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Spell Bound: A Novel (An Otherworld Novel Book 12) by [Armstrong, Kelley]
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"Armstrong keeps the focus on hip, impulsive and likable Savannah, building suspense with plenty of plot reversals and betrayals. Fans of the series won't want to miss what is clearly the first battle in an Otherworld war." ""--"Publishers Weekly"Praise for Waking the Witch: "Armstrong is quite deft at making Savannah simultaneously formidable, sympathetic and real.... A quick and fun read." "--The Miami Herald""Waking the Witch is a satisfying read that stands well on its own....Waking the Witch is a solid blend of fantasy and detective novel that both male and female readers will enjoy." "--The Great Geek Manual""From the Hardcover edition."

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"Armstrong keeps the focus on hip, impulsive and likable Savannah, building suspense with plenty of plot reversals and betrayals. Fans of the series won't want to miss what is clearly the first battle in an Otherworld war."
""--"Publishers Weekly"

Praise for Waking the Witch:

"Armstrong is quite deft at making Savannah simultaneously formidable, sympathetic and real.... A quick and fun read."
"--The Miami Herald

""Waking the Witch is a satisfying read that stands well on its own....Waking the Witch is a solid blend of fantasy and detective novel that both male and female readers will enjoy."
"--The Great Geek Manual"


"From the Hardcover edition."

Product Details

  • File Size: 757 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton; Reprint edition (July 26, 2011)
  • Publication Date: July 26, 2011
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004XFZ4EK
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Format: Hardcover
If you're familiar with Mrs. Armstrong's Otherworld series, you'll probably be in for a surprise. The first eleven books are self contained: they might leave a teaser at the end, but they finish up what they start.

This book reads like the beginning of a trilogy, and while still good it's rather disappointing that the main plot threads are unresolved. In fact, I'm not really positive than ANY plot threads were resolved in this book. Instead, it reads more like a character building book where the author gave Savannah a good kick in the butt towards maturity and self discovery, while the background is filled with conspiracy theories and baby steps towards fulfillment of a prophecy. We don't learn much about it - but we know there's trouble coming down the road. Unfortunately, none of that trouble takes place in this book and the 'action sequences' are few and far between. At least something happens with Adam and Savannah's relationship?

Overall, I liked the book. I liked getting to know Savannah better and all the hints at what's coming are intriguing. But this book also frustrated me. With a series this big, you come to expect that certain things won't change: every other book can be read by itself. It's a series in the same 'world' - not an extended plot arc. And that's what this book is - it gives you a taste of what will happen in the next book, but doesn't really do anything else.
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Format: Hardcover
At the end of Waking the Witch, Savannah lost her powers. In Spell Bound she is trying to come to terms with this, but really not succeeding. Her spells feel as important to her as breathing, so losing them was quite devastating. It doesn't help that trouble keeping coming up, putting her in situations that make her miss the lost firepower even more. It seems all supernatural are a target for some sort of nefarious scheme. While everyone else meets in the Cabel strong hold in Florida, Savannah and Adam are out on the front lines trying to get to the bottom of things. They'll need to get to the bottom of things quickly or run the risk of their world being forever changed.

At times while reading this I felt more as if I was reading a YA novel than an adult. It just didn't have the feel to it that Kelley Armstrong's other adult novels have. Perhaps it is because Savannah still seems so immature despite her age. She continually makes poor decisions, which in itself is not the issue. The problem is that she doesn't step up to the plate and admit her mistakes, she just runs off at the first sign of confrontation. She also threw several "temper tantrums" because things were not going her way. At one point in the book she talks about how she was always respectful and helpful whenever she visited the werewolves growing up, but was completely lazy and constantly disobeyed Paige and Lucas when she was home. It is obvious that she really cares for her guardians, so why treat them with less respect than the werewolves? Clay did seem to give her a wake up call in Spell Bound, so perhaps we will start to see some major progress in her behavior.

I am a very impatient person when it comes to relationship progression, so the issue with Savannah and Adam is driving me nuts.
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Format: Hardcover
Unlike the other reviewers, I have mixed feelings about the Otherworld books. Some are marvelous (Bitten & Stolen). Some are annoying (Dime Store Magic). Spell Bound is tepid.

I enjoyed WTW and was looking forward to concluding Savannah's adventures and Adam love-crush. Obviously I missed the memo that this was the 2nd book in a trilogy. The story could not hold my attention as Savannah and Adam scrambled from one difficult situation to another without any real direction or plot development. There were a few exciting segments that gave me hope for a good battle or sex scene or something! My hopes were unfulfilled.

As the story stumbled along, each Otherworld character from prior books made a brief (and contrived) appearance. Their background story would be explained in a paragraph or two. I would struggle to remember the character and then *poof* they would exit stage right, never to reappear. Needless to say, none of these "guest appearances" (I stopped counting at 16) added to the plot.

The ending was anticlimatic and ... not really an ending. The story just stopped. I kept examining the final pages to make sure I hadn't missed a crucial paragraph or two that would explain the meadering point of the story. Savannah was still without her powers. The "real" enemy was still unknown. The "real" threat was still undefined. It took 324 pages to get to one kiss and one additional page to confirm that this book was over and this aimless story would be continued......
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Today's review is on Spell Bound by Kelley Armstrong

Spell Bound is the 12th book in Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld series. What began as an instant favorite series for me has now become somewhat of a disappointment. Almost nothing that had made the series in the beginning has remained.

Spell Bound picks up just where Waking the Witch had left off, leaving Savannah and Adam to search for the reason behind the disappearance of her powers. However, that doesn't take center stage in this book. Something bigger and badder needs their attention. A war is coming. There is an uprising of Supe's who no longer want to hide in the shadows, which could cause trouble for everyone. Nothing, however was solved.

There were so many unanswered questions left at the ending, but what I felt was really missing was the developing of Savannah and Adam's relationship. I don't know what it is, but it seems that many of the authors that I have followed have lost the spark that they use to have. The racy love scenes have vanished making what was an adult series a bubble-gum series.

There is just one more scheduled installment in this series. I really hope it has more to offer the fans that have been there from the beginning.

3 of 5 stars
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