DNF: Spellbound – Cara Lynn Shultz

“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 Connor, 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.”

I loved the sound of this book when I read the summary on NetGalley. I thought the premise of the story was really good and wanted it so badly so I was so happy when I got accepted for the galley… I started reading it about a month ago and only got to page 102. That is bad bad going for me, I would usually have a book of this size (300 odd pages) read in no time but it just wasnt entertaining me. I couldnt get into the characters or the story or anything and not much happened until page 97!! 
I think the story is probably really good but maybe not for me right now, my ereader is actually my phone and its driving me crazy so that might have something to do with the lack of even wanting to use it to read this book. This will hopefully be solved next month when I buy a kindle but I think if I’m going to read Spellbound again I will be borrowing a hard copy from someone.
I’ve heard a lot of people say that this book is slow going for the first half then gets loads better but I’m afraid for me if I’m not entertained in the first 100 pages and I feel like the rest of the book is going to be a chore then I’m going to give up! I try not to but I just couldn’t carry it on! 
I do think this is one you have to try before you make your mind up with. I would recommend it to anyone because as I say I think the time I was trying to read it didn’t help much with my dislike of it. I am going to try it again but only once I’ve got a proper ereader or if I can get it in paperback. 


  • Jules

    Yours is not the first DNF review I have read of this book – I haven’t started it, mainly because I have a sony e-reader and the formatting was really bad.

  • kaye (paper reader)

    I rather enjoyed this book, but putting it on my Kindle made it difficult as there were lots of formatting errors and I had to think around them in order to enjoy the story. Looking forward to seeing what you think of it at a later point!

  • Liz. R

    Aw that’s a shame – I was going to read this but I think I might give it a miss now. Let us know if you do ever get a PB copy/working ereader what you thought!

  • Michelle

    I have an older sister, one year exactly with our age difference, and we fought like cat and dog. Even now I wouldn’t say we are close.
    We have a younger brother who is 5 years younger than me and we get on really well. My time growing up was spent skateboarding down the street, or playing armys.

    Myself and my sister just clashed constantly but with my brother our likes are similar, we have a similar personality and sense of humour.

    I don’t think there is a ‘perfect age gap’ and just really depends on personalities.

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