Monday, February 10, 2014

Review: Beautifully Broken (Spellbound #1) by Sherry Soule

Beautifully Broken (Spellbound #1)
Sherry Soule

Deadly Witchcraft. Ghostly Threats. Doomed Romance. 

They say every town has its secrets, but that doesn’t even begin to describe Fallen Oaks. The townsfolk are a superstitious lot and the mystical disappearance of a local teen has everyone murmuring about a centuries old witch’s curse. 

When sixteen-year-old Shiloh Trudell takes a summer job at Craven Manor, she discovers a ghost with an agenda. That’s where she meets the new town hottie, Trent Donovan, and immediately becomes enchanted by his charms. 

Finally, Shiloh’s met someone who is supercute and totally into her, but Trent is immersed in the cunning deception that surrounds the mysterious Craven Manor. So much so that he may lose sight of what is truly important to him. And she can’t decide whether she wants to shake him or kiss him. Yet neither one of them can deny the immediate, passionate connection growing between them. 

With cryptic messages from a pesky wraith, Shiloh will finally begin to understand the mysterious significance of the strange mark branded on her wrist and decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice to protect the other teenagers in town.

Unfortunately, for Shiloh, not all ghosts want help crossing over. Some want vengeance.

Publisher: Moonlight Publishing
Publication Date: July 22, 2013


Kat's Review

This novel features a tormented teenage witch, a hot but tortured guy, a haunted house and a whole lotta lies. While not a perfect novel, it does have some great things worth mentioning, starting with the main character. This book features a main character who is half Native American, which is fantastic. There are characters of many different backgrounds here, which unfortunately is all too rare in literature. This is also a novel with strong female characters (both good and evil), and although there is a hot guy in the mix, he doesn't end up running to Shiloh's rescue every two seconds. 

The book has a mix of family secrets, witchcraft, and even a bit of romance. Shiloh sees evil in the shadows, and knows that she must unravel the secrets behind the disappearances of children that have plagued her town for years. When the owners of the haunted house in town move back in, Shiloh knows that the key lies in that house. So does Trent, the boy she finds herself falling for. I liked the mix of secrets, history and lies, and I think there's enough tension to hold a reader's attention. 

The biggest drawback of this novel is that I think there's so much that happens that sometimes I felt like certain things weren't given enough attention. Without giving anything away, there are two very traumatic events that occurred in the story, and I think the outcome of those two events had the potential to be explored more than they were to ramp up the emotion.

Kat's Rating: Worth a Look

I liked the author's voice in this one, and it's a great book for even young teens. There is some romance, but nothing much beyond kissing. There's very little profanity, but some great tension and certainly some twists and turns that keep readers on their toes. 

I received a complimentary copy from the author in return for an honest review. 

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