I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Spellbinding by Maya Gold
Published by Scholastic Point on April 1st 2013
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
There's more than one way to be powerful . . .
It is during a routine school project that Abby Silva--sixteen and nearly friendless--makes a startling discovery: She is descended from women who were accused of witchcraft back in 1600s Salem. And when Abby visits nearby Salem, strange, inexplicable events start to unfold. Objects move when she wills them to. Candles burst into sudden flame. And an ancient spellbook somehow winds up in her possession.
Trying to harness her newfound power, Abby concocts a love potion to win over her longtime crush--and exact revenge upon his cruel, bullying girlfriend. But old magic is not to be trifled with. Soon, Abby is thrust headlong into a world of hexes, secrets, and danger. And then there's Rem Anders, the beautiful, mysterious Salem boy who seems to know more about Abby than he first lets on.
A reckoning is coming, and Abby will have to make sense of her history--and her heart--before she can face the powerful truth
After finishing this book I had to sit and think a little before writing my review. I liked it. But at the same time, it was so incredibly frustrating. This book had too many clichés, it was comical. Shy, invisible, unpopular girl likes popular boy. Bullied by the mean girl of the school, who is also the girlfriend of said popular boy (which, NO she is not a cheerleader. Kudos for that) Discovering she has powers at a certain age. The almighty powerful “one”….
The book did start off relativity good. I was draw in at the beginning. The dream that Abby had a creepy and I could see myself there along with her. Unfortunately, it wasn’t long before I started losing interest and the writing fell flat. The flow of the story was choppy and at had to go back and re read a few times because I was so bored, I forgot what I had just read. I wasn’t able to connect with ANY of the characters, especially Abby. Everything was just so… convenient and lacked a mysterious feel. It lacked depth. The whole witch kiss aspect was weird. I also felt the implication that you are either “human” or a “witch” was strange, but unique. I did however, like the whole Salem Witch angle and how their powers came to be. But honestly, that was probably all that I liked.
I really disliked Abby. She was incredibly selfish and immature. After meeting Rem and starting to develop feelings for him, she still went ahead and gave her “crush” the love potion. Why? Because she wanted the attention and wanted to stick it to Megan. Then later, when things aren’t going her way with Rem, she gives Travis ANOTHER potion, even though she was getting annoyed by his attention. She felt entitled to have that power. To have the “real thing”. Forget the fact that making someone love you isn’t REAL. Do you think she even tried to find a spell or potion to reverse it? Nope. She also made a comment, “at least I know where things stand between me and Travis” well, no shit. YOU MADE IT HAPPEN. Her relationship with Rem was, at times, cute and sweet but also, lacked any sort of depth and realistic qualities. I felt it odd that he was professing his love to her so quickly. Insta-love? Yes. She was also a complete jerk to her ONLY friend, Rachel, and was horrible to her dad’s girlfriend. It just seemed to me that she didn’t want ANYONE to be happy because she wasn’t, and that’s a horrible character trait to have.
Just like the rest of the story, the ending was rushed and lacked a good, strong explanation. I found it odd that she didn’t have the self-control to NOT join the circle but had enough to leave it. There are no implications of a sequel so I’m pretty sure this is a stand alone. I honestly don’t know where this story could go in a series. It had a short, simple wrap up ending.
Overall – I liked it. Or, parts of it anyway. It was a quick and simple mindless read, but honestly, this book could have been so much more.
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