~Book Review: Spellcaster by Claudia Gray~

Title: Spellcaster
Author: Claudia Gray
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: March 5th, 2013
Pages: 389
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy - 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.

Captive's Sound is truly like no other town. It feels completely hollow, even the town residents can tell that there is something off. Evil has lived there for quite some time, but it isn't until Nadia and her family drive into Captive's Sound that things start going haywire. They've just barely crossed the line into town when they get into a horrific accident. It might have to do with the book of shadows seating in the truck or the magical barrier she didn't realize was surrounding Captive's Sound. Stuck in her car, fearing she is trapped, she struggles to try to get out, but it isn't until a mysterious stranger shows up to help her out that she is somewhat relived. But this stranger has secrets of his own. Mateo had a dream that Nadia would get into an accident, yet he's never met her before. His family has been cursed from generation to generation. It's always been the same. Some one in his family always goes mad and kills themselves. Mateo has been having strange dreams about a girl dying or getting hurt. It isn't until he is on the outskirts of town trying to see if his dreams are true that he see's the accident happen right before his eyes. He's just proven that he's not going crazy but why in fact having dreams about this beautiful girl he's never met before?

I won't go much into detail because I feel like if I mention a certain characters name it will be giving the story away. What I will say is that Spellcaster was a well paced story that kept me thoroughly entertain from start to finish.

I didn't expect Gray to switch POVs so many times. It was fun getting an insight into what was going on with certain characters. I liked getting into the "villains" mind. It was a fun twist trying to figure out what exactly they had up their sleeve. Spellcaster had a lot of subplots going on and many don't get solved by the end of the book but I was actually okay with that. You can tell they were put there to plant the seed for what's to come.

All in all I truly enjoyed Spellcaster and will for sure be picking up the next book in the series to see where Gray takes us on this fun new take on witchcraft.


  1. Great review. I have the first two books in this series. I really need to find time to read them.

  2. Lovely review. I have seen the cover around the blogosphere, but I didn't know what it was about. I will have to keep this series in mind next time I'm at the library.

    1. Thank you! Hope you can get around to reading it. :)


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