Book Review: Spellbinding

Book Review: SpellbindingSpellbinding by Maya Gold
Published by Scholastic Point on April 1st 2013
Pages: 272
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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.

You know when you read a book, and everything seems so familiar? That a book you recently had read is JUST like the one that you are reading now, but in the back of your mind you keep thinking the other book did it a bit better? Well, that is the feeling I had with Spellbinding.

Spellbinding started off with the typical witchy set up. A young girl who knows nothing about the witchy world, and all of a sudden finds herself with powers that she never knew she had. Not a horrible cliché, but I was truly hoping for something different. Especially, once the love potion got involved.

Starting with the good, Salem Witch Trials. I have always been fascinated with the Salem Witch Trials. Maya Gold does a nice job interweaving historical elements into the read. It felt right (and a little fun) to have mini history lessons built in. Additionally, the witch powers were different than I was expecting. Abby and the others' powers were based on the elements. So, it was not the normal setup that I associate with witches.

As for the characters, well, they were not my favorite. Abby started off interesting. But her actions and thought process, at times, came off very juvenile. Rem had potential, but I felt like I needed more from him to feel like he was fully developed. The same goes for the other witches. By the end of Spellbinding, I felt a little lost at what was happening. What are these characters' motivation? Okay, they want to take over the world with their powers, and blah, blah, blah. But why? I felt like a weak answer was given, and not enough to back it up.

Final Verdict:
Spellbinding would be a great intro witchy read. Great for younger teens (and maybe older) to test the waters so to speak. But for those of you who like witchy books, Spellbinding may not be for you.

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One response to “Book Review: Spellbinding

  1. Like you, I felt that Spellbinding could have been… more.  More intense, more developed.  It wasn't bad, it just never lived up to its potential — which was too bad, because there were places where I could see what an awesome book it could have been.

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