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What's a girl to do when meeting The One means she's cursed to die a horrible death?

Life hasn't been easy on sixteen-year-old Emma Conner, so a new start in New York may be just the change she needs. But the posh Upper East Side prep school she has to attend? Not so much. Friendly faces are few and far between, except for one that she's irresistibly drawn to—Brendan Salinger, the guy with the rock-star good looks and the richest kid in school, who might just be her very own white knight.

But even when Brendan inexplicably turns cold, Emma can't stop staring. Ever since she laid eyes on him, strange things have been happening. Streetlamps go out wherever she walks, and Emma's been having the oddest dreams: visions of herself in past lives—visions that warn her to stay away from Brendan. Or else.

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"Shultz's debut is an absorbing romantic tale of curses and the power of love. For 16-year-old Emma Connor, leaving her alcoholic stepfather (and family tragedies) to live with her great-aunt in New York City is a relief, but Emma's hopes of flying under the radar at her exclusive new private school are dashed when she becomes the target of snobby mean girls and a skeevy lothario. Yummy Brendan Salinger comes to her rescue, and they instantly click, but strange things start happening: streetlights blow out when Emma's nearby, and she's receiving warnings from her deceased twin brother in her dreams. As Emma puts the puzzle pieces together, she learns time is running out for two souls stuck in a 'never-ending cycle of reunion, romance, and then tragedy.' Shultz's characters have great chemistry and snappy dialogue, and the author captures the tantalizing energy of a new romance and the ugliness of teen jealousy. The relationship gets rather gooey, and the second half of the story falters until the dramatic climax, but readers should still be swept along by the protagonists' faith in true love. Ages 14 — up. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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What's a girl to do when meeting The One means she's cursed to die a horrible death?

Life hasn't been easy on sixteen-year-old Emma Conner, so a new start in New York may be just the change she needs. But the posh Upper East Side prep school she has to attend? Not so much. Friendly faces are few and far between, except for one that she's irresistibly drawn to—Brendan Salinger, the guy with the rock-star good looks and the richest kid in school, who might just be her very own white knight.

But even when Brendan inexplicably turns cold, Emma can't stop staring. Ever since she laid eyes on him, strange things have been happening. Streetlamps go out wherever she walks, and Emma's been having the oddest dreams: visions of herself in past lives—visions that warn her to stay away from Brendan. Or else.

About the Author

Cara Lynn Shultz is the author of Spellbound and Spellcaster. She's a proud graduate of Fordham University and her work has appeared in Teen People, Alternative Press,The Guardian UK, and countless posts on Facebook (Facebook.com/CaraLShultz) and Twitter (@CaraLynnShultz). She lives in her native New York City with her husband, cat, and eight million other people. 

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Lieder Madchen, August 10, 2011 (view all comments by Lieder Madchen)
This book is not at all what I expected, but in a good way. I was under the impression that it was first and foremost a fantasy novel, but the magical aspects didn't even start to show up until you were seventy pages in. even when more fantastical things started happening, I would still call it more of a contemporary novel than a fantasy one.

I loved Emma. This story is truly hers, for once I didn't even care much about how cute or fun the guy was, I was too focused on Emma. Having escaped from a drunken step-father who almost killed her, she just wants to fit in and start anew. She gets nervous, she makes mistakes, she makes friends, she makes enemies, she stutters incoherently every once in a while and she is totally human despite whatever magical abilities she is discovering or curses she must break.

I was just a little disappointed in Brendan. Sure, he was cute and heroic and likable, but he didn't have the same depth as Emma. On the surface he had a bad boy attitude and a nice guy personality, but there wasn't much underneath. The author took a lot of care with Emma and her backstory and I wish she had done the same with Brendan's.

The curse was interesting in this story. It sounds typical enough, a boy and girl destined to meet and fall in love over and over through the centuries but be separated by death as soon as they are united. However, what was not typical was how they broke it. They never really tried to break the curse because they simply didn't know how it could be done. Instead, it was broken by them being themselves more than anything else. Plus, there were no epic magical battles between good and evil, which was a refreshing change.

I found this to be an original and enjoyable read that I would recommend to any lover of YA romance, be it fantasy or otherwise. I will certainly be looking forward to anything this author writes in the future.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780373210305
Author:
Shultz, Cara Lynn
Publisher:
Harlequin
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Subject:
Paranormal;Young Adult
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series:
A Spellbound Novel
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
20110621
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Young adult
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.38 x 0.94 in 11.34 oz
Age Level:
from 14

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Shultz's debut is an absorbing romantic tale of curses and the power of love. For 16-year-old Emma Connor, leaving her alcoholic stepfather (and family tragedies) to live with her great-aunt in New York City is a relief, but Emma's hopes of flying under the radar at her exclusive new private school are dashed when she becomes the target of snobby mean girls and a skeevy lothario. Yummy Brendan Salinger comes to her rescue, and they instantly click, but strange things start happening: streetlights blow out when Emma's nearby, and she's receiving warnings from her deceased twin brother in her dreams. As Emma puts the puzzle pieces together, she learns time is running out for two souls stuck in a 'never-ending cycle of reunion, romance, and then tragedy.' Shultz's characters have great chemistry and snappy dialogue, and the author captures the tantalizing energy of a new romance and the ugliness of teen jealousy. The relationship gets rather gooey, and the second half of the story falters until the dramatic climax, but readers should still be swept along by the protagonists' faith in true love. Ages 14 — up. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , What's a girl to do when meeting The One means she's cursed to die a horrible death?

Life hasn't been easy on sixteen-year-old Emma Conner, so a new start in New York may be just the change she needs. But the posh Upper East Side prep school she has to attend? Not so much. Friendly faces are few and far between, except for one that she's irresistibly drawn to—Brendan Salinger, the guy with the rock-star good looks and the richest kid in school, who might just be her very own white knight.

But even when Brendan inexplicably turns cold, Emma can't stop staring. Ever since she laid eyes on him, strange things have been happening. Streetlamps go out wherever she walks, and Emma's been having the oddest dreams: visions of herself in past lives—visions that warn her to stay away from Brendan. Or else.

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