by Kelley ArmstrongPublished by: Plume / Penguin Publishing Publish Date: June 26, 2012- first released in 2011 Genre: Paranormal/ Urban Fantasy Series: Women of the Otherworld #12 Source: Print copy provided for review My Rating:
Blurb From Goodreads:
The #1 New York Times bestselling author sets the stage for a battle of epic proportions.
Savannah Levine is all grown up. As a witch endowed with an array of spells, she is also a force to be reckoned with. As a paranormal investigator she is finally coming into her own. But her last case tore a family apart, and Savannah swore she’d give up her powers to fix the mess she helped create. Someone—or something—must have been listening.
Powerless and on the run from witch-hunting assassins, Savannah stumbles upon a gathering storm that threatens the very existence of the Otherworld. The danger is real, and Savannah must somehow join forces with old friends like Elena, Clay, Paige, Lucas, Jaime, and Hope to face their world’s greatest threat—and one that just might come from within.
I have been a Kelley Armstrong fan ever since I picked up the first book in the Women of the Otherworld series, Bitten. Bitten was one of the first paranormal books I picked up (ever), and it is still a favorite. Since then, I have read quite a few books out of the series, not all of them however. What I love about Kelley Armstrong is that if I read this series out of order, I never feel lost, I am always able to dive into the world and understand what is going on and how the characters relate to each other. So, when I was offered the opportunity to read and review Spell Bound, I jumped at the chance.
Savannah Levine is the heroine in Spell Bound, and she is facing some tough times. Savannah is a very powerful spell caster, but in Spell Bound her powers are suddenly gone, a supernatural group wants to make their presence public, and Savannah begins to realize that it’s time for her to grow up. Many of the characters from previous books are in this book, which makes this book fun and ties the series together really well. My favorite character return was Clay, werewolf enforcer and mate to Elena (what can I say, I’m partial to the werewolves )
Savannah is constantly on the move in Spell Bound, and her best friend/secret love-of-her-life Adam are hunting the witch-hunter trying to kill Savannah and simultaneously being drawn into the drama of the supernatural liberation movement. In Spell bound, since Savannah is without her powers, she has to face some tough realities such as her fear of abandonment and that her value is only in her power. She has a difficult time handling the loss of her powers, and she is still pretty young (21). She winds up learning valuable lessons and she begins to mature.
I would have liked to see more depth to the emotions throughout the book. Savannah goes through very tough times, but her reactions and emotions feel pretty light comparatively. The same applies to Savannah’s relationship with Adam. Their relationship is very friendly, not really romantic and I was a little disappointed that there was not a lot of depth and progression there. I felt as though the emotions throughout the book were touched on, but the depth was missing.
All together, I really enjoyed reading Spell Bound. I have enjoyed every book that I have read in the series, and Spell Bound is no exception. Savannah has grown into a beautiful, talented woman and I am very happy with how her character has grown. I love jumping into the Otherworld Kelley Armstrong created. All of the characters are well-developed and intriguing. After reading Spell Bound, I just want to sit down to read and re-read the entire series. There is just 1 book left to the series (Thirteen which releases in July), and I can’t wait to get my hands on the book to see how Ms Armstrong will wrap-up the series.
Paranormal fans, if you are looking for a new series, I highly recommend Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld series. With a highly developed world, multiple paranormal beings, intrigue, and romance this series has it all.
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*On a Side Note*- I got to meet Kelley Armstrong while I was at RomCon! I definitely had a fan girl moment, and she signed my copy of Spell Bound! I love meeting my favorite authors