Review: Spellbinding by Maya Gold

Spellbinding by Maya Gold

spellbindingThere’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.


I received this book in digital ARC form through NetGalley. I read it in three days, which says a lot. I normally have a few books going at a time, but I couldn’t put this down. Gold has a magical way with words. She drew me into her story with ease and held me there. I’m now in desperate need of a trip to Salem ASAP. It can’t be as charming as she describes, can it? I need to know this!

The concept of a young girl discovering her witchy legacy isn’t new. What makes this story amazing are the characters. Gold writes a cast of people you want to know. The hero is charming. The heroine is one of my favorites. She begins small and grows into someone strong and feisty. Every girl contemplating a change will identify with Abby. She makes some questionable choices but redeems herself. No rescuing necessary. She toils with heavy emotional situations and fares as well as anyone could. I appreciate the honesty Gold gives us here. I love a girl who calls the shots, deals with consequences and does it with her chin high. The danger is high. The tension is palpable. The romance is dreamy. The world in Spellbinding is done so well, I wanted to jump in my car and visit. This is a must read for YA lovers. Enjoy!

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