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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Spell Bound by Kelley Armstrong: Book Review

Spell Bound (Women of the Otherworld #12)
by Kelley Armstrong
Random House Canada
ISBN: 978-0-307-35760-1
Release Date: August 2, 2011
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Description: Savannah Levine is in terrible danger, and for once she’s powerless to help herself. At the conclusion of Waking the Witch, Savannah swore that she would give up her powers if it would help a young girl. Little did she know that someone would take her up on that promise.

And now, witch hunting assassins, necromancers, half-demons, and rogue witches all seem to be after her. The threat is not just for Savannah; every member of the Otherworld might be at risk. While most her fellow supernaturals are circling the wagons at a gathering of the council in Miami, Savannah is caught on the road, isolated from those who can protect her and unable to use her vast spell casting talent, the thing she counts on most. In a story that will change the shape of the Otherworld forever, Spell Bound gathers Elena, Clay, Paige, Lucas, Jamie, Hope, and others, who soon learn that the greatest threat to supernaturals just may come from within.

The Good Stuff
  • I am constantly amazed on how fabulous a storyteller Armstrong is.  I have only read the short stories in this series and still enjoyed this book.  She gives you the perfect synopsis of what has happened in previous books for newbies to the series without irritating hard core fans who have read everything in the series - that is a gift that so few authors do well
  • Strong female characters (tho Savannah was not up to her usual kick ass self in this)
  • Fabulous humor
  • Storyline is exciting and keeps you guessing
  • Love Cassandra (since I am new to series I'm hoping she is in other stories)
  • intriguing storyline - must take my copy of Bitten with me camping
  • Lots of paranormal creatures - even some werewolves which are usually not my fav, but I am intrigued into finding out more about them
  • Love all of the different complicated family dynamics - very true to life
  • Love the honesty of Savannah's friends telling her honestly and lovingly about her less than stellar behavior
  • Kelley just has an extraordinary gift of sucking you into a story and making you feel like you are part of that world
  • Fabulous ending, very much looking forward to 13 now

The Not so Good Stuff
  • Wanted to smack Savannah upside the head because of some of the choices she made
  • A wee bit confusing if you haven't read the entire series (But this totally made me want to)
  • How long do I have to wait for 13 to come out (damn I hate waiting LOL!)
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"You know, alcohol brings out different things in everyone," I said. "For you, it releases your inner librarian."
"Sexy, isn't it"

"When questioned, the soldier admitted that he hadn't been in the barn all night. See, the farmer had this daughter and, well, we all know how that goes."

"Well, that was humiliating," I said. "Tell you what, I'll buy that new top for your Jeep if you promise never to tell anyone you rescued me from a drunk asking for spare change."

Who should/shouldn't read
  • Obviously fans of the rest of the series will enjoy
  • Good for both adult and YA - nothing too racy or violent
  • Now I must pass this on to Kiera - because she is going to go postal if I don't let her read it soon (Don't worry publishers she will ALSO buy her own copy and have both signed by Kelley)

4.5 Dewey's (Only took .5 off because of MY enjoyment - only because I have only read the short stories in the series and was a little confused at times - for those who have read the series I imagine this would be definitely a 5)

I received this from Random House in exchange for an honest review

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