The Figment Review: “Spellcaster” by Cara Lynn Schultz

After Emma O’Connor breaks her centuries-long curse of fated love with her soul mate Brendan, she thinks a blissful, happy ending is sure to come. But you know the saying: all good things must come to an end.

The sequel to Spellbound by Cara Lynn Schultz, Spellcaster picks up the story of Emma and Connor with a quick and witty start. I love the humor in the story; it’s full of exactly the sorts of jokes my friends and I tell. Initially, things seem happy and too good to be true—but Schultz is just luring you into a false sense of security before everything is ripped out from under Emma and Brendan.

Emma’s best friend (and born witch) Angelique helps Emma practice her spells every day after school. But one day, as they’re practicing their divination, all of Emma’s salt turns black. This bad omen appears with a speck of red . . . which symbolizes the love she has for Brendan. This is the start of trouble for Emma and Brendan.

Emma and Brendan must battle a whirlwind of obstacles to protect their love.Their peers at Vince Academy are still reeling from the drama of Anthony, their crazy classmate, trying to kill Emma just a month ago. But there have been more attacks in recent months, and Emma and Brendan are beginning think that students from Vince Academy are behind these as well.

The story starts out a little gushy, with lots of romance between Emma and Brendan, which I expected. I enjoyed the plot, but after such a riveting and scary story in Spellbound it was a little hard to match the suspense. Schultz does a great job of making relatable, funny characters while incorporating extreme traits like Brendan’s super-hotness and Emma and Angelique’s magic. I recommend this series for female lovers of magic and cute boys, with a little mystery on the side.

Maggie Martin is a teen fiction writer who lives in Iowa. Music inspires pretty much every aspect of her life, so naturally she’s a band geek that lives and breathes music.  Seriously.

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