Heya Aspiring Gurus!
I was so excited to be chosen as one of the hosts for The Spellbringers Series Diverse Book Tours! I received the first three books to read and review. Like always, I will be totally honest with my opinion no matter what. I will always do so. It is one of my main principles. Let’s start off with 10 random things about the series from the author herself.
- Spellbound was originally titled The Watchers.
- Alisa represents how I felt as a teen (awkward and shy) while Rachel is the girl I wished I could be (insanely smart, beautiful, and popular).
- I based Jeffrey’s (Rachel’s brother) career on my son who is a chef.
- Spellbound features multicultural characters because I was tired of going into my daughter’s room and seeing Twilight posters. Nothing against Twilight, but I wanted my child (who is of color) to have characters of color to look up to and maybe crush on just a little.
- The series is based in Georgia because I used to live there and I guess was feeling a little homesick at the time I wrote Spellbound.
- It took me and my friend, Maegan, ages to find a suitable stock photo for Rachel. It’s true that #WeNeedDiverseBooks, but #WeNeedDiverseStockPhotos as well.
- I changed a critical plot point in book three (Unbound) that has made it necessary to completely scrap book four and start all over.
- I’ve had at least five people tell me they wish Jerica was their mom.
- I cried like a baby when I wrote one of the scenes in Unbound.
- At one point, I considered getting rid of Alisa’s character altogether. She didn’t appear at all in the original version of the fourth book.
Okay! Now let’s get into the meat of the matter: my review on the first book in the series!
Spellbound (Spellbringers Book One) by Tricia Drammeh
The Plot: The Demon Re’Vel stalks his prey in the forest of dreams, slowly gaining control over the mind of his victim. Rachel doesn’t realize the Demon is real. In fact, she doesn’t believe in magic, Demons, Hunters, or any of the other things the Alexanders have warned her about. She resists their protection, but can’t resist her overwhelming feelings for Jace.
Alisa has been drawn to Jace since the day she saved him from a Hunter attack. A mere human in a world of Spellbringers, Alisa has been embraced by the Alexander family as a hero, but not everyone is willing to accept her. Jace’s intimidating older brother, Bryce, keeps his emotions and his secrets hidden. When Bryce confides in Alisa, it puts her relationship with Jace and the entire Alexander family at risk.
Danger, secrets, and betrayal collide, and when the Demon makes his claim, the small, southern town of Oaktree becomes a battleground for Rachel’s life.
Formerly published under the title ‘The Claiming Words,’ Spellbound is a completely re-written, re-vamped novel featuring added scenes, additional chapters, and a new ending.
Key Characters: Alisa’s character develops throughout this novel and I love seeing her grow and develop into a better, stronger person. I also much enjoyed Bryce’s character development into something a bit softer, but just as fierce. Jace was a so-so character. I loved to hate him and hated to love him. He was a bit comical at times and unbelievable. I loved him paired with Rachel, however. Rachel is so anal retentive that Jace gives her the looseness that her character needs. I am very intrigued about Rachel’s character and I want to learn more about her. I hope that Jace’s character gets a revamp though, because I find him a bit juvenile and annoying.
Likes: I really like the relationship that developed between Alisa and Bryce. It was unexpected and perfectly done. They pair off together so well that you see the flaws in Jace and Rachel’s relationship. I like Rachel’s attraction to the Demon and I want to see more of what is going on there. Is it just the Claiming Spell or is there an actual attraction? I think it is just the Claiming Spell, but if it is anything like Alisa and Bryce’s, it is going to be really hard to resist. I like that Alisa and Bryce’s relationship is more mature and I hope to see it expanded on in the second book. I feel like their relationship makes this book in a better position for a transition to an older audience and less high school orientated.
Dislikes: I feel like this book is for a younger crowd. I think that high school girls would love this book and rave about it more than me. Towards the end, it got more mature and grown up. It makes me look forward to the second book to see if this mature theme stays or not. I didn’t really like Jace. I think his character could have been done differently to make him more likable. Some parts of the novel were a bit slow and boring, although most of it wasn’t at all. I don’t really have a whole lot of dislikes to be honest. I thought the story was executed beautifully.
Overall Opinion: Overall, I really loved this book, but I feel like most of the book is for high school age girls and not necessarily young adult. If the second book continues to mature and grow out of the high school format, I think that it will have a lot of potential as a series that I would like to continue. I am looking forward to reading the second book. I actually just started reading the second one earlier this week. I will be uploading reviews on the other two once I finish them, but the book tour is over with this post. I’ll still use the book banner, so you know I received it from the tour and I’ll state it in the review itself. The writing is very distinctive and I think the story can only go up from here. I think there is a lot of potential for the series to get better. Again, I have rated it three stars, because the story was a bit young for me. If the next one is more mature, I could see giving the next one a higher rating. Please let me know, if you guys like this type of short review. I really enjoyed writing it.
3 out of 5 stars
Well, that is it for today for today gurus! If you are interested in reading material from the rest of the tour, here is the schedule:
August 24th: Libertad @Twinja Book Reviews with Excerpts from the book
August 25th: Tamara @Tamara Philip Writes with Excerpts from the book
August 26th: Constance @Constance Burris Blog with 10 Random Things About This Novel
August 27th: Lisa @Lisa T.Cresswell with a Dream Cast
August 28th: DC @Fantasy Fiction Kingdom with Excerpts from the books
August 31st: Poulami @Daydreaming Books with a Review
September 1st: Guinevere @Rebellious Cupid Book Reviews with Excerpts from the book
September 2nd: Misty @Misty Iputi’s Book Reviews with a Review
September 3rd: Toi @The ToiBox of Words with an Author Interview