Summary (from Goodreads):
“There’s more than one way to be powerful . . .
It is during a routine school project that Abby Silva–sixteen and nearly friendless–makes a startling discovery: She is descended from women who were accused of witchcraft back in 1600s Salem. And when Abby visits nearby Salem, strange, inexplicable events start to unfold. Objects move when she wills them to. Candles burst into sudden flame. And an ancient spellbook somehow winds up in her possession.
Trying to harness her newfound power, Abby concocts a love potion to win over her longtime crush–and exact revenge upon his cruel, bullying girlfriend. But old magic is not to be trifled with. Soon, Abby is thrust headlong into a world of hexes, secrets, and danger. And then there’s Rem Anders, the beautiful, mysterious Salem boy who seems to know more about Abby than he first lets on.
A reckoning is coming, and Abby will have to make sense of her history–and her heart–before she can face the powerful truth.”
When I was a kid, I loved Scholastic’s Point imprint. They published books by R.L. Stine (Fear Street, not Goosebumps) and Diane Hoh and Richie Tankersley Cusick, plus someone named Christopher Pike. Not sure if you’ve heard of him.
But I read so many of those books and loved them all. So when I learned that Scholastic was reviving the imprint? YES.
Spellbinding is the first one to be released, and there were a couple more this month. (I will get to them soon; thank you Scholastic and Netgalley!)
This isn’t scary in the traditional sense. It’s creepiness comes more from the question I asked myself, one I bet most readers would share: how would I retain my integrity if I could literally have anything I wanted?
And that’s something that’s now facing Abby. Thanks to her history and her own powers, she can make things happen. All of a sudden, she’s better at school and her crush likes her. (LIKES HER, likes her.)
Which is another interesting thing to contemplate: if you’re used to being invisible, how do you react when all of a sudden, you’re on people’s radar?
But even beyond the deep thoughts/sociological questions behind this book, this is just a ridiculously fun read. It’s not the kind of book that you’ll be throwing at everyone you know, but it is the kind of book that will make for a great weekend afternoon. You could put Spellbinding down but you won’t want to.