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Beautifully Broken Paperback – June 29, 2011
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Insert magic with a twist of "Charmed," and this pop culture read was seriously fun and entertaining.
Shiloh has it pretty tough. She has an estranged relationship with her mom, and no one to confide in about the strange things that are happening to her. When Evans, an older father figure became her mentor, it was just like Buffy and Giles. And Shiloh and Trent's relationship was steamy to the max. I just loved their banter and physical attraction. Major swoon. It definitely makes me want to read the next installment. --YA Bound Reviews, Aug 8, 2011
Sherry Soule is not scared to jump right into the action!
BEAUTIFULLY BROKEN is an intriguing book with a great twist on the popular paranormal theme. Shiloh's internal dialog kept me laughing out loud and I'm sure it's something my teen will be able to relate to. I can't wait to see if, and how, Shiloh fulfills her destiny. --The Romance Reviews, Aug 3, 2011
Thrilling and intense. This book reminds me of a scary movie that you are watching and you are shouting at the main character: "DON'T LOOK BEHIND THAT DOOR!" A real page-turner. You never know what is going to happen next. I love that it was so unpredictable. The Spellbound Series is one that I am anxiously awaiting the next book! --Young Adult Book Reviews, July 11,2011
Fun, scary, and very engaging, this is a book you are going to want to read! As soon as I started this book, I knew I loved it. Drawn in by amazing writing, I fell right into the story. What I like most about this book is the great plot line. I love small towns that hold secrets just waiting to be unfolded. Not to mention that the main character is a witch. I really like that towards the end, it exploded in front of you with all the secrets exposed and action going on. An engaging and intriguing book! --Books with Bite, Aug 12, 2011
The story was written well, and the main character had a great voice.
The small town, Whispering Pines, had a dark history full of magic, ghosts, and people disappearing. Many of the people and places seemed to me to have something to hide.I did laugh a few times at her snarky attitude, loved when she thought, "cryptic much?" Because I was thinking the same thing.
The characters had rich histories, and the house of Ravenhurst was a quite a character itself. It was a bit darker than most YA I have read, but then again, as a mother of teens, I think they would like that. --Authors by Authors Reviews, Sept 5, 2011
From the Author
Charmed Chronicles reading order:
WITCHY WICKEDNESS (book one)
SHADOWY SECRETS (book two)
MOONLIGHT MAYHEM (book three)
RECKLESS REVENGE (book four)
DESTINY DISRUPTED (book five)
HEARTBROKEN HEXES (book six)
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But I think what stood out to me most was the author's immense talent for description. I found myself rereading paragraphs just to absorb the beauty of her word choice. Sherry Soule creates a vivid picture for the reader and cranks up the tension.
Upon completion of this book, I ordered the sequel the following morning. Moonlight Mayhem is now staring at me from my bedside table. The Spellbound series is one not to be missed!!
In the beginning Shiloh does not know she is a heritage witch. She sees shadows, shades and just creepy ghosts who seem to haunt her everywhere she goes. Her parents are very secretive and don't want some of her family around her. Towards the end of the school year she takes a summer job at the Ravenhurst manor, which is also the local haunted house. She gets to be part of the renovation project which she loves because she dreams of becoming an architect. The night of the interview she finds out the new hot guy in town lives there, Trent Donavon. This makes her want the job even more.
To stay with creepy, there is a ghost who seems to need Shiloh's help and a demon who just wants her soul. And lets not forget the mystical disappearance of local teens.
I really enjoyed reading this book. If you read my reviews you know I love romance in a book. Well this one has paranormal romance going on. I loved how Shiloh and Trent's relationship progressed, it was sweet and mysterious. I liked how they were just normal teenagers when they were hanging out even though they both have dark secrets.
At times the book was a bit creepy but that is what makes it more enjoyable. There is a lot going on in this one. The story progressed at a good pace with romance, mystery, suspense and lots of paranormal activity going on. The characters are realistic and likeable. I really liked it and will definitely be continuing with this series.
This book was provided to me by the author for review. This did not affect my review in any way.
Shiloh, known as the town "weirdo", is from a long line of heritage witches but has no idea. She knows she can do some odd things but is not clued in to her powers. The town she lives in, Whispering Pines, is thought to be cursed and the town eye sore Ravenhurst Mansion is thought to be haunted. When sexy Trent Donovan, whose lives in Ravenhurst Mansion, moves back to town, Shiloh is smitten with love at first sight. After answering an add for a summer job at the haunted mansion, Shiloh meets Trent's uncle Evans, who knows she has powers and becomes her mentor. There is a dark evil lurking in the mansion is being blamed for the disappearance of some of the town's teens. It is up to Shiloh to save herself and her friends from being added to the list of those missing, the figure out how to rid the town of it's curse, and defeat the evil residing there.
At first I was getting kind of annoyed with the back and forth between Shiloh and Trent and her "does he like me or not" thoughts. I kept thinking how many times does he have to tell you he likes you??? Then I thought back to my teenage years and was able to understand where Shiloh was coming from. The first few chapters were a little redundant. For example, lots of repeating about Shiloh not seeing her grandparents or aunt since her tenth birthday party and why. But about half way through the story really started rolling. I especially enjoyed the last 100 or so pages. By that point I was already wanting to jump right into book two that is not even out yet!). I think the characters played out perfectly. There were plenty of surprises throughout that gave me quite a shock, and I love that in a story. I think not only Sherry Soule but her Spellbound series have a lot of potential and cannot wait to read more. I am excited for book two as the end left some unfinished business. A great YA paranormal read that I highly recommend!