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ARC Book Review: ‘Spellbound’ by Allie Therin

Title: Spellbound

Author: Allie Therin

Length: ebook

Publisher: Carina Press


This book is the first in a new series called Magic in Manhattan.

I read this book during Pride Month, were I only read books that featured LGBT+ plus mainly characters.

This book sounded perfect for me, an LGBT love story and magic. What a perfect combination. However something just missed the mark for me.

The story was interesting, but it just wasn’t interesting enough. It didn’t have me hooked. I found myself struggling pick it up to read it. The magic was there, it just wasn’t magical enough. The love story was there, it just wasn’t enough.

The whole premise sounded interesting. This book is set in old New York, during the prohibition area. I love that. I just don’t think it was explored enough. It wasn’t detailed enough. It was just lacking.

Then there was the magic, this is where the twist comes in. This is what would make this book other worldly, but it didn’t. It wasn’t explored that much, and when it was, it wasn’t interesting. Rory’s gift is being able to scry, which is could have been super exciting but again it just came off as dull. It also seemed that there was a villain they were working to stop, but in all honesty I’m still not sure who that is.

Now the love story, the bit I was most looking forward to. It was a slow burn romance, and you know I like that. But this one was very slow, leaning towards being boring. When the characters finally did get together, it was lacklustre. Then out of nowhere, the author tried to say they were meant to be together, meant to find each other. That didn’t come across to me. It wasn’t believable. It just made me think of better love stories.

There’s better books out there set in this era. There’s books with more imaginative magic. There’s better books with more heartfelt, genuine romance.

The writing was all over the place, it needed clarity. The action (when it finally happened) wasn’t exciting. The story was all over the place. It just totally missed the mark for me. It’s the first in the series, but will I be reading the next book? I don’t think so.

When I started this review, I had this book at 3 stars, but after writing this it’s gonna down to 2.

Thank you to Carina Press and Netgalley for a copy of this book in return for a honest, unbiased review. It’s comes out July 29th. Check it out, it might be the book for you.

Until the next review


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