Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Spellbinding by Maya Gold (Review)

Spellbinding

Summary:
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.


My thoughts:
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.

Just for fun:
Abby can't resist doing a few spells on her classmates. If you had magic for a day and could use it on anyone you went to high school with, what would you use it for?

33 comments:

  1. I enjoy witch stories and that cover is amazing.

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  2. The blurb really did a good job pulling me in. I'm so curious about what will go wrong when Abby starts doing magic.
    I would make a love potion or a good luck spell for my ex-high school buddies. They're wonderful girls, mostly divorced and struggling and could use all the help I could give them.
    Great review! :-)

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  3. I've seen this one--the cover is definitely intriguing. I'll check it out!

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  4. I love the colors of the cover! The story sounds awesome. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. That helped a lot.

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  5. Sounds intriguing. I love anything where the Salem witch trial history is involved!

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  6. I wouldn't cast a spell on anyone from school...but I couldn't make the same promise for people I know today ;).

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  7. Do I have time to read this. *biting lip, drumming fingers* Okay, I'm making time to read it. TBR here we come!

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  8. I probably would have done a love spell, but I'm incredibly glad I didn't.

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  9. I'd probably use love for my girlfriends who're still searching for their imperfect but adorable mates. Love magic period!

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  10. Magic in high school? Now that's a dangerous combination :-)

    But seriously, I'd probably use it to put everyone in a good mood. No homework, everybody aced their tests, no one is fighting with each other, etc.

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    1. If only high school were really like that. ;)

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  11. I agree, the cover is great! Sounds like a fun story. I don't know where you find the time to do all this reading. :)

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    1. Neither do I. LOL. Actually, I'm posting about that very soon.

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  12. High school was just fine, I'd like the magic now to slow down time for moi...love to get a week's worth of stuff done in 24hrs :)

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  13. NO! With great power, comes responsibility. Duh!

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  14. Excellent review, Kelly! It's an eye catching cover!

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    1. The cover drew me in, and the story is just as good.

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  15. I'm interested in the connection to Salem. And BLUE always attracts me. :)

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  16. Witches. Salem. I'm curious now! As for spells, I'd go for a self-love potion, make my friends and I appreciate our quirks and not be bothered by how we 'should' appear to others.

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  17. Oh, a magic potion for the boy you're crusing on. Perfect. Umm, not. The cover is appealing.

    If I had magic ... gee, I don't know. I had a pretty good life in school, friends and all. :)

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