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"A hard rock mix tape of minimum wage magic, dream girls, and that one jackass with his sword in your ribs."
It's 1986. But maybe not the same one you remember.
Quinn Sullivan, fresh from his first year of college, returns for yet another summer to the North Shore of Minnesota, working for minimum wage at an off-season ski resort.
A resort for wizards. Wizards like Quinn.
Like most "mages" his age, Quinn's got no car, no money, isn't keeping up on his spells, and wants desperately to get the girl. And not just any girl—Emma, a promising alchemist (and lover of rock music) who happens to be Quinn's best friend.
And entirely oblivious to his affections.
Don't worry. Quinn has a plan. Because if Emma wants to study alchemy abroad, she needs one of the rarest metaphysikal artifacts in existence: a solistone. And it costs a whole lot more than a summer's worth of paychecks. But if Quinn can just get his hands on one—even if he has to make it himself—maybe he'll get that chance to show Emma he's more than "just a buddy."
But where does a mage barely out of high school even begin?
Chock full of strange creatures, mystifying spells, small town mystery, and even a tour bus of old ladies, Quinn's quest is a quirky, summertime adventure with a fantasy twist that will make him wish “getting the girl” was his biggest problem.
I have a horrible time writing reviews without giving things away. So, I want to say this, I LOVED the story! When this book comes out this summer, you need to do yourself a favor and grab a copy, then thank me later. :)
The number one rule of thumb in writing is to "write what you know." It was very clear in just reading the first couple chapters that the author put a lot of himself, and his own world into this story, because his descriptions of the environment, the essence of the time, all of it helps to pull you into the story and hold you captive. This is the kind of writing that is often times missing from the paranormal genre. Everyone wants to go bigger, badder, sexier with their novels. Mikel brought it all back down to Earth, stripped away the flash and fanciness, and told the story with authentic characters (people you might actually know), amazing scenery, and a whole lot of heart. Of course, there's a whole lot of paranormal too! ;)
Okay, I've literally had to use the backspace key far too many times to avoid saying things I shouldn't about the story. Instead of ruining things for you, I am going to introduce you to the author of this fabulous book, and let you get a quick peek inside that brain of his.
This is Mikel Andrews!
Q: How long have you been working on Coming of Mage? and what inspired the story?
A: I started Mage about two years ago. It actually started as an entry for a short story contest, focusing on lampshading tropes of fantasy. Quests, mentors, sacred objects and all that. I abandoned the contest gimmicks but the original ideas stayed. And then I thought, Why don't I tackle angsty 80s flicks while I'm at it?
Inspiration definitely came from where I was living. I had just moved to the North Shore of Minnesota and just instantly fell in love. Suddenly I wanted every book I ever wrote to be set there. So peaceful and serene--an unusual destination for a city kid like myself. In a way, I was living a fish-out-of-water story and I wanted to tell that, but--everything's better with wizards, right?Trust me when I say, his love of the place shows in his writing. I've never had a reason to want to go to the North Shore until I read this book! It looked absolutely stunning as described in those pages.)
Q: The story is set in the 1980's, is there any particular reason you chose that time period?
A: Everyone asks this! Apparently 'duh' isn't a suitable answer, so here's the real lowdown: I love the 80s. I was born in them and grew up in them but I wish I could've really enjoyed them, you know? I dig all that retro stuff--cassette tapes, gaudy headphones, Ghostbusters--so maybe writing about the 80s is just my way of going back in time, a la Marty McFly.
Additionally, I have this firm belief that the best Young Adult adventures take place in the 80s. Whether it was the lack of technology or the adventuresome spirit, kids in the 80s really took matters into their own hands. If The Goonies happened today, Mikey would've just called somebody on his cell phone and Mouth would've Instagrammed the pirate ship. And don't get me started on Data...(He just preached to the choir a little bit! The Goonies is one of my all time Favorites.)
Q: I had to laugh when I read that Quinn's prized possession was an "Heroic Autobot Bumblebee" transformer, because I know of your love for all things Transformers from your Facebook/Twitter posts. Clearly, this is a part of yourself you put in the book, how much of yourself do you feel you actually put into the character of Quinn, or the other characters, for that matter?
A: Yeah, really, disclaimer: if you follow me on Twitter you will find out more than you ever wanted to know about Transformers.
Quinn and I are pretty much the same person. I don't have his powers (obviously) but I definitely have all his hang-ups. Likes, dislikes, Star Wars obsession--it's all there. Quinn lost his mother at the same age I lost mine--that was definitely a very real world emotion that I wanted to interject in this fantasy setting. You have all this power--all this life--but some things you can't change; and Quinn has to deal with that as much as I do. And, actually, the Transformer is a nod to the last Christmas present my mom gave me before she passed away: a little yellow Transformer which is still the pride of my collection.
Q: While we're talking a little about Transformers, what are your thoughts on the 4th movie installment coming out?
A: The only bad Transformer movie is the one that doesn't get made. I say bring it on. The storylines are a little weak in the movies but, at the end of the day, it's still cars turning into robots up on the screen. Can't you really go wrong with that?
(Nope, can't argue with you there.)
Q: If you were a character in your story, what abilities would you have? Would you be a Mage? have an affinity for Alchemy?
A: You know, Alchemy is so awesome and I had a lot of fun thinking up spells for Quinn to learn, but I really got into Tristan's character--the magus. A magus is like the middle of the spectrum between a mage and an alchemist. They have a little more power than an alchemist, but not quite a mage, and they can only manipulate their element (which in Tristan's case is plants.) I think being a magus would be the safest bet for me--I need limits!
Q: If you could be given the choice to live your current reality or within the world you created for Coming of Mage, which would you chose and why?
A: Uh, have magic powers in the 80s? Gee, let me think. In all seriousness, though, I think I have a pretty good thing going on in this reality. I might like to visit Quinn, but his world is bound to have some hardships. It's not dystopian or anything, but I can imagine some real big problems arising in a world where the prejudice stems from what kind of magic you use.
Q: Coming of Mage will be available this summer, what do you have planned after its release (future books, etc)?
A: You know, I have some fun events in the pipeline--that's the best part about writing a YA fantasy, right? I get to do the really out-there creative stuff. I bet John Grisham doesn't get to have "Magic Rock Painting" stands at his book signings. As far as the books go, if Mage is a hit--fingers crossed!--I definitely have some sequels planned. Mage is essentially Quinn's memoir of an unforgettable summer, but that's really a microcosm of the world he lives in. The sequels will deal with the road ahead of Quinn, not his Memory Lane. After all, nobody escapes a summer like his without consequences.
(Well, now, I am super excited for the future!)
Q: What type of books do you like to read, and which authors inspire you and your writing? How do they inspire you (imagination, technique, etc)?
A: 'You are what you eat' is also really true with books. Not that I eat books, that'd be weird, but I think you get where I'm going with this. I'm constantly scouring the shelves for really inventive YA and Middle Grade books. I think there's something really unique in a genre that you can use to teach life lessons but also have these over-the-top settings. Too cool. And the more paranormal the better.
Consistently, though, I find myself reading Matthew Stover and Joe Meno. They're definitely not YA, but they each have a really unique voice in storytelling. I read Dean Koontz because the flow and pacing of his novels borders on miraculous. Jeffery Deaver I study for plot twists. And--this may shock you--I read a crazy amount of Star Wars novels.
(Star Wars you say? No way, really? hahaha)
Q: What is the most exciting thing that has happened to you as a result of your writing career, thus far?
A: The easy answer of course is to say the "actually being published" part. When I was in college, I knew I would be published. Arrogantly so. But after I graduated and accepted my position as 'Head Ice Cream Scooper' at a popular ice cream franchise, I started to have my doubts. It's nice to feel believed in again.
But here and now in the thick of it, the most exciting thing is thinking that people in the world that I don't even know are going to be reading my book. As a writer, everyone you show your work to in the early years is someone close to you in some way--so how do you know if you're really doing a good job? It's hard to talk pacing with your grandma when she's thought of you as a superhero since the day you were born.
Having said that, I am super excited for my grandma to read my book. She never doubted.
Q: What is the most important lesson you have learned during the writing process?
A: Humility. Not every idea you have is gold. Story and character has to come first. Use that Cut/Paste function; just because you don't use it now, doesn't mean you can't use it somewhere else later.
Q: If you weren't a writer, and you could make a living at any job you wanted, what would your dream job be?
A: Oh, man, the dream job question. Luckily, I've prepared for this. Again, I hope your sitting down for this revelation: I would design Transformers. How I relax is drawing Transformers and making sure all the parts have somewhere to go. Form follows function. Like when a kid draws me a Transformers picture, I have to fight the urge to be, like, Yeah, right, where did that arm come from? I get pretty into it.
I also met a guy on Twitter who was a 'Brand Guardian' for Transformers at Hasbro. Made sure the integrity of the Transformers was being carried throughout the new shows, toys, etc. That would be a cool job.
And if Paranormal Investigation was more lucrative, I'd be all over it.
Q: Just for Fun - You're being taken to a desert island where you must learn to survive on your own for a certain length of time before you can come back to civilization. Aside from the clothes you are wearing, you are given the option to chose 3 items to bring with you to either aid in your survival or offer sentimental comfort. What would you bring?
A: Uh, you know I moved to extreme northern Minnesota, right? That's pretty much how it went down! But I suppose I would bring a samurai sword, my little yellow Transformer, and a copy of James and the Giant Peach.I want to thank Mikel Andrews for taking the time to answer a few questions. I hope everyone enjoyed getting to know him a little better. His book, Coming of Mage, is set for release in June 2013 by Northstar Press.For more info about Mikel and his book check out these links:Coming of Mage on Facebook
Mikel on Facebook
Mikel on Twitter
Book Blurb: DECEMBER 21, 2012 Will that fateful day destroy our world, or did the Mayans have something else in mind?
Maya Delaney knows. Unfortunately.
Maya Delaney is just an average sixteen-year- old. She’s busy dealing with exams, her soon to be ex-boyfriend and fitting in. But Maya’s got bigger problems. She’s hiding a major secret from her dad and having strange visions she can’t control. In her struggle to figure out who she is, she learns that she is meant to fulfill an ancient Mayan Prophesy and bring forth a New Age on earth. Will the spirit magic Maya wields be enough to defeat Toltec, an evil society bent on keeping her from her destiny? Or will that destiny destroy her?
Great read for young adult paranormal book lovers!
Jaguar Sun was a unique story that had a refreshingly new take on the shapeshifter phenomena. Bourke wraps the 2012 end of times predictions, Mayan calendar, and some pretty cool mythology together into a modern coming of age tale.
Jaguar Sun was a fantastic YA paranormal read. My only complaint about the book was that it seemed a bit rushed. I would have liked a few more details in the sometimes hurried plot. That being said, it was still a phenomenal book. I definitely look forward to reading more from the author and the series.
For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can’t seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human… until the cold makes him shift back again.
Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It’s her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human—or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.
I read a lot, and I review. In reviewing I toss around terms and genres that everyone can grasp like, "paranormal," "fantasy," "adventure," and the term I've used most this year, "paranormal romance." Shiver, upon reading the back of the book, is what I would have labeled a young adult, paranormal romance. However, after finishing the novel, I don't see how it could be described as anything but a love story.
The book is alternately told through Sam and Grace's first person perspectives. The alternating views give the reader glimpses of each of their individual worlds, and their inner most workings. Which makes the emotion presented that much more poignant. Especially considering the special circumstances surrounding the characters.
Shiver was a beautiful love story, plain and simple. I definitely recommend it to readers of the YA Paranormal genre, and I will personally be diving into the pages of the next books in the series, linger and forever, very soon.
For more information on the series or the author, Maggie Stievfvater, check out her website:The Wolves of Mercy Falls Also find out more about the author and her other books on her website.
Scout Donovan is a girl who believes in rules, logic, and her lifelong love of Charlie Hagan. Alex Cole believes in destiny, magic, and Scout. When Alex introduces Scout to the world of Shifters, men who change into wolves or coyotes during the full moon and Seers, women who can see your most private thoughts and emotions with a mere touch, the knowledge changes everything and everyone Scout thought she knew.
Destiny Binds was a fantastic YA Paranormal read. I have been made aware that it is to be the first in a trilogy, which is good because I was left with a lot of questions in the end.
While I was left with questions, it should be known that this book could still be a stand alone. It has a definitive end to it. I absolutely loved the story and the reality of it (I know paranormal and reality don't go hand in hand - bear with me)as it's rare to find an author willing to stray from the happily ever afters. Perhaps there is a happily ever after waiting at the end of the trilogy, just not at the end of this book.
That being said, it was worth reading every single page! The characters were endearing, and the plot intriguing. I can't wait to have my questions answered, and to find out how things will eventually turn out. I find myself torn about what I am hoping for with the future of this series. That in itself is the hallmark of a really good story. The author pulled me in and now I don't want to let go!
Meghan Chase has a secret destiny; one she could never have imagined.
Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan's life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school or at home.
When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she's known is about to change.
But she could never have guessed the truth - that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she'll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face; and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.
The series, overall, gets a 5-Star review.
The Iron King, for me, started out as a cross between The Labyrinth and The Never Ending Story. I honestly wasn't sure I would like it because of that. I am VERY happy that I stuck with it though as it quickly grew into a story all it's own. Kagawa did a fantastic job describing the settings, and the story came together in my mind as if I were watching it play out on the big screen. Frame after frame came alive in fluid motion as the characters of the book struggled with their quest and learned more about themselves and one another.
The Iron Fey series captivated me and upon reading the first book in the series I went ahead and bought the rest, because I knew I wouldn't be able to stop reading until the end.
Meghan Chase used to be an ordinary girl...until she discovered that she is really a faery princess. After escaping from the clutches of the deadly Iron fey, Meghan must follow through on her promise to return to the equally dangerous Winter Court with her forbidden love, Prince Ash. But first, Meghan has one request: that they visit Puck--Meghan's best friend and servant of her father, King Oberon--who was gravely injured defending Meghan from the Iron Fey.
Yet Meghan and Ash's detour does not go unnoticed. They have caught the attention of an ancient, powerful hunter--a foe that even Ash may not be able to defeat....
An eBook exclusive story from Julie Kagawa's Iron Fey series.
I know there are readers out there who still shun e-books, but you will absolutely hate yourself for not going to check out the e-book exclusive content that is Winter's Passage. It takes place in the time between The Iron King and The Iron Daughter. I'm warning you here, you don't want to miss out on these little tidbits.
Half Summer faery princess, half human, Meghan has never fit in anywhere. Deserted by the Winter prince she thought loved her, she is prisoner to the Winter faery queen. As war looms between Summer and Winter, Meghan knows that the real danger comes from the Iron fey—ironbound faeries that only she and her absent prince have seen. But no one believes her.Worse, Meghan's own fey powers have been cut off. She's stuck in Faery with only her wits for help. Trusting anyone would be foolish. Trusting a seeming traitor could be deadly. But even as she grows a backbone of iron, Meghan can't help but hear the whispers of longing in her all-too-human heart.
I was immediately drawn back into the series and left breathless with each chapter. The imagination that went into the creation of this world, the characters inhabiting it, and the amazing adventures that were had was astounding. Once I finished this book I immediately dipped right into the next, because I had to know... how it would all end.
My name is Meghan Chase.I thought it was over. That my time with the fey, the impossible choices I had to make, the sacrifices of those I loved, was behind me. But a storm is approaching, an army of Iron fey that will drag me back, kicking and screaming. Drag me away from the banished prince who's sworn to stand by my side. Drag me into the core of conflict so powerful, I'm not sure anyone can survive it.
This time, there will be no turning back.
This series was supposed to end here, with the Iron Queen...
I LOVED this book, but I am so thankful that the author/publisher chose to continue on.
Let me just say, I had to grab some tissue for this installment of The Iron Fey series, so be prepared. You have been warned. I was seriously heartbroken by the end, and no, I won't spoil it and tell you why. Kagawa proved she could elicit a great deal of emotion with her writing. She already had me laughing, sitting back and worrying for the characters, but with The Iron Queen, she had my heart breaking for them. I love a book that can take me on that kind of journey and leave me so invested in the characters, that I simply can't help but feel their plight.
I couldn't put this book down once I started, nor could I stop there when I hit the last page. I honestly don't think I got a whole lot of sleep after this book because I just dove right into Summer's Crossing from here, hoping to find out... well, read the damn books and you'll see what I was hoping to find out! ;)
Now Ash has granted one favor too many and someone's come to collect, forcing the prince to a place he cannot go without Puck's help—into the heart of the Summer Court. And Puck faces the ultimate choice—betray Ash and possibly win the girl they both love, or help his former friend turned bitter enemy pull off a deception that no true faery prankster could possibly resist.
An ebook exclusive novella from Julie Kagawa's Iron Fey series.A Midsummer's Nightmare? Robin Goodfellow. Puck. Summer Court prankster, King Oberon's right hand, bane of many a faery queen's existence—and secret friend to Prince Ash of the Winter Court. Until one girl's death came between them, and another girl stole both their hearts.
Summer's Crossing was another e-book exclusive, and a must read. While the mini-books aren't necessary for the overall story, you really are missing out if you choose not to read them.
Ash, former prince of the Winter Court, gave up everything. His title, his home, even his vow of loyalty. All for a girl… and all for nothing.
Unless he can earn a soul.
To cold, emotionless faery prince Ash, love was a weakness for mortals and fools. His own love had died a horrible death, killing any gentler feelings the Winter prince might have had. Or so he thought.
Then Meghan Chase—a half human, half fey slip of a girl— smashed through his barricades, binding him to her irrevocably with his oath to be her knight. And when all of Faery nearly fell to the Iron fey, she severed their bond to save his life. Meghan is now the Iron Queen, ruler of a realm where no Winter or Summer fey can survive.
With the (unwelcome) company of his archrival, Summer Court prankster Puck, and the infuriating cait sith Grimalkin, Ash begins a journey he is bound to see through to its end— a quest to find a way to honor his solemn vow to stand by Meghan’s side.
To survive in the Iron realm, Ash must have a soul and a mortal body. But the tests he must face to earn these things are impossible. At least, no one has ever passed to tell the tale.
And then Ash learns something that changes everything. A truth that turns reality upside down, challenges his darkest beliefs and shows him that, sometimes, it takes more than courage to make the ultimate sacrifice.
The absolutely perfect ending to this Faerie Tale! I was so enamored with the characters, the setting (a character in its own right), and the story line. You will not be disappointed when you get to the end of this book, this series. If my recommendation doesn't send you out to grab copies of this fantastic fantasy adventure, maybe the trailer for the final installment will help convince you... Enjoy!
The Iron Fey Series is published by Harlequin Teen. Be sure to check out some of the other fabulous books that they have available! I've previously reviewed Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz and I will be reviewing The Soul Screamers series very soon.
You can also find out more about Julie Kagawa and her books on her website, or check out The Iron Fey website.
When fifteen-year-old Jacob Lau is pulled from the crumpled remains of his mother's car, no one can explain why he was driving or why the police can't find his mother's body. A beautiful and mysterious neighbor offers to use her unique abilities to help him find his mom. But in exchange she requires Jacob to train as a Soulkeeper, a protector of human souls. He agrees to her demands, desperate for any clue to the mystery of his mother's disappearance. But soon Jacob finds himself trapped in a web of half-truths, and questions her motives for helping him.
This is definitely a series I will be able to get into. The Soulkeepers had a great cast, rich settings, and a very interesting story line. To top it off, it was also very well written. I think the crowning achievement for this book was the fact that it was told from a male perspective. It was a refreshing change of pace from all the other YA Paranormals out there who focus on the girls instead.
I highly recommend The Soulkeepers to YA Paranormal fans. You won't be disappointed.
Don't miss WEAVING DESTINY, Book 2 in The Soulkeepers Series, available now!
Find other awesome young adult novels at DarkSide Publishing, www.darksidepublishing.com, from authors Karly Kirkpatrick, Megg Jensen, and Angela Carlie.
The year is 2032, sixteen years after a deadly virus—and the vaccine intended to protect against it—wiped out most of the earth’s population. The night before eighteen-year-old Eve’s graduation from her all-girls school she discovers what really happens to new graduates, and the horrifying fate that awaits her.
Fleeing the only home she’s ever known, Eve sets off on a long, treacherous journey, searching for a place she can survive. Along the way she encounters Caleb, a rough, rebellious boy living in the wild. Separated from men her whole life, Eve has been taught to fear them, but Caleb slowly wins her trust...and her heart. He promises to protect her, but when soldiers begin hunting them, Eve must choose between true love and her life.
I definitely connected with the characters and their plight in the wake of a crazy killer virus and its aftermath. The world was a brutal one where beauty was found in stolen moments between the harsh realities that crept up around every corner. Carey definitely did a fantastic job conveying the emotions, the setting of the time, and the desperation that revolved around the main character. Despite my not being thrilled with the ending, the book was definitely worth the read.
While eve was superbly written, and a tragically beautiful story, I was left wanting. I understand that eve is to be part of a trilogy, so I look forward to finding out where the story will eventually take the characters.
To find out more about the trilogy check out the The Eve Trilogy website,
When sixteen-year-old Jensen Meadows finds herself caught in the middle of an ancient faerie war, she soon learns that faeries aren't made of sparkly goodness. They're vicious. And worse, they're after her. With the help of Liam Casey, she delves into their world to find her missing sister and begins to suspect that her whole life has been nothing more than a faerie tale.
But maybe some truths should never be revealed...
5-Stars for the Shimmer Trilogy
Being that Shimmerspell is a novella it was a quick read, but highly entertaining. I love the detail that the author put into the world of the Fae and its inhabitants. Upon finishing the book I had to go grab the next two in the trilogy.
YA-Paranormal enthusiasts and Faerie/Fairy lovers everywhere will enjoy this story.
Jensen hoped she’d never need Shimmerspell again, but now someone is stalking her, someone who claims to be the Lady of the Lake. To make matters worse, witches and dragons have come out to play. And Jensen must figure out how to harness her power and accept her destiny before she ends up losing everyone she loves.
limerick did its job. The characters, the settings, and the story line were all just as alluring as the first with a promise of greater things to come in the final installment. Spencer's writing style pulls you in and refuses to let go. If you haven't already gone out and grabbed a copy of Shimmerspell, do yourself a favor and make sure you get all three books from the start. :)
Now that Jensen's dirty little secret is out, the King of the Seelie Court has ordered her capture. So if she wants to remain the master of her destiny, she must place her trust in an unexpected ally and do the one thing no one else has done before—locate Merlin's bones. Because in the game of Light versus Dark, whoever controls his bones, controls the fate of the Summer Kingdom.
oathbound, the final installment in the Shimmer Trilogy, wrapped everything up perfectly. That said, I feel like I am having to let go of an addiction. It's hard to walk away from the world the author created, the characters that she so lovingly nurtured, and the words that seemed to spring forth from the pages of their own will. I definitely look forward to reading more from Kimberly Spencer. She is a very talented author, and definitely one to keep your eyes on in the future.
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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.
Spellbound was a beautiful tale of tragic love and selfishness, redemption and selflessness all in one well written little package. This is probably the 4th young adult story I have read, this month alone, that deals with love through lifetimes, soul mates, and reincarnation. Despite the fact that I have read so many with similar themes, this story had a very fresh take on things. It was a fast paced read that I finished in a few hours (I devour well written fiction - sometimes too quickly for my own good).
Spellbound was yet another fantastic YA paranormal romance that I highly recommend to readers of the genre. I already added the follow up to Spellbound to my TBR list for 2012. I can't wait to see what Shultz does with the next story.