Monday, April 1, 2013

Spellbinding by Maya Gold

by Maya Gold
Released |April 1st 2013 by Scholastic Point|
Edition |eARC|
Source |Netgalley|
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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.

Spellbinding was a book that I was really excited to get my hands on. The premise sounded promising and the cover is awesome, but as I started reading the book my excitement slowly started to decrease bit by bit. This book is about a girl name Abby who has recently discovered she is a descendant of a few women who were killed and accused of witchcraft during the Salem Witch Trials. Now that in itself really caught my attention and had me interested to find out more. Soon Abby starts to discover she's a witch. She begins moving things in her mind and performing spells. I have to say, I wasn't that impressed with the magic in this book. It was too basic and wasn't that exciting.

Abby, as a character, could be pretty immature. Some of the things she did turned me off from the book. Performing revenge spells on the 'mean girls' is a bit childish to me. And when she pretty much threw a temper tantrum at her best friend when they first arrived in Salem, that was a no, no. She did end up making a small change towards the end though. I also didn't really like the romance. It was lacking and wasn't that exciting. Travis was under a love spell, which doesn't count as romance and I think if the relationship between Abby and Rem as a bit better, I would have liked it a whole lot more because Rem was a pretty okay character.

On a good note, there was a decent amount of action that went on in the book and the book was fast paced and easy to read. I just wish the characters and romance was bit better. If you like witch stories, I don't think it would hurt to give the book a try. You might like it a bit better than I did.

I received a eARC via Netgally for my honest opinion.


  1. Wow...I'm really surprised right now. I've seen this book on NG and even though about requesting it (I believe it's in most requested tab) but now I'm happy that I didn't. I'm sorry that this book disappointed you. Great review.

    1. I KNOW! Most requested and it was such a disappointment!

  2. wow it totally sucks when books end up disappointing you!! Abby does sound like a character who would annoy me... Thanks for your honest review!
    - Farah @ MajiBookshelf

    1. If she wasn't so immature, she might have been a tad bit better.

  3. I was excited too when I got the ARC but I have heard very mixed things on the book. Thanks for sharing your review!

    1. I went on gr after I got accepted and started checking out reviews, but then I started seeing all the mixed reviews. But I gave it a try anyway...Just wished it would have turned out better!

  4. Aee, I'm sorry that you didn't particularly care for this one, Janina! I like the premise too, so it's disappointing. I hate when main characters are immature (unless they're younger) and when the romance is flat-- those are the main things that kill a book. Thanks for your honest opinion, girly! (:

    Megan@The Book Babe

    1. Romance was kind of horrible lol All insta-love and weird...!