Three out of Five Stars
Summary: Hazel Abbot spent her whole life unaware she was a witch. When a spell thrusts her great-aunt Sarah Hutchinson forward from the Salem witch trials of 1692 and lands her in Hazel’s bookstore, everything Hazel thought she knew about herself changes. Complicating matters, Raven Dare, a supernatural hunter, informs her that they’ve all been summoned by the Queen Witch, Morgan le Fay.
Morgan compels Hazel, Sarah, and Raven to correct the shift in the realms of good and evil by ridding the world of the evil that followed Sarah into modern day. If they fail, the forces of white magic will be extinguished forever. But completing the perilous mission, convincing Sarah to return to Puritan life, and resisting their growing attraction for each other might prove more difficult than Hazel and Raven ever anticipated.
Don’t let the cover of this book put you off. I’ve found many of the Bold Strokes Books don’t have the typical exciting covers, but the stories inside are well written. I’m going to be completely honest in this review. I enjoyed aspects of Spellbound but I felt there was a lot of potential that was left unexplored.
Time travel pulls Sarah and Ayotunde out of the middle of the Witch Trials and into present day America. They, along with Sarah’s descendent, Hazel, are pulled into a fight they had no idea idea was happening. There were some interesting takes on hellhounds, demons, witches and supernatural hunters.
Sarah and Ayotunde and Hazel and Raven were paired together as romantic interests, but there wasn’t as much development as I liked. It was very insta-love, with the typical character that creates jealousy, but in the end turns out to be a great person.
The connections between the love interests were, eh. That’s legit all I can say about it. I didn’t relate well with any of the characters and I think that may have influenced me. It didn’t feel chemistry between any of them and it was disappointing. I honestly can’t recall much about this storyline, just that I spent a lot of time trying to make my way through it.
Maybe I chose to read it at the wrong time? It just wasn’t one that I immediately wanted to tell people to go out and get a copy of it.