Saturday, April 13, 2013

Spellbinding by Maya Gold

(blurb via Goodreads)
"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 good, easy read.  This is definitely a book for younger teens, as it was clean and the story was simple, easy to follow.  I really enjoyed the Salem history that was added and was a little intrigued with a fact that I learned from this book that one of the accused "witches" Sarah Good was executed on July 19 1692. July 19th happens to be my birth date..even stranger is that Lizzy Borden was born on July 19 1860. Weird, right!?
While Spellbinding did hold my interest, there really wasn't any "wow" factor to it. The ending fell a little flat as did the characters. Overall, Spellbinding was..Okay. Not a favorite but I was able to finish it.

Special Thanks to Netgalley and Scholastic Inc. for providing this e-galley in exchange for an honest review.

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