Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Review: Spellbinder by C.C. Hunter

Book Blurb:

When magic, romance and family secrets collide, the result is spellbinding!

Miranda Kane has always felt like a screw up--at least when it comes to her ability to wield magic. Her only sanctuary is Shadow Falls camp, where she's learning to harness her powers as a witch. But thanks to her shapeshifter boyfriend who called it quits and ran off to Paris, both her heart and powers feel broken.

When she unexpectedly lands a top spot in a spell casting competition in France, she flies out with her best friends Kylie and Della. But her trip takes her straight into the heart of a dangerous supernatural mystery--and a heated romance. What Miranda doesn't expect is for her investigation to unleash shocking revelations...about herself, her family, and her arch enemy. Now Miranda must step up and show everyone that she's a witch to be reckoned with....before it's too late.

My Review:

4 Out Of 5 Stars

Genre: Supernatural, Vampires, Werewolves, Witches--

Miranda has always been considered a failure in the magical community due to her dyslexia in spell casting. During a magic competition, her mother ups the ante by telling her that the winners move on to the next competition in Paris, which just so happens to be where the boy who broke her heart is staying. To sweeten the deal, her mother also offers to fly Miranda's 2 best friends Della and Kylie to Paris if Miranda wins this competition. Unfortunately for Miranda, just like everything else in Miranda's life, the competition does not go as planned.

Not a huge fan of short stories, but I could not resist the lure of this one predominantly due to my love of this series and the fact this novella was told from Miranda's view point, which I have never gotten before. Yes this novella is about Miranda, but it in no shape or form is a stand alone read. This book goes after the actions of the first 2 books in the Shadow Falls: After Dark spin-off series. There is way too much back story here to get a complete story and a new reader may be lost, so I strongly recommend to start and the beginning and work your way to here. You will not be disappointed.

Miranda is so different from the fierce and independent Della who I have spent the most time with that it was really interesting to see her reactions to things. Miranda lacks self confidence and is completely torn up over the break-up with her boyfriend Perry. She has a new (old some might say) potential love interest with whom I love and I would like nothing more than for her to wash her hands of Perry and give Shawn a chance. Alas, I can't control Miranda's feelings or choices, instead I just have to be a silent bystander for every action. Not only does she have romance drama, is involved in a murder investigation and may be in danger, but a huge family secret is dropped on her lap at the worst possible time. Miranda is braver and tougher than she gives herself credit for.

I really like the After Dark series and the first book that I read in the Shadow Falls series was good as well. I think I enjoy Della the most though and I really need the last book in the After Dark series where hopefully Della and Chase get a happily ever after.

I received this title from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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