Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf
I'm Melissa and live in central Jersey with my fiance and two cats-16 year old Milo and 5 year old Piper. I fell in love with books at an early age and love to curl up with a cup of tea, my cat and almost anything printed that I can lay my hands upon. I love all genres except Horror and will read almost anything that catches my interest.
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on Feb. 24, 2012
I flew through this novel at record pace. The writing flowed easily, the characters were all quite likable and believable and I found the premise to be interesting and unique. I have to admit that I was quite pleasantly surprised by this one. I wondered how I would relate to such young characters but I needn't have feared. Sam is wise beyond his years and Renee, well she also has much more experience than one would assume. (I don't want to give anything away!)
Lois Brown does a wonderful job of introducing two very young characters and throwing them into the midst of a fascinating and mysterious intrigue. I loved trying to puzzle it all out right alongside Renee and Sam. I don't think that I'd have been able to guess at any of it before it was revealed.
My only complaints would be that it did seem a smidgen unbelievable to me that two 13 year old were running around on their own. And there is one scene involving a conversation between Renee and a schoolteacher that seemed 100% improbable and age inappropriate. But then again...times may have changed greatly since I was 13!
On the whole, I was impressed with Lois Brown's creativity and her character development and am curious to see where the story goes from here...
- Entangled (Spellbound #1)
on March 19, 2012
I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I started to read Entangled. I knew that I loved the cover, I knew that I loved the premise, but I also knew that some times indie books can be less than impressive. Let's just say that I need not have worried about this title.
I loved this book from the first page. The mix of magic, romance, sibling rivalry, teen angst, friendship and loyalty made this a perfect read. I kept turning the pages...wanting to know how this crazy resurrection spell gone wrong would be resolved... Wanting to know how far Charlene would go to to regain 100% of her life... And wanting to know how the strong and independent Graylee would manage to solve her predicament, maintain her morale compass and of course...decide what to do about Raj...
It's no secret that I have a bit of a thing for witches (I'll take them any day over Vampires, Werewolves, or Zombies) and this book delivered on the witchcraft front. However it was actually the inter-personal relationships in the story that really stole the show. Charlene's relationships with her friends at school, Graylee's budding romance with Raj, a mother's love for her children that can cause her to turn a blind eye to the faults of one and be willing to do anything to save the other...
And most of all...I loved how Nikki wrote the relationship between the twins Charlene and Graylee. It felt so true to me (and growing up with younger twin sisters gives me a good taste for what that kind of kinship entails. The love and hate..the codependency alongside the desire for independence. How two people can be best friends and worst enemies all wrapped in one. Nikki captured it all perfectly and then put her magical spin on it.
All of this may not be the main theme of the book. I am not sure if it was the author's intention for the twins' relationship to be the focus of the novel...but for this reader it was. And I can not wait for the second in the Spellbound series so that I can find out where the twins go from here.
- Duplicity (Spellbound #2)
on Aug. 16, 2012
Note: This review may contain some spoilers if you've not yet read Entangled.
Duplicity is a wonderful followup to the first in Nikki Jefford's Spellbound Trilogy. Nikki's writing has clearly gotten stronger and makes this an even better read than Entangled. The story line involving the two Gray's is compelling and raises all the right questions. And poor Raj...I can't imagine how confusing that must have been for him trying to figure out how to act around both of them! I know that I had a hard time myself...alternately feeling sorry for one or the other, or rooting for one or the other!
I loved the growth that the characters demonstrated since Entangled and throughout Duplicity. The reintroduction of Adrian Montes was a pleasant surprise as he is a complex and compelling character who I hope to see more of in the final installment of this series. I also hope that we learn a little bit more about his very mysterious past.
With constant action and loads of mystery and suspense as well as plenty of fun Duplicity draws you in and doesn't let go. I thoroughly enjoyed Duplicity and recommend the Spellbound series to any YA readers looking for a fun witchy read!
Note: Duplicity does have a bit of mature content and is probably better suited to the older YA reader.