Monday, July 5, 2010

SPELLBENT by Lucy A. Snyder

Book 1 in Jessie Shimmer Trilogy
Publisher: Ballantine Books/Del Ray
Date published: December 29th, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-345-51209-3
Urban Fantasy
Mass Market Paperback
Reviewed by Dawn
Obtained by Publisher

Jessie Shimmer was helping her boyfriend, Cooper Marron, with a simple spell when something goes horribly wrong. Cooper disappears; Jessie is facing something far worse than a simple thunderstorm but a demon that almost kills her. In the aftermath, branded an outlaw, Jessie races to figure what the heck is going on as she goes against the ruling mage, shadowy enemies and finds truths of a past that were kept secret from her. Can Jessie find Cooper before it’s too late and figure out what the heck is going on?

SPELLBENT is one wicked ride that takes you to the fields of Ohio, to the depths of Hell and back again. We’ve got demons, familiars, witches/mages, and more within the pages of this exciting debut and it is one wild ride from start to finish. Though it is a little graphic at times, the story moves smoothly and the characters begin to take shape as Ms. Snyder sets the stage for Jessie, Cooper and their friends. Tight writing, fast paced storyline and complex characters keep the reader glued to the pages as SPELLBENT races to its climatic finish. What really peaked my interest was the world building. Ms. Snyder delivers a magical place that seems so alive and real to me that it was a let-down to see it was all make believe. This is an author who knows her world and the people who populate it, be it human, witches or other paranormals. The twists and turns keep you glued to the pages and when Jessie’s secrets come out in the open she is shocked to find a life she never knew about or the truths that follow. Can she figure out what she is while trying to find her lost love, Cooper?

Meet Jessie Shimmer, she is having a love affair with her teacher, Cooper Marron, and trying to learn how tap into her supernatural powers. When she helps him with a fairly simple rainstorm spell, something goes horribly wrong and Cooper disappears. Now Jessie is in the fight of her life against the demon and trying to figure out what the heck happened. Branded an outlaw afterwards, Jessie is determined to find and rescue Cooper even if she has to go to Hell itself to bring him back. Jessie is a character I could see enjoying time with. Fun, independent and full of fire, she is the one person I can see calling for a night out on the town and the sparks fly between Cooper and Jessie with fierce abandon. The characters are very well rounded and interact well with secondary characters. The reader gets a sense of who these people are and the motivations behind them. It made reading SPELLBENT very enjoyable.

If you enjoy a wickedly fun urban fantasy, then grab SPELLBENT. It is one that will live on in your imagination even after the last page is read. I am looking forward to the next Jessie Shimmer book in the future and am eager to see what she faces next. Lucy A. Snyder is a “new to me” author and one that I am looking forward to exploring more of.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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