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Publisher: Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) Series: Spellbound Trilogy #1 Website: Author website Published: Feb 19 2012
and Charlene are twins with polar opposite personalities. Charlene is more
aggressive and snotty, and Graylee is the kinder one. And they’re witches, so
life is ever so slightly more complicated for them. One day Graylee goes to
sleep…and wakes up as her sister. Months before she went to sleep and
apparently died. A resurrection spell gone wrong has put her soul into
Charlene’s body. Now the two share the same body in twenty-four hour shifts.
Now Grey has to pretend to be her preppy sister and take all the drama she
never knew her sister was involved in. But there is more to her sister
Charlene, and it makes Graylee fear for her existence. With the help of the
bad-boy warlock and a few other magically inclined friends, Graylee struggles
to figure out her love life, how she died, and how to get out of her sister’s
The cover is wonderful and
it immediately drew me in. As I said before, everyone judges books by their
covers before they read the back blurb. It’s what we do. And Entangled has a beautiful cover. The
next two books have similar covers, and it looks like it is the same girl. I
might be wrong-the models might be different, I don’t know. But I like the
continuity. If you’re going to put a face to a character on a cover, make sure
when the sequels come out that the faces at least look alike. All three covers
My favourite character has to be
Raj. He comes off as a devilish little bad boy that you can’t help but crush
on. Yet he is kind of a jerk with his overly cool demeanor and his occasional
spell casting for less-than-good intentions. The truth to Raj’s incident in the
past is explained in less than a page. With all the build-up, I was expecting a
dramatic retelling of the incident that has caused him to be labeled as a
Adrian is a character that I
warmed up to eventually. At first, he seems like the typical con artist that
takes advantage of Raj. As the story unfurled I began to like him. He totally
changes and he becomes a loyal member of the group that I did not expect. He
really pulled through. His mentioning in the second book intrigues me as well.
The twins come to be interesting
with time. Charlene is clearly the evil twin, and Graylee is supposed to be the
good one. My complaint is that Graylee isn’t entirely good either. And it’s
more than she has a more realistic and complex personality. There is an
incident early on in the book where she retaliates against Raj. Homicidal much?
She has the same violent tendencies as Charlene. I am sure we are supposed to
believe that she would never ever
hurt him or anyone else, that she was just trying to scare him. Graylee is a
bit on the boring side. I feel like we did not get to know her personally. Or
she really just doesn’t have a personality. At least Charlene does. While she’s
the evil, snotty girl you hate in high school, she is not boring.
There are lots of sexual
moments in this book. They are not so bad, like Gray (as Charlene) speaking with
her friends about which boys are “doable” and which boys they have already
slept with. I say it’s not so bad because it is hallway banter that actually
does occur in real-life. There are no actual sex scenes, though at one
harrowing point it is implied.
ending was just way too abrupt. Everything goes back to normal, la la la. No.
Shouldn’t the antagonist be actually punished? Like, sent away, punished? And
Gray gets a new life and just…adapts? What about Raj? We finally see his
character development and nothing more is said. Does he go back to live with
his dad after the big reveal? I found out after I finished the book that it is
a trilogy, so there should be more about life after the ending of the first
book that should tie up my complaints.
The way the author writes is
particularly uninspired. I feel like this author is growing into her personal
writing voice still, as the first book has very little personality to it at
all. At times the author tries to give it some girlish flare that is popular
now and when it happens it is almost cringe worthy. However, I have to stress
that it isn’t bad writing. There just
isn’t a way to define her voice out of the sea of authors already published. I
would love to see her writing in the future to see if she has improved.
My biggest gripe happens in the
beginning of the novel. Charlene has threatened to commit suicide by jumping
off the roof of the school. Gray reminds her sister that the fall wouldn’t kill
her, but it would cripple her. Gray then proceeds to “walk around like a gimp”
to make Charlene laugh. I know a lot of people with physical disabilities, and
this left a terribly sour taste in my mouth and mind. If someone did this in
front of me, I’d probably make them cry by reminding them how bloody offensive
they are being. It’s not funny. I read the passage and seriously questioned if
I wanted to read the rest of the book.
it is an alright book. The characters of Raj and Adrian were what kept me
reading. The writing itself does not stand out to me, though I am interested in
seeing the author develop her own style in the series/other future books. And I
will be reading (eventually) the next two books in the series because of Raj
and Adrian. I would recommend this to the older YA range for the (implied)