Book Review: Spellbinding

Spellbinding CoverBook: Spellbinding by Maya Gold

Published April 2013 by Scholastic, Inc|Pages: 275

Series: None

Genre: YA Paranormal

Goodreads|Maya Gold’s Website

A Note: Spellbinding is an e-ARC from netgalley.com, which has not influenced my review in any way

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.

I really liked Spellbinding!  There’s something about witches and their connections to the past, especially when that past is their family history.  I totally loved the connection to the Salem Witch Trials, and the elemental magic used in Spellbinding.

While Spellbinding has a mix of elements right out of Carrie, Mean Girls and quite possibly Sabrina The Teenage Witch (and probably a few other teen movies that I’ve missed), I still really liked it.  I loved how history played out, and while I’m not completely sure how I feel about the prom scene, I did like the connection back to the Salem Witch Trials.

I thought the whole retribution part of it was interesting.  I can understand wanting revenge for what happened hundreds of years earlier, and it made Abby discovering her powers a lot more interesting.

I liked how normal Abby is.  She doesn’t seem to have many friends, and she’s ignored at home, which is a little sad.  But that makes it really easy to see how she gets pulled into the magical world.  I wish we got a little more of her home life and her friendships so we could really see how much things changed.  I also found Rem a very interesting character, and it’s because he’s so mysterious!

Final Thoughts:

I don’t really have anything else to say about Spellbinding!  It was a fun, quick read, and I loved how well magic, history and the present connected.  Spellbinding gets 4 stars.

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