I received an eARC from Harlequin Teen via Netgalley. Thank you.
I was surprised when I found out that Cara Lynn Shultz’s Spellbound has a sequel. But I’m more surprised with myself requesting this one. Hate (more of embarrassed actually) to admit I don’t remember the story any longer. I went in with a puzzled look and optimism that hopefully I’ll remember the story as I progress.
I did remember it. After a couple (it’s more than a couple, honestly) of pages. It was a light bulb moment. I was ‘oh right; now I remember.’ Though I also remember why I didn’t write a review for Spellcaster. I don’t have anything to say. At least important things that needed to be brought up. I don’t have huge complaints nor do I have things in mind in regards with the book’s plot that need to be highlighted. This is partially true once again in this book’s case. Just partially though, because I know this for sure; Spellcaster is a few notches above the previous book.
I enjoyed this one more than the first book. It has lots of surprising things in store for its readers. I, for one, was really intrigued to find out this person who wants to get revenge on Brendan and Emma. The prologue reeled me in, it grabbed my curiosity. I love this mystery-person-effect, it helps (well, in my case it does) me to stay on track. But more than solving this mystery person, you’ll love that the sequel focuses more on the witch side part of the story. Angelique helps Emma develop her witchcraft. And I must say Angelique is a fun character. Especially her interactions with Brendan; those are so amusing. If my memory serves me right (wow, lapses right away, after just a few hours, maaaan~) there are chapters in her POV (though I’m not sure how many). And her narration is a breath of hilarious air. Glad the author decided to throw some unexpected things. I have nothing against with Brendan and Emma and their ‘epic’ love story but there were parts that had me rolling my eyes. But that is just a tiniest complaint. Overall the pair was actually okay—bearable.
If you like Spellbound, you will definitely like this. The story is better; the pacing is heck a lot faster. And if you’re not much of a fan of their love story of epic proportions or better yet you’re not a fan of love triangle (as my sister says sequels are made for guy #2) then don’t worry, Spellcaster has more to offer. The ‘more’ part is what I enjoyed best. And yes, no other guy. (why am I sad about that?) 😉
PS. I like the song selection. Nice playlist.