2014 Reading Challenge

2014 Reading Challenge
Michael has read 1 book toward his goal of 50 books.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

The Novel's Court (4)

Hey Chroniclers! Today is such a beautiful day outside. It's a bit windy in some parts but the sun was hitting me and I felt hot with the jacket on and it smelled like Spring was getting near and I loved it! Which is perfect since a bunch of books have been released out into the world! But before they do, they must go through a process called The Novel's Court! The Novel's Court is a weekly meme hosted by me where I put a debut novel through the test to see if it's worth reading (Guilty) or not (Not Guilty). This week it is...

Spellcaster by Claudia Gray!

When Nadia's family moves to Captive's Sound, she instantly realizes there's more to the place than meets the eye. Descended from witches, Nadia can sense that a spell has been cast over the tiny Rhode Island town-a sickness infecting everyone and everything in it. The magic at work is darker and more powerful than anything she's come across and has sunk its claws most deeply into Mateo . . . her rescuer, her friend, and the guy she yearns to get closer to even as he pushes her away. 

Mateo has lives in Captive's Sound his entire life, shadowed by small-town gossip and his family's tormented past. Every generation, the local legends say, one member of the family goes mad, claiming to know the future before descending into insanity. When the strange dreams Mateo has been having of rescuing a beautiful girl from a car accident actually come true, he knews he's doomed.

Despite the forces pulling them apart, Nadia and Mateo must work together to break the chains of his terrible family curse, and to prevent a coming disaster that even now threatens the entire town, including Nadia's family, her newfound friends, and her own life.

Time for Court!

The Story: I was getting all into it and it was sounding amazing until the last sentence of the first paragraph. It just ruined it for me. I'm really starting to hate how everything revolves around falling in love and such. As if that's the definition of YA. Small town, meets a mysterious guy, has to fight for their lives. It's getting a little to repetitive and that's probably why I haven't been reading a lot of the newer YA books. 

The Cover: I actually like the cover! I like the simplicity of it and the color tones. I really like the font of the title as well as the flame she's holding in her hand. If it were for the cover I'd have this in a heartbeat. 

The Verdict: Unfortunately I'm not just going to buy a book for the cover but for the story as well so this one falls under Not Guilty! I just won't invest my time in romance novels. Had it not mentioned the romance part I would've added it to my list, even if it surprise attacked me with romance in the actual story. I feel like if there's romance in the synopsis then it plays a big part and I just don't want that. 

What are your thoughts on the story and cover? Have you read it or want to read it? Thoughts on the author as well? Leave your comments down below! 

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