08 April 2013

{Book Review} Spellcaster

By: Me My Shelf And I | 08 April 2013 at 11:18 AM | | | | | | | | | |

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Spellcaster #1
Author: Claudia Gray
Pages: 370
Release Date: March 5th 2013
Publisher: HarperTeen
Rating 3 Birds

When Nadia’s family moves to Captive’s Sound, she instantly realizes there’s more to it than meets the eye. Descended from witches, Nadia senses a dark and powerful magic at work in her new town. Mateo has lived in Captive’s Sound his entire life, trying to dodge the local legend that his family is cursed - and that curse will cause him to believe he’s seeing the future … until it drives him mad. When the strange dreams Mateo has been having of rescuing a beautiful girl—Nadia—from a car accident 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 family’s terrible curse, and to prevent a disaster that threatens the lives of everyone around them. Shimmering with magic and mystery, New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray’s new novel is sure to draw fans of the Hex Hall and Caster Chronicles series, and fans of the hit CW TV show The Secret Circle.

I never had the chance to read Claudia’s first books, The Evernight series. By the time I started blogging all the books ahead of me took over, and going back wasn’t something I had time for. I have always been really upset about this, because I have had the opportunity to meet Claudia Gray, and just loved her wit and personality. I knew it would be there in her books as well.

Fast Forward 2 years, and she releases the first book in the Spellcaster series. I’m thrilled to bits I finally got to jump into a Claudia Gray book.

The first chapter is jammed packed with action, you are dropped right into a fast moving story from the jump. I love when books do this. I’m not spending 3 chapters learning things about the characters that can be placed through out the novel, and it helps me connect with them more, if I’m being honest. I mean really, when you suffer a trauma with a character, you attach faster. It’s scientifically proven (okay, maybe not scientifically…but you know I’m right) Put that trauma in the first few pages, and you are geared up even more for what’s to come.

And what is to come with SPELLCASTER? Well it’s definitely the book for fans of witch books. While, it felt a little familiar and predictable for my taste, I have no doubts that Mateo’s family curse and Nadia’s journey learning the craft her mother took with her when she left, will keep you captivated and invested.

I will certainly give book two in the SPELLCASTER series a shot, and see if getting further into the story line has me feeling more “in” the book than I did with the first. If you’ve read the book I would love to hear your take on things? Were you on the edge of your seat a lot? What were some of your favorite things about this new series?





  1. Thanks for the great review! I see this one all the time and keep getting drawn to it but never pick it up. But i think you gave me the push I needed :)


  2. Good review. I'd like to read this one as well :)


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