Author: Claudia Gray
Published: March 5th 2013 by HarperTeen
Source: Copy sent by the publisher for an honest review
"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."
First line: "Before anything else, Nadia felt the chill."
Thoughts: Of all the paranormal genres out there, anything involving witches, magic, or both are my favorite. When I initially heard about SPELLCASTER, I knew I had to read as soon as possible. I adored Claudia Gray's Evernight series and had high hopes for this one. Did it meet my expectations? We shall see!
First off, the story is told in third person and through several characters' points of view. I'm normally a huge fan of multiple points of view, but I felt like there were too many in this book. I would have liked to see the author focus more on the heroine, her love interest and possibly one of the antagonists. Obviously, the main character is Nadia aka your not so Sabrina the teenage witch. She uses emotions and memories to conjure her magic, and it's of the darker variety. To be frank, I'm still not quite sure how I feel about Nadia. For the most part, I guess I enjoyed her character but thought she was lacking that badassness you often find in a female lead (especially of the witch variety). To me, she was a very bland character and often predictable in her actions. I would've liked to see her with more spice or possibly taken to a darker level. Basically, she just needed something a little more.
Now, onto Mateo. He's the main love interest and while he's good enough, he just wasn't what I would have liked to see. The romance moved too quickly for my taste and fell into the instalove category. I get that he sees Nadia in a vision and immediately falls for her, but isn't that more lust than love? I would have liked to see their relationship develop and grow rather than leap right in. Mateo was an interesting character though I must admit, he was not my favorite.
My favorite character in SPELLCASTER was the villain.
You heard me. I fell for the villain. This person is just pure evil and definitely outshines the rest of the characters. Talk about your malicious people! To me, half the fun in this novel is discovering who the villain will be and who will betray whom. While I will not reveal who this person is, I will say that it is GOOD!
Though I found this novel to be an overall good story, I didn't find it to be a great one. In some ways, I found the cover to be more interesting than the actual book. The plot progression was a little slow for my taste, however, I did find the writing to be lovely and well told. I still plan on reading the sequel, especially with the way SPELLCASTER ended, and do recommend that everyone at least gives it a try. Some people will love it and some people won't. I'm just fall somewhere in the middle.