Spellbound Paperback – August 8, 2019
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Anyways, 3.5 stars rounded up to 4. It's a quick read and it temporarily pulled me out of reality. Exactly what I was looking for. So it did its job
Spellbound tells the story of Rose, a young girl who wants to explore the world outside of the greenhouse she lives in. Unfortunately, she was born with a curse that would kill her if she wasn’t near the roses that are keeping her alive. Throwing caution to the wind, Rose decides to run away from home but the curse prevents her from getting too far. It’s here where she meets a man named Gabriel, who saves her life by taking her back home to the greenhouse. The two form an unlikely bond as Gabriel expresses interest in figuring out the nature of Rose’s curse and if there’s even a cure for her. There’s more to the story, but that would be getting into spoiler territory.
+ The story was well paced, with likable protagonists that I grew attached to and I was emotionally invested in seeing their story through to the end.
+ Chapters are typically 3-5 pages long, making it perfect for reading during lunch breaks.
- The ending felt very rushed. As soon as a big twist in the story was revealed, the whole conflict was resolved in just 6 pages.
Spellbound is an enjoyable YA fantasy story. Author Julia Goldhirsh definitely wears her influences on her sleeve while offering her own unique twists to well-worn fairy tale tropes. The ending implies that this won’t be the last time we’ll be reading about Rose and Gabriel, and I’m interested in seeing what comes next.
That being said, the cover is amazing, the fight scene spectacular, and the descriptions vivid. I do feel the characters are meaner to each other than they need to be and if they really like each other they certainly dont act like it. All in all not a bad read.