Spellcaster by Claudia Gray

April 22, 2013 Young Adult Book Reviews 3

spellcasterTitle: Spellcaster [Goodreads][Amazon]
Author: Claudia Gray
Publisher: HarperTeen
Format: ARC
Pages: 389
Release Date: March 5, 2013
In My Opinion: Worth a try!
One Line: It was a different and neat take on witches and curses, but wasn’t all that interesting.

About the Book: 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.

I was definitely intrigued with Spellcaster. I love stories of witches and add in a mysterious curse, I had to check this one out. In the end, I was a bit disappointed, it had its highs and lows, but it wasn’t the page-turner I was hoping for. It is different and I liked Claudia’s take on witchcraft, but nothing really exciting grabbed my attention throughout the whole book.

I really enjoyed Nadia & Mateo’s relationship. Yes, Mateo does save Nadia a couple times, but I liked how Nadia was the one with the power and Mateo was the normal guy. The mystery of his family’s curse does take awhile to be completely unveiled, but you can kind of figure out what’s going on before they tell you. Probably my favorite aspect of the story was the mystery surrounding the whole town. There is a darkness that is ever-present around the town and as Nadia slowly figures out who is behind it all, things get crazy. I loved all the magic and evil and I think Claudia did a good job at creating this world.

I think things flowed nice and neatly and I loved the magic aspect of the book, but there wasn’t enough excitement and drama for me. Things just progressed like it should have and there wasn’t any crazy climaxes where I was glued to the pages or anything. I was also pretty disappointed with how Nadia’s issues with her mother go unresolved. Part of the reason why they move is because of her mother, yet we get no insight into her character or where she is. All we know is that she got tired of being a mother and left them. That’s it. I really would’ve liked to see her show up, especially when things got rough, or have her there in some shape or form, but that might just be me. It’s definitely worth a try if you’re looking for a different kind of witch story and I enjoyed it enough.

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