5/7/13

Spellbinding - Maya Gold

4 Stars!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
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.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Maya Gold is the author of the middle-grade series Cinderella Cleaners. She writes books for adults under a different name. Her eyes are a mix of hazel and gray, and though some of her ancestors come from New England, she doesn't think they were witches. She lives in upstate New York with her daughter.

MY REVIEW -
Great, fun, witchy little book! It didn't stick to the "normal witch facts" but that was OK, it was a fun cute story that will certainly interest and entertain any young teen or adult who loves witch stories! Its very fast paced and full of action.

The author did an excellent job with the characters! They are all so very likable. Even though it was paranormal, it was very believable. The characters all seemed like real teenagers going to a real high-school. This seemed like a story about a normal teenage girl, taking her driving test for her license, having boy problems, trying to get in good with the other kids, having problems with her BFF, she just happens to be a descendant of Sarah Good of the Salem Witch Trials.
"There's a swirling through darkness, and suddenly I am outdoors. Dusty planks turn into mud, rutted by wagon wheels, littered with straw. My wrists chafe in ropes. My hair has been hacked off with shears, and my scalp feels raw and exposed. I'm ashamed of the way I must look, like a badly peeled egg. Torches flicker around me as townspeople poke at me with sticks, kick at my hobbled ankles. When I lift my head, they draw back in fear. I hear the words "evil," "accursed." I hear someone hiss, "Die witch!" They are talking about me, spreading lies." ~ and so the story begins!
Hear is a quote that I really like -
"Is there something good that can blossom from magical powers, some extra sparkling of the soul that not everyone gets, like being born with perfect pitch or a talent for dance? It's not just a question of what gifts you're given, but how you choose to use them, what shoes you put on to move forward in life. Revenge is a terrible thing, but the world needs a sprinkling of magic."

This book is not earth shaking. It will not win any awards. It is just an entertaining and enjoyable story. Quick and easy and leaves you with a smile on your face. It would be great for younger readers. There is no swearing, no sex, just good clean witchy fun. The main character, Abby is faced with some real moral decisions, and I think she makes the right choices.

Thank you Netgalley and Scholastic for sending me this e-book to read and give an honest review.

Get it from Amazon - HERE
And from B&N - HERE

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