Friday, 27 February 2015

Book Review: Spellbound by Kelley Armstrong (WOTO #12)

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.

My Review:
Savannah's rash words have stripped her of her powers just as a war is brewing and she is most needed. The Fates are not involved but quite a few demons are keen to help Savannah solve her problem in return for a favour.

The loose ends from Waking the Witch are tied up as this book starts where it left off. The deal Savannah doesn't know she is making sees Paula cleared and reunited with Kayla, while Cody is framed for murder. I certainly feel no sympathy for him as he tried to kill Savannah, so he is hardly innocent. Better him than Paula. Savannah is still being pursued by witch hunters and her parents are anxiously trying to find out who took her powers.

Adam is determined to protect her but of course Savannah doesn't have the brains to follow simple instructions. I had more sense aged 7 than she has at 21. I mean seriously, that pathetic story of Roni's would fool NOBODY and leads to her attack by Roni's 'aunt'. When she is told to stay in the hotel no matter what until help arrives, as soon as the bomb threat is announced, she wanders out of the hotel instead of hiding somewhere other than her room. If she had at least stayed with the crowd evacuated, she was still reasonably safe but no, she wanders off on her own and gets grabbed, meaning Clay has to rescue her. The girl is hopeless!

We discover that the demon Balaam, or 'grampa' wants Savannah to lead a supernatural revolt and have them come out of hiding to rule though other demons have the opposite view. Giles and his fanatical group of immortality seeking nutters are targeting young supernaturals with power, snatching a clairvoyant baby from the Nast Cabal, who of course blame the Cortez Cabal who tried to warn them of the danger. The kidnap involved Bryce but when he calls Savannah for help, she takes Adam, Jeremy and Jamie to locate him in a medical facility run by Anita and Giles. Any rescue involving Savannah is never going to run smoothly!

Dislikes? Savannah. I just will never take to her as a character, especially an MC. She is still too childish and whiny, demanding her own way and sulking when she doesn't get it. She is dumb and can't stay out of trouble which gets tiresome five times in a book. I don't feel any chemistry between her and Adam so I don't find the romance between them believable. Adam should have someone more mature in his life-I just don't see him with Savannah for life.

I liked that Savannah's relationship with Bryce develops in this book, and we see another side to him. It was good that she had to deal with losing her powers as she realises that she took them too much for granted and needs to learn backup plans. She does show a few signs of learning some lessons by treating Adam better. Having Cassandra there was great as her interactions with Savannah are fun and their mission together is one of my favourite things in the book. Instead of Waking the Witch, why could we not have had a book with maybe Cassandra and Adam working on a case? That would have been more fun than Savannah on her own. It was great to have the cast back together to work on the threat-Jeremy, Jaime, Elena, Clay, Lucas, Page, Cassandra, Hope and Karl. It made it feel as if we are building up to a huge battle with all of our favourites fighting side by side. The whole end sequence at the facility was full of tension and I liked most of the action in the book.

This was a big improvement from Waking the Witch and I felt as if the series was getting back on track after three poorer books in the last four (8, 9 and 11). It gave me confidence that the final book would be an action packed battle with all the characters together and I looked forward to it. 
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  1. Man, I haven't seen half of the covers you are coming up with for this series. I think I got the last 5-6 from the library so I took what they had. Have you read any of the Sisters of the Moon series by Yasmine Galenorn. They are great and probably one of my top 10 series. If you haven't, you should check them out.

    1. I never buy hardbacks but a friend got me this one as a birthday present when it came out. Those early covers are so pretty and these are just rubbish!

      I'm afraid I didn't like that series at all...I gave the book one star and abandoned it!

  2. You really don't care for Savannah. lol. That's all good. There are a lot of characters in this series, so to not like one, it's okay. Sadly, she's the one that ends the series. Thanks!

    1. I'd give her a slap if it wasn't for the fact that she's got superpower...