Disappointment and Witches: A Review of SPELLCASTER by Claudia Gray

Spellcaster (Spellcaster, #1) 
Claudia Gray
370 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: March 5th, 2013
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating: OKAY

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.

   Witches, curses, and deadly futures, SPELLCASTER is a mix of fantastic and disappointment.

   When Nadia and her family move to Captive’s Sound, she can sense something dark and mysterious lying underneath the dark and bleak town. Nadia, an untrained witch, knows that if she doesn’t act fast, Captive’s Sound would no longer exist. With the help of Mateo, a cursed boy with troubles passed down his generation, Nadia sets out to find the source of the evil underneath.

    There’s a couple of negatives for SPELLCASTER, which amplified because I had high expectations for it. There’s four points of view, (Nadia, Mateo, Mateo’s mysterious friend Elizabeth, and Nadia’s friend Verlaine), which means we figure some stuff out faster than the main character does. Our main character, Nadia, lacks excitement, and isn’t really a lovable character – she really falls flat throughout the novel, with very little personality.

  SPELLCASTER started off as a disappointment, but then slowly, closer towards the end, things took a turn and I just had to know what happened next. SPELLCASTER was full of unique, never-before-seen aspects, you could tell Claudia Gray really used her imagination. Some of the characters were interesting, and I loved how almost all of them have a twisted past.

   Overall, SPELLCASTER was okay. Some parts of the story were interesting and made me want to continue. The characters are interesting and different, but they could’ve been better and more realistic. I am definitely looking forward to the sequel, I have faith that the characters will improve – Nadia especially!

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    Soma Rostam

    March 11, 2013

    Well, I have heard a lot abut this and i LOVE the cover and the witches subject, since I am a huge fan of The Caster Chronicles
    GREAT review, Asma
    Your reader,

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    Jenea Whittington

    March 11, 2013

    I have been really looking forward to this one. I keep seeing some mixed review for it though. i love Claudia Gray's books. Great review. :D I will certainly be picking this one up.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

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      March 11, 2013

      I feel the same way. After reading this review I'll go into it with lower expectations which'll help me not be disappointed so thanks for the honest review!

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    Christianna Marks

    March 11, 2013

    It seems like everyone if kinda in the middle about this book. It sounds good, but I'm not so sure about it. Great review though!

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    March 11, 2013

    Dang, I'm disappointed to hear this one was only okay – ESPECIALLY when it comes to Nadia as a main character. I have a hard time with books that don't have strong characters, or if I just don't relate to them. I'll have to look into it a bit more to see if my curiousity is piqued enough to still give it a shot sometime soon!

    Thanks, Asma!

    Brenna from Esther's Ever After

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    March 11, 2013

    I didn't really like this book at all. I never became interested in the plot. meh

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    March 11, 2013

    I almost bought this book the other day, and am glad I decided not to. I think I will just borrow it from the library.

    I'm a bit apprehensive about the main character. If she isn't very likable . . . well that usually means I won't like the book that much. But I do still want to give it a try.

    Thanks for the review.

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    Megan TheBookBabe

    March 12, 2013

    Ouch. I'm not sure that this is something I'll like, no matter how good it sounds. Flat characters can kill a story really fast for me, and it sounds like it was really boring for a long time. But I'm glad that you're interested in the next installment, because that means that it shows some promise. Fab review, Asma!

    Megan@The Book Babe

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    Tiffany H

    March 12, 2013

    I've been eyeing this one with mixed emotions. Thanks for the honest review. I think that'll get pushed down the TBR list a little. :)

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    Naomi Hop

    March 12, 2013

    Oooh…. I was a little excited for this one, bugger!! I still might get it because I usually like Claudias books!! Great review!!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

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    Luisa Mesto

    March 13, 2013

    Sounds interesting. I'll definitely check that one out because the cover is begging me to pick it up and read the book!
    Keep up the awesome reviews!