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When Nadia's family moves to Captive's Sound, she instantly realizes there's more to the place than meets the eye. Descended from witches, Nadia can sense that a spell has been cast over the tiny Rhode Island town—a sickness infecting everyone and everything in it. The magic at work is darker and more powerful than anything she's come across and has sunk its claws most deeply into Mateo . . . her rescuer, her friend, and the guy she yearns to get closer to even as he pushes her away.

Mateo has lived in Captive's Sound his entire life, shadowed by small-town gossip and his family's tormented past. Every generation, the local legends say, one member of the family goes mad, claiming to know the future before descending into insanity. When the strange dreams Mateo has been having of rescuing a beautiful girl from a car accident actually come true, he knows he's doomed.

Despite the forces pulling them apart, Nadia and Mateo must work together to break the chains of his terrible family curse, and to prevent a coming disaster that even now threatens the entire town, including Nadia's family, her newfound friends, and her own life. Shimmering with magic and mystery, New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray's new novel depicts a dark and unforgettable world of witches, curses, buried secrets, and star-crossed romance.

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"High school senior Nadia Caldani is both the new girl in Captive's Sound and a powerful novice witch. Her father moved what's left of their family from Chicago to the depressed Rhode Island beach town after Nadia's mother, who is also a witch, deserted them. A near-tragic car accident sets in motion Nadia's relationship with the handsome but cursed Mateo Perez, and also alerts her witch sense that something strange lurks underneath Captive's Sound. Enter Verlaine, another outsider who quickly becomes Nadia's best friend, and Elizabeth Pike, an outwardly perfect girl who has her eye on Mateo. While Gray (the Evernight series) relies on a few too many paranormal clichés (two car-accident rescues, an overly broody star-crossed romance), she does a fine job of developing the good and evil witches around which her plot is built. The author's intricate portrayal of witchcraft — including its theories, rules, spells, and history — raises this novel a notch above others in the genre, and Nadia is an appealing heroine as she juggles personal pain and looming supernatural disaster. Ages 13 — up. Agent: Diana Fox, Fox Literary." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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A darkly enchanting series from New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray about a teenage witch who battles dark forces in her small town, perfect for fans of the Beautiful Creatures and Hex Hall series.

A boy cursed with visions that lead to madness. A girl granted the powers to save him.

As soon as Nadia arrives in Captive's Sound, she knows something is seriously wrong. The town is shrouded in dark magic, more powerful and complex than she has ever seen. Mateo has lived in Captive's Sound his entire life, trying to dodge the local legend that his family is "cursed" with insanity. When the mysterious girl he has been dreaming of every night appears (Nadia), he fears the curse may be true. But danger is coming, and Nadia and Mateo must work together to stop this unknown force before it destroys everything in its path.

About the Author

Claudia Gray is the pseudonym of New Orleans-based writer Amy Vincent, the author of the New York Times bestselling Evernight series. She has worked as a lawyer, a journalist, a disc jockey, and an extremely poor waitress. Her grandparents' copy of Mysteries of the Unexplained is probably the genesis of her fascination with most things mysterious and/or inexplicable.

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Candace @ LoveyDoveyBooks, March 4, 2013 (view all comments by Candace @ LoveyDoveyBooks)
Claudia Gray gives readers a unique taste of magic in Spellcaster, the first in an all new series. Life's disappointments and a town's impending destruction take on three teens holding on to hope, love and friendship.

Magic is in the air. In fact, it's hidden all throughout Captive's Sound. Nadia's new home after leaving behind the hurtful memories of her mother's abandonment, and the only home Mateo's ever known, is shrouded by a darkness like they've never seen. Nadia has a connection to magic as a witch, so the moment her family drives through the barrier into Captive's Sound she knows something is off. Mateo is stuck in the middle, not knowing of magic, but dreaming the future and believing that he's set to go insane like all the Cabots before him. The two coming together along with the strangely dressed girl Verlaine, who seems to be forgotten by everyone around her, sets in motion a journey not one of them can deny.

Gray captures readers easily with her quiet, brave heroine and doomed hero. The mystery woven throughout the plot is addictive in it's ability to make readers believe in all impossibilities. While Spellcaster has a brilliant storyline and Gray has the skills to keep readers on their toes, there's something about the writing style that leaves you feeling a little left on the outside. The characters don't exactly pull you in and make you feel like you're in the thick of the action with them, taking evil head on or experiencing their personal battles. Nevertheless, it's an exciting beginning to the Spellcaster series that will leave readers eager to see what trouble Nadia, Mateo and Verlaine have unleashed in Captive's Sound.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061961205
Author:
Gray, Claudia
Publisher:
Harper Teen
Subject:
Horror & Ghost Stories
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Spellcaster
Publication Date:
20130331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 8
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 22.8 oz
Age Level:
from 13

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "High school senior Nadia Caldani is both the new girl in Captive's Sound and a powerful novice witch. Her father moved what's left of their family from Chicago to the depressed Rhode Island beach town after Nadia's mother, who is also a witch, deserted them. A near-tragic car accident sets in motion Nadia's relationship with the handsome but cursed Mateo Perez, and also alerts her witch sense that something strange lurks underneath Captive's Sound. Enter Verlaine, another outsider who quickly becomes Nadia's best friend, and Elizabeth Pike, an outwardly perfect girl who has her eye on Mateo. While Gray (the Evernight series) relies on a few too many paranormal clichés (two car-accident rescues, an overly broody star-crossed romance), she does a fine job of developing the good and evil witches around which her plot is built. The author's intricate portrayal of witchcraft — including its theories, rules, spells, and history — raises this novel a notch above others in the genre, and Nadia is an appealing heroine as she juggles personal pain and looming supernatural disaster. Ages 13 — up. Agent: Diana Fox, Fox Literary." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , A darkly enchanting series from New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray about a teenage witch who battles dark forces in her small town, perfect for fans of the Beautiful Creatures and Hex Hall series.

A boy cursed with visions that lead to madness. A girl granted the powers to save him.

As soon as Nadia arrives in Captive's Sound, she knows something is seriously wrong. The town is shrouded in dark magic, more powerful and complex than she has ever seen. Mateo has lived in Captive's Sound his entire life, trying to dodge the local legend that his family is "cursed" with insanity. When the mysterious girl he has been dreaming of every night appears (Nadia), he fears the curse may be true. But danger is coming, and Nadia and Mateo must work together to stop this unknown force before it destroys everything in its path.

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