I received this book for free from HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Spellcaster by Claudia Gray
Published by HarperCollins
Publication Date: March 5th 2013
Genres: Horror & Ghost Stories, Young Adult
When Nadia’s family moves to Captive’s Sound, she instantly realizes there’s more to it than meets the eye. Descended from witches, Nadia senses a dark and powerful magic at work in her new town. Mateo has lived in Captive’s Sound his entire life, trying to dodge the local legend that his family is cursed - and that curse will cause him to believe he’s seeing the future … until it drives him mad. When the strange dreams Mateo has been having of rescuing a beautiful girl—Nadia—from a car accident come true, he knows he’s doomed.
Despite the forces pulling them apart, Nadia and Mateo must work together to break the chains of his family’s terrible curse, and to prevent a disaster that threatens the lives of everyone around them. Shimmering with magic and mystery, New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray’s new novel is sure to draw fans of the Hex Hall and Caster Chronicles series, and fans of the hit CW TV show The Secret Circle.
First things first. I loved this book. I’m not exaggerating either. I’m such a sucker for a book about witches. Halloween is my favorite holiday–strange, I know–so when I won an ARC of SPELLCASTER on Goodreads, I was so thrilled! I’ll admit, before I even cracked the book open, I had already put this on a high pedestal. My mind was swimming with possibilities and expectations. Claudia Gray certainly delivered! I was drawn in from the very first chapter. Ms. Gray has completely revamped the rules and history of witchcraft into something that makes you eager to learn more.
This book follows Nadia, a teenage witch, on the move of a lifetime to a small town called Captive’s Sound. Immediately upon entering, Nadia can sense that there is some sort of magic that has its roots in the town, leaving her family in a terrible accident. Enter Mateo, a boy who appears out of nowhere, that rescues her from the damage. Nadia is drawn to Mateo but what she doesn’t realize is that he is under a curse…a curse that causes him to dream of her dying. After a chance meeting with a strange girl, Verlaine, that nobody pays any attention to, Nadia and Verlaine make a plan to figure out who is using black, evil magic to destroy Captive’s Sound. Even though he thinks that he will ultimately be Nadia’s destruction, Mateo teams up with the two girls to help them take down the one person who is set out to destroy everyone and everything.
An intense, nerve wracking, suspenseful, and enjoyable read, Claudia Gray’s SPELLCASTER is one you will not be able to put down. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story. The setting, characters, and mystery caught me from the very beginning and never let me go, much like some of the magic found in the book. I never once got bored with the story line and the cliff hanger at the end is going to kill me. I can’t wait until the second book comes out! You get to experience the story from multiple character point of views. I saw that this bothered some people and caused some confusion, I found the opposite to be true. Each time the character perspective changed, Ms. Gray made sure to identify what character we were focusing on by mentioning their name in the first sentence. For example at the beginning of Chapter 5: “Verlaine flattened herself against the wall, where she was hidden by the lockers.”* This means that we are now focusing on Verlaine’s point of view. See, it was very easy to follow along! I thought being able to see multiple perspectives enhanced the story and allowed us to understand what each major character was going through, as they all were completely different from one another.
If you love witchcraft, evil, curses, suspense, friendship, and a budding romance, this book is definitely for you. The plot was fantastic. The world building was impeccable. The characters were perfect and easy to fall in love with, or hate with a passion (did I mention there was evil going on in Captive’s Sound?!). If this becomes a motion picture, I call the role of Nadia! Or Verlaine–I just love her quirkiness!
I would like to thank HarperTeen, Claudia Gray, and Goodreads for hosting the ARC giveaway!
Overall Rating: 4.5 stars (out of 5)
This book is getting released TOMORROW (MARCH 5TH). Go buy it!!
*quotes are taken from the uncorrected proof