Title: SpellcasterSeries: Spellbound #2Author: Cara Lynn ShultzPublisher: Harlequin TeenPublication Date: 27 March 2012
Rating: 4/5Synopsis from GoodreadsFinding your eternal soulmate - easy.Stopping a true-love-hungry evil - not so much…
After breaking a centuries-old romantic curse, Emma Connor is (almost) glad to get back to normal problems. Although...it's not easy dealing with the jealous cliques and gossip that rule her exclusive Upper East Side prep, even for a sixteen-year-old newbie witch. Having the most-wanted boy in school as her eternal soul mate sure helps ease the pain-especially since wealthy, rocker-hot Brendan Salinger is very good at staying irresistibly close....
But something dark and hungry is using Emma and Brendan's deepest fears to reveal damaging secrets and destroy their trust in each other. And Emma's crash course in über-spells may not be enough to keep them safe…or to stop an inhuman force bent on making their unsuspected power its own.
Wow don't you just adore that True Love is seen as one of the greatest powers on Earth. So much so that Emma and Brendan have little chance to relax following the events in Spellbound. They are just getting comfortable with each other when Brendan's past rears its ugly head.
This fabulous sequel takes the depth o f emotion within the narrative to a much deeper level. Giving incredible insight and understanding into the characters interactions, emotions and relationships. Emma especially really grew as a character, showing just how strong and independent she really is. She doesn't shirk her responsibilities and her innate goodness really shines through. I would say that she blossomed in this story.
There are some really fabulous plot twists and astounding character development.
Via the narrative more understanding of Brendan is accomplished. He experiences a tremendous amount of guilt and regret for his past actions. He truly wants to be a better person, someone he feels Emma deserves.
Emma and Brendan's relationship literally sizzles from the pages. There are some very HOT scenes. I completely adore their relationship and loved the progression. Especially Brendan coming to terms with relinquishing his status as Emma's protector. It is a wonderfully equal relationship, they rescue each other.
The addition of chapters written from Angelique's perspective added depth and understanding not only to the relationships and interactions but to the plot as a whole.
Mix sizzling chemistry, thrilling fast paced action, electrifying tension with amazing character development and you've got one heck of a sequel. Emma and Brendan have secured their position as one of my favorite literary couples. Brendan when I have forgiven your tramp like past I will give you 5/5