Thursday, March 27, 2014

Review: Spellcaster by Claudia Gray

Title: Spellcaster
Author: Claudia Gray
Series: Spellcaster #1
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: HarperTeen | March 5, 2013
Pages: 389

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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.

My thoughts {bzzzzzzzzzzz}:

The Scene

Spellcaster is like so many young adult titles nowadays. It has a main character (female) with side characters (friend), and love interest (hot boy). There's also some sort of supernatural going on (magic) and an evil villain (evil witch). I'll tell you right now, I didn't like Spellcaster very much. It was just very...bleh. Yeah, it had so many elements of YA books currently but it was actually quite boring.

The Girl

We'll start with the main character. It's been awhile since I read the book but all I can remember about Nadia is...nothing. Seriously, I can't really remember what Nadia is like because her character lacked any type of depth. She was completely one-dimensional. She bored me to death and I couldn't connect with her at all.

The Boy(s)

The love interest, Mateo, seemed so forced to me. It was like Gray was forcing it down our throats that MATEO AND NADIA ARE GOING TO BE TOGETHER ARE SUPPOSED TO BE TOGETHER AND WILL BE TOGETHER. Like, okay we get it.
On top of that, I didn't like Mateo really. He was just kinda flat like most of the characters in Spellcaster.

The WTF?!

1. the characters - I didn't relate to them at all. Maybe it's me but I just couldn't connect with Nadia, Mateo, or even Verlaine.
2. the plot - let me just say, booor-ing. Don't get me wrong, it had heaps of potential but it was so slooow.

The Buzz

Sadly, Spellcaster had very little buzz. It had potential but it didn't live up to that potential.

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