Thursday, May 2, 2013
Book Review: Spellcaster
Book 1 in a new series
AUTHOR: Claudia Gray
PUBLISHED: March 2013
GENRE: Witches, Urban Fantasy
PREMISE: Nadia moves to a new town and discovers secrets.
MY REVIEW: Here's the thing about Spellcaster: it's not original. I won't lie to you and say it is. In fact, I'll say it's pretty much The Secret Circle/Beautiful Creatures combined with every other YA witch book out there. Gray is never one to shy away from familiar tropes and there are definitely familiar tropes here. Luckily they aren't the super annoying ones so it's not that big of a deal.
But...it works for me. If you think of books on TV terms, Spellcaster would be a SyFy/CW show. It's corny, unoriginal, but it's also readable and works despite itself. I like Nadia, there's some fun scenes in it, there's enough stuff in it to keep it entertaining, and I like the world building.
So original this series is not. But it's not the most horrible thing I've read and despite a few misgivings, I like it and will probably read the next book.
WHO SHOULD READ: Fans of Evernight, Secret Circle fans, witch fans, Beautiful Creatures fans
MY RATING: Four out of Five familiar but fun plots