset especially since it seemed that she was invisible when it came to her family.   Other than that, I really could not get into this story.  I tried and tried, up to the very end, but I just felt like this story promised a lot and didn't execute at all.  Even now as I write this review, nothing really stands out for me that I have to tell you about.  It was just boring for me.  Abby seemed silly at times, other times she seemed lost.  I thought Remy would be more of a intrigue for me but he turned out to be just as flat.   Now with that being said, Maya Gold is a good writer.  She has a talent that we can see, even in this story, it just needs to be developed a little more.  I love the idea about descendants of the accused witches of the Salem Witch Trials in modern settings.  Spellbinding just didn't do it for me.   But someone much younger than me could possibly get into this story more and maybe even connect with the characters a lot more too.  I think this story would be okay for someone in the late middle grades into high school too.  So maybe it is the age difference that caused me to lack the enthusiasm for the book as I read it.     Overall, I expected much more from this book and felt it lacked a lot of ummph! that I was hoping for in lieu of the description.  It wasn't a terrible book for me but it wasn't an outstanding one either.  It definitely didn't stand out as a book that I will read again, and probably in a few months I doubt I'll remember much about it.  Nothing really jumped out at me in the plot and made take extreme notice.  No warm fuzzy feelings, no tingling at the back of my neck,  just nothing.   I gave it 2 hearts.
chapterxchapter More than 1 year ago
It’s been a while since I last read a novel about teenage witches and I have to admit that I have a soft spot for the genre (if it could be considered a genre, maybe a sub-genre?). After reading the seriously awesome, not to mention heart-stopping, prologue to Spellbinding by author Maya Gold I had a feeling that it would be a lighthearted and quick read that I would enjoy every moment of. Spellbinding follows the life of main character Abby Silva who, after turning sixteen, has been having strange dreams and has noticed even stranger “coincidences” happening all around her. After being assigned a school project to track down her family tree she discovers that she is a descendant of a woman who was accused of being a witch during the Salem Witch Trials. During a trip to Salem, Abby ends up meeting Rem an attractive teenage boy who works down at the local café. However it looks like Rem may be hiding more than he seems and has taken a liking in Abby. After her first trip to Salem, she finds herself with a strange handwritten spell book that appeared literally out of nowhere. Abby is quickly caught up in a world where she can control flames, where any spell or potion that she concocts works and where she is no longer the underdog: Abby has power that she wasn’t aware she held and now that she knows how powerful she is all she wants is to learn to bend her abilities to her will. It starts with a love potion and it ends with Abby learning about a deadly plot that involves her immense power and family secrets that were left buried. Everything Abby has ever known is threatened but she will need to figure out the past to understand her future and must come to terms with what she knows in her heart. I really think that a lot of teenage girls will be able to relate to the novel’s protagonist Abby. She’s the type of character that starts off as a meek girl that is bullied by the cliché popular girl group and, after finding it inside of her, stands up for herself. Abby is the type of main character that a lot of girls will be able to place themselves into because not only does Abby have the same insecurities that a lot of girls go through, but she also has some of the same problems. Sure not every girl discovers that they’re an all-powerful witch descendant but they do go through the same drama and I think Abby will inspire a lot of girls that are in their early teens. There is a lot of romance in this novel and I liked that it was all very “first love of my life”. I didn’t expect Abby to go to the lengths she did to ruin the life of her bully Megan—she makes a love potion. Stealing another girl’s boyfriend is bad guys, even if she is the living breathing embodiment of cruelty. You don’t do that girls, you just don’t, even if the boy in question is the guy you’ve had a crush on since forever. I did enjoy that Abby and Rem do have a budding romance between the two of them however there was a concept that really grinded my gears: A witch’s kiss makes another witch… or makes a witch a witch permanently. Confusing, I know. One thing that really set me back from the novel was the way Abby’s bullies bullied her. When the clique is first introduced the girls act like they are literally in elementary school… and it really bothered me. Teenage girls don’t act like they’re nine. They spread rumors, gossip and threaten to ruin your social life at any means necessary. The way that the bullies even spoke to Abby was very clichéd and really irked me. There were still scenes where the bullies would threaten Abby physically, but considering that the characters are portrayed as girls that wouldn’t do anything that would get their hands dirty I felt that some of their actions were unrealistic towards the plot. The ending of Spellbinding is very to the point and had my heart gushing. Do I think that there will be a sequel? Not from Abby’s POV, but I do hope I get to see more in the Spellbinding universe. I’d recommend Spellbinding to fans of the supernatural, readers who are looking for a quick, fun read and for teen readers that are looking for a main character that they can relate and look up to.
Bonnie0 More than 1 year ago
Spellbinding by Maya Gold is a great teen novel. The female lead is a typical teenager, but she discovers she is not typical in any way. She can make things happen. What does she do with this ability? She acts like a teenager. The ending of this story is a bit of a surprise, but I found it enjoyable. I do not want to reveal too much about the plot, so I will simply say if you want to learn what this teenager does with her new found skill you will have to read Spellbinding.
InkandPage More than 1 year ago
Rating: 3 When I was a kid, just about the only supernatural you could find a story about was a witch. I loved reading stories about witches, drawing witches, playing witches on the playground. I thought that was the coolest thing, to be able to cast spells and fly and have a cat (we were a dog family). But lately, it doesn’t seem that witches are cool enough. Even the wand-wielders in Harry Potter were wizards, not witches. So imagine my excitement when I got the opportunity to read a new book about a girl who finds out that she, herself is not only a witch, but is a descendant of a Salem witch? Ahhh. I settled in to read on a grey, stormy day and was pulled into the story of Abby Silva of Ipswich, Mass. Just a stone’s throw from Salem (the town, not the cat from Sabrina the Teenage Witch). Abby feels like an outsider in her own family. Her brother and father favor their Portuguese roots, while Abby is 100% like her mom. It wouldn’t matter so much, but since her mom died when she was eleven, she just looks like she doesn’t belong. Tall, pale, blond. The frequent nightmares and painful headaches don’t help, either. Then there’s the incident with the traffic cone when she’s trying to parallel park at her driver’s test. She wants to pass the test, the cone appears to be too far away...she wants it to move...then it does. Just enough. Is she losing her mind? Things seem to be happening for Abby. She easily finds a job in Salem, she always finds a parking spot when she needs one, and she keeps running into Rem, the cute boy with the strange eyes. Eyes she’s seen before...in a dream. But Abby's eyes are only for Travis Brown, a sweet, perfect, popular guy that she has known (and had a crush on) since elementary school. But he is with Megan Keith, mean girl supreme at Ipswich High School. He’ll never think of Abby that way...or can she do something about that? It seems that she has magical abilities, and when she finds a centuries-old spellbook in her purse, shouldn’t she find out what she really can do? But why does she find herself thinking of Rem more than Travis? And why does it seem that Rem is interested one minute, and not the next? Her discovery may lead her to righting a wrong that could destroy Salem completely. The Bottom Line: A fun tale that invokes some old-school witchcraft, brings in the creepiness of Salem’s history and adds a sprinkle of attraction. There are some unanswered questions about why this witchy heritage was never discussed by her family, and some of the action could have reached higher heights. Things seemed to right themselves easily, too. But maybe that's Abby's magic at work. Spellbinding by Maya Gold was published April 1, 21013 by Point. A free copy of this book was given to Ink and Page in return for an honest review. Big thanks to NetGalley/the Publisher/the Author. Genre: Young Adult Fiction Fantasy Paranormal Romance Ages: 12 and up You Might Want to Know: Nothing of note
lmsparks More than 1 year ago
There is no better review of a paranormal YA than from someone who reads them all the time, so I employed my teenage daughter to assist in the read and review.  We both agreed it had a great storyline.  Abby discovering she is a witch is cool enough, but then to discover she is a descendant of a hanged Salem witch?  Awesome premise!  We also both appreciated and were intrigued by the good versus evil edge among the long-deceased, wrongly accused and persecuted witches.  What if the witches did not go quietly into the hereafter, but plotted revenge?  It blurred the line between retribution and justice. We both also felt connected with the characters, and cheered at the downfall of the Mean Girls who tormented Abby.  The love triangle had an interesting twist on the “soul mate” theme, as is expected in paranormal stories.  It was an easy book to get into, keeping us reading into the night until the wee hours of the morning.  Our only critique was in the conclusion, which seemed a bit rushed, and in the words of my daughter, “the answer was sort of blurted out.”  That said; we both enjoyed reading it, and look forward to more books from this author.
KatrinaLantz More than 1 year ago
The afterglow: I enjoyed reading this so much. It's exactly the sort of book I would have picked up off the shelf of my middle school library and devoured in a day. This book is well-paced and very much devour-able.  In preparing this review, I discovered Maya Gold is not your standard debut author cutting her teeth on a YA paranormal romance. She's written two handfuls of novels already for the younger YA crowd, and yes I plan to read all of them! Her skill in weaving a story is evident in the pages of SPELLBINDING.  I finished reading this a few hours ago, so I still have that happy little buzz from reading a magical story with a great ending. Here's what I loved about SPELLBINDING: -It is so refreshing to read a book that ends well and doesn't hint at some massive franchise to come! Spellbinding appears to be a standalone novel. Huge props to the author, Maya Gold, for fitting an entire character arc and romantic arc (love triangle, even) into one book. That's no easy task, and she did it beautifully. (If there are more books to come, I welcome them. It's just nice to read a book without a cliffhanger for once.) :) -The main character is introverted, something we don't see so often anymore in YA (I recently read an article about this, using Disney princesses as an example.) Yay for personality diversity! (This doesn't mean she is shy necessarily, just that she doesn't crave popularity. Even though Abby is sweet on the popular guy in school, she's not seeking hordes of friends and admirers, and is more content with one or two close friends.) -Neither guy in the love triangle is a grade-A jerk. They are both (Travis and Remy) sweet guys (though one runs hot and cold for paranormal reasons) with individual personalities and flaws. In the end we feel one is better for our heroine than the other, but nobody is disqualified on the basis of being a horrible human being. I love this because it's truer to real life, and it requires the heroine to make an actual CHOICE, rather than having that choice made for her by one of her romantic leads doing something unforgivable.  -Good old fashioned MAGIC! Ever since I was tiny, I have been head-over-heels in love with magic. All kinds, but there's a soft spot in my heart for the spell-casting kind. The classic trope of girl-discovers-she-has-inherited-magic just hit the spot for me. I noticed many reviewers knocked off a few stars for this, calling it "unoriginal," but for me it was a plus. Note: the story is original; it's the trope that's a classic. Fans of the TV show CHARMED will love it. -Solid setting and sense of place. The first thing Maya Gold did in her acknowledgements in the back was to thank her travel companions. It wasn't surprising at all to me that she'd visited Salem or talked with the locals about "local flavor." I felt I was in Salem, anchored solidly in Abby's world by details like local museums, libraries, parks, bridges, town history etc. Descriptions of these places weren't distracting or overly florid, either, as I've seen in a lot of books about real places. Maya Gold does Salem proud. -The ending. The lessons learned. The completion of the character arc. Abby begins insecure, miserable, yearning for some identity, purpose, and for close relationships after her best friend moved away. She ends secure in who she is, understanding where her power comes from, and having several close and healthy relationships (family, friends, and boyfriend).  -People are calling this young YA, but all that means to me is that it's not edgy. I would read this with my niece... when she's 12 or 13.  My one hang-up was actually the cover. I'm a huge marketing buff, and when I realized Abby's eye-color, elemental power, and prom dress all had something in common, I had to wonder why the cover artist didn't use that color at all! It's still a beautiful cover, but seems like quite a missed opportunity. Also, the model's hair is too tame to be Abby's wild tresses. :)  Cover gripe aside, I loved this book. I look forward to more from Maya Gold, and plan to read her backlist. Fans of Ally Carter-sized romances will also enjoy Maya Gold's work.
Cinberry More than 1 year ago
Even as a little girl I've always had a fascination with witches. My mom made a witch costume, including cape, which I wore for several Halloweens. The Witch of Blackbird Pond was a favorite book, as was The Crucible. I come by this fascination honestly. I was born in Massachusetts. I've been to Salem several times, visiting the Salem Witch Museum and shops full of all things witchy. Salem is one of my favorite places. As such, I completely understand the draw Salem has for Abby Silva. Of course, I'm not a budding witch and it seems Abby is. Abby has a crush on Travis, a popular senior. She meets Rem, who has the eyes of the guy in her dreams. She may have a crush on Travis but she's attracted to Rem. When Rem spurns her, she casts a spell into a cupcake for Travis to adore her. The spell works, but Travis' toxic ex-girlfriend wants revenge. In addition to the typical high school drama, Abby learns that she's a potential fire witch and her awakening powers are needed to complete a circle. This circle is 300 hunderd years in the making and will right the sins of Salem. There's nothing not to love about this book. It's another quick and easy read. It's highly entertaining, humorous and the ending does not disappoint. From start to finish I was spellbound. Disclosure: This e-book was provided to me free of charge through NetGalley for the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments, and ratings are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book just by hte ?.