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Early Review: Spellbinding by Maya Gold

Title: Spellbinding

Author: Maya Gold

Genre: YA Paranormal

Series: N/A

Publication DateApril 1, 2013

FormatPaperback, 272 Pages

ISBN-10: 0545433800 (Scholastic Point)

ISBN-13: 978-0545433808 (Scholastic Point)

Reviewed byBridget


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.

Quick & Dirty: This was a cute easy read.  I enjoyed it but I would recommend it for a younger age group.

Opening Sentence: The girls shriek and writhe on the floor of the meetinghouse, tearing their hair, their white aprons.

Excerpt: No

The Review:

Abby Silva recently discovered that she is descended from the famous Sarah Good.  Sarah Good was accused of witchcraft in Salem in the 1600’s and she was later hung.  Abbey has always been a little different and weird things start to happen when she turns 16.  She starts to have vivid nightmares and lots of migraines as an aftermath of the nightmares.  She lost her mother years ago and has always been a little distant from her dad and younger brother.  After traveling to Salem for the first time she realizes that she might actually be a witch and that is why she has always been a little different.  For most of Abbey’s life she has had a hard time making friends and she has never really had any luck with boys.  She has a huge crush on Travis Brown, the popular boy that has always been out of her league, but now that she is a witch that might all change.  While visiting Salem for the first time she also meets the gorgeous mysterious Rem.  She has an instant connection with Rem, but he is really hot and cold and Abbey doesn’t know what to think of him.  As Abbey develops her powers she discovers that there is a dark side to witchery and she doesn’t know if she should take a part in it or not.

Abbey is a cute insecure girl.  She has pretty much been invisible her whole life.  She would never stick up for herself and she has pretty much lived a shadow life.  After discovering magic she really grows into her own.  She finally gets some confidence and its refreshing to see her grow and develop so much through the book.  As a character I didn’t feel a huge connection to her but I did like her.

Abbey has had a huge crush on Travis Brown ever since he taught her to tie her shoes in grade school.  He is very confident and sweet, but he is dating the popular mean girl.  He has always been nice to Abbey but he is nice to everyone.  When Abbey discovers she is a witch she tries some love spells on Travis.  So now he is totally noticing her but is it real or is it the spell she tried on him?

Rem is a mysterious beautiful boy that has grown up in Salem his whole life.  Abbey always seems to run into Rem whenever she is in Salem.  She is instantly attracted to him and it is so easy to talk to him.  But the problem with Rem is that one minute he is flirting with her and being all cute and the next minute he becomes really distant.  Abbey obliviously hasn’t had much experience with boys so she really doesn’t know how to deal with Rem and his hot and cold attitude.

This book was an easy cute read.   It is pretty short so it is also a pretty fast read.  It flowed well, but it was fairly predictable and nothing in the story really wowed me.  I honestly think that this would be a great read for a younger teenager.  It is a simple plot and really clean.  Overall, I enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone that enjoys a fast light read.

Notable Scene:

Time seems to have frozen, but somehow in this instant that’s lasting forever, the boy with those eyes must have handed me my double caramel mocha.  Because I just dropped it.

“Look out!” Rachel shrieks as the boy’s hand shoots forward, catching the cup a split second before it falls into my lap.  He sets it down on the table in front of me, the whipped cream and caramel swirl barely trembling.

I stare.  “Did you just catch a full cup of coffee in midair?”

He shrugs. “I got lucky.”  Those dimples etch into his cheeks as he looks at me, green-blue eyes twinkling.  “I’m Rem.”

FTC Advisory: Scholastic Point provided me with a copy of Spellbinding. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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Early Review: Spellbinding by Maya Gold, 10.0 out of 10 based on 1 rating
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