“Life hasn’t been easy on sixteen year old Emma Conner, so a new change in New York must be just the change she needs. But at the posh Upper East Side prep school she’s forced to attend , friendly faces are few and far between.”
Except for one that she’s irresistibly drawn to Brendan Salinger, the hottest guy she’s ever seen and the richest boy in school, who might just be her very own white knight.
But ever since Emma laid eyes on Brendan, strange things have been happening, Streetlamps go dark wherever she walks and Emma’s been having terrifying, intoxicating dreams. Visions of herself in past lives- visions that warn her to stay away from Brendan.
Now, when I started reading it I had imagined it to be the stereotypical typical teenage love story. Rich handsome boy, falls in love with a story and the romance etc etc but I was in for a shock. Though the story started quite normally I was left totally SPELLBOUND by the end of it. (Pun intended!!!)
The story revolves around the life of Emma Conner, a girl in her teens started her first day at her new school in New York, Vincent Academy. Her life hasn’t been easy . Her father left at a young age. Her twin brother died when she was 14 and her mom died of cancer at 15. Imagine losing your twin sibling and your mom. The loss is tremendous. Her stepfather is a drunkard and when he nearly killed her in a car accident due his peculiar style of driving she finally accepted her Aunt Christine’s offer to stay with her in New York.
Nervous, anxious (as everyone is on their first day) she entered her ‘ridiculously expensive private school’ with her cousin Ashley. Well her first day was not as she expected… A lot of things happened… In short she met her supposed soulmate (I mean it)Brendan and her enemy to be, Anthony. Now this Anthony is a rich kid and the kind of boy every school has, at least one. Emma described her as The National Geographic Channel documentaries about animals in African wild. I cannot agree more. His cheesy pick up lines were just EWWWWW!!!!!
Then she meets Brendan Salinger. The oh-so-perfect-boy… like everyone falls in love with him. Messy dark hair, green eyes and long black lashes… and looks totally like a rockstar… Moreover he backed up Emma’s lie that even though she did not know her and prevented her from being humiliated by Kristin, Emma’s classmate and maybe a blood relative of Regina George and a secret member of the Plastics. Okay.That was a joke but she was really annoying and hated Emma from their first meeting.
Emma then meets Angelique and she is a real witch!! She can sense people’s emotions and perform spells. And now the main story begins!
Emma and Brendan were linked to a curse. Many years ago a peasant named Gloriana was murdered for marrying Lord Archer of Anglaeon. He was devastated at his wife’s death and requested a witch to reunite him with is love. The witch was evil and cast a spell by which their souls were bound to a neverending cycle of reunion, romance and then tragedy, as their love would be cut short by her death.
The book was engaging and kept me hooked till the end. It is a romantic novel for teens however with a little twist. I personally loved reading it and would definitely recommend it to youngsters.