Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz
Publisher: HarlequinTeen (Harlequin)
Publication Date: June 28, 2011 (Today!)
"What’s a girl to do when meeting The One means she’s cursed to die a horrible death?
Life hasn’t been easy on sixteen-year-old Emma Conner, so a new start in New York may be just the change she needs. But the posh Upper East Side prep school she has to attend? Not so much. Friendly faces are few and far between, except for one that she’s irresistibly drawn to—Brendan Salinger, the guy with the rock-star good looks and the richest kid in school, who might just be her very own white knight.
But even when Brendan inexplicably turns cold, Emma can’t stop staring. Ever since she laid eyes on him, strange things have been happening. Streetlamps go out wherever she walks, and Emma’s been having the oddest dreams. Visions of herself in past lives—visions that warn her to stay away from Brendan. Or else." (From Author's Website)
It took me a while to get into this book, at first I felt Emma, the main character, was a little over dramatic. But as the book progressed I found myself being drawn into the story, I loved the character interaction especially those between Emma and Brendan. I didn't find their instant attraction realistic, but once the author had them together, interacting in a scene it was wonderful. There were many funny and sweet scenes between the two characters. The main story line is like an original fairytale in the present day although I didn't find the supernatural component to be the strongest point in the story. I enjoyed the character development with most of the characters, except the classic mean girl and jerk jock who stayed one dimensional. For the first half of the book there isn't much of paranormal or romance development, it mostly focuses on Emma and overcoming her new environment full of rich, privileged high schoolers. This was a quick, funny read with lots of great characters, with plenty of sarcasm and great lines.