Saturday, July 13, 2013

Spellcaster by Claudia Gray

Summary from Goodreads:

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. 

My thoughts: 
The book Spellcaster has a different take on witchcraft, spells, and sorcery. Instead of brewing up potions or reading spells, the author created a unique way of how spells are cast. The main character Nadia Caldani wears a bracelet with magical elements. Whenever she is about to cast a spell she lifts up her bracelet and recites 3-4 lines. 

A winter sunrise.
The pain of abandonment.
The knowledge of love.

Nadia reaches into her memories and thinks of events in her life that relate to the spell. Most often spells made her think of her parents or brother. I liked how detailed Nadia's thoughts were when she was casting her spells. The memories gave me insight on how Nadia's life was prior to Captive's Sound.

Mateo has visions of the future. It has been passed on in his family through generations. The bad thing about these visions are that it makes the person go insane eventually. His mother committed suicide because of them. At first Mateo is afraid to get close to Nadia since his visions foretold him she was going to die. He tries to find ways to avoid her but just can't. Both Nadia and Mateo find it difficult not being together. 

I like how the build up of Mateo's and Nadia's relationship wasn't sudden. It took some time to develop. I despise when relationships in books are rushed. This was not the case in Spellcaster. They define their relationship almost toward the end of the book.

In Spellcaster the perspective is told from the three main characters (Nadia, Mateo, and Verlaine) and the villain. I liked knowing the what schemes the villain in the story was up too. At times I wanted to let Nadia know that the villain set her up or to watch out. Verlaine is such a likeable character. She has natural gray hair and loves to rock vintage clothes. Everyone in the small town tend to ignore her or treat her horrible. Nadia and Verlaine don't immediately become friends. Somehow Nadia is hesitant to become Verlaine's friend. Even though Nadia finds nothing wrong with Verlaine, she always seems to not fully care about her. Later on in the book Verlaine finds out a spell was cast on her when she was baby. This spell makes people not remember her or like her. I'm hoping in the next book it is explained who cast that spell on her and why. 
Claudia Gray does a phenomenal job of describing the town and characters. I could imagine how eerie the town looked. Sinkholes happening everywhere and dark magic emanating from the town are just some of the creepy things Captive's Sound has to offer. The characters in the story were down to earth. I could even see myself being friends with them! 

Spellcaster is a fast read that will leave you wanting more and wondering what will happen next. If you are into supernatural and magic genres, you will love this book!

Rating: A

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