Title: Spellcaster (Spellcaster # 1)
Author: Claudia Gray
Published: March 5, 2013
Publisher: Harper Collins/ Harper Teens
Pages: 370 pages
Category: Young Adult, Paranormal
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.
One of the Characters that I love, aside from Mermaids and Faeries, are Witches. I've grown up reading comic books such as W.I.T.C.H. (Will, Irma, Taranee, Cornelia and Hay Lin) and of course, the famous Sabrina the Teenage Witch. These (comic) books, shaped the 'good' in the word 'Witch' in my imagination. That's why, when Sarah of Harper Collins asked me what book would I like to review, Spellcaster was one of my top picks.
I guess this was a gamble on my part, because I haven't read any of Claudia Gray's books. But after reading Spellcaster, I decided to read her Evernight Series. The way she writes is simple and clear, you can easily relate to it.
The book is mainly set on Captive's Sound, a simple town, whose people live a normal kind of life. That is until a witch, named Nadia arrived into town. She arrived with a Bang! alright, when the car she was in, with her Dad and brother went haywire upon entering Captive's Sound. He was rescued by Mateo, a guy whose family is burdened by a curse, and who kept on dreaming about Nadia.
Later on, Nadia realized that, the heaviness in the air is not because she didn't like her new town. It is because the town is engulfed in old, dark magic, which, she was determined to stop, to free it and it's people.
The storyline was simple, yet it has a homey vibe, in the sense that Captive's Sound reminds me of cinnamon and old english movies.
She is a descendant of a long line of Witches who was taught by her mother, though she left Nadia's family before she even became a full-fledged one. I like Nadia's sense of positivity in her. No matter how big the problem was or how scary the situation is, she always look at the brighter side. I am looking forward as to how she would defeat Elizabeth.
The boy who was cursed. Well, Mateo is your typical good-looking-love-i terest-of-the-main-character. I like the fact that in a way, he is Nadia's knight in shining armor. But honestly, I didn't really feel that gooey kind of sweet gestures that a love interest should do.
The weird, nerd friend. I guess whenever there is a main character, there will always be a sidekick. And Verlaine is one. She is weird, which would make you adore her (she has white hair, though she's only a teen), and they suspected, her family was murdered by a witch which made me curious as to why (her parents died while she was on a crib when she was a year old).
The evil sorceress. The name's so dainty as a flower, you wouldn't think she would hurt as small an insect as a bug. Well, you're wrong. She is the evil sorceress here, and I would leave it to you to read why a teenage girl can become a Sorceress! The brutality of this girl is astounding, what she can do to serve her master..oh well, villains.
All in all, I liked the book, and I can't wait for the next installment!
Rating: 3.8 of 5 Stars.