Contrary to the majority of people, I found Spellcaster really enjoyable and somewhat refreshing. I came in with low expectations and unlike many I hadn't read the Evernight series. But I was pleasantly surprised with how hooked and interested I was. I can't remember reading a 'witch' based book before so I was really intrigued by the tale of witchcraft Claudia Gray had created. It had me hooked and I gobbled it right up! It was perfect for this time of the year and definitely got me into the Halloween spirit, it may even have freaked me out a little at times.
Told in third person, Spellcaster is the story of a young witch named Nadia who moves to Captive's Sound only to realize there is a dark magic destroying it. Nadia is heartbroken after her mother and only witchcraft mentor left her, leaving her powers almost useless without the proper training. Her move to Captive's Sound doesn't exactly go to plan when she ends up in a sinkhole in the ground, near death, until rescued by Mateo, a boy with a secret of his own.
I found Nadia and Mateo quite easy to like. Nadia was responsible, caring and intelligent. She acted as a mother to her younger brother whilst taking care of her father. At the same time she could also be funny and she dealt with a lot of pressure. I also liked Mateo and I didn't find him particularly swoony, but the two most definitely improved one another. I may have even shipped them. God I'm shipping everyone these days! Spellcatser also had cool secondary characters and I really liked Verlaine. Each character contributed to the story even if it was little in part and I founded it really cool how Mateo's curse and Nadia's witchery could possibly relate to each other.
One thing I've found myself saying when recommending this is how great I found the plot. It is a strong, clever and fast moving storyline filled with twists and turns. I never experienced a sluggish moment and I always wanted to know what was going to happen next. The plot was captivating but also fun. It was a definite strong point of the novel. The 'witch' aspects of the story were exciting and although I haven't read many witch books to compare it to, I fell like it would be a great starter. I honestly don't know what I would do in the characters shoes other than crap myself because sometimes even I was freaked out!
It's also a great read because despite it being 389 pages, it took me less than 24 hours to read. This down to the fact that like I mentioned, it's fast paced and always entertaining. I know that the 3 or 3.5 star ratings can be intimidating but I actually really loved this book! It's one I will be recommending a lot. Further more I wanted to point out how much I love the cover! I feel that it represents the story really well and the second novel, Steadfast (out 2014) also has a gorgeous cover.
Happy Halloween everyone, I do hope you've been given a fair share of both tricks and treats.
What are you dressing up as this year?