Giveaway & Review: Spellbound by Sherry Soule – Ghosts, witches & romance

November 8, 2013 by Jeann @ Happy Indulgence | Blog Tours, Books, Giveaways, Indie

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Today bestselling author, Sherry Soule has some exciting news to share with us! All the previously published books in the Spellbound series have been rewritten and republished with more epic romance and suspenseful thrills. The new versions also include exclusive bonus material and brand new scenes. Even additional scenes from charming, bad-boy, Trent Donovan’s point-of-view! To help promote the new editions, she is doing this awesome book tour to share the update with fellow book lovers.

This giveaway is open internationally! So let’s tell the blogging world!

Take this quiz to see which character in the Spellbound universe you’d most likely be similar to, and score an eBook version of the first book in this unforgettable YA series, BEAUTIFULLY BROKEN!

Answer this quiz, then post your results in the comments. Be sure to check the bottom of the post for the details regarding this random giveaway.

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1.    What’s your favorite season?

a)    Winter – Cloudy, Chilly, Rainy, Stormy
b)    Fall – Windy, Misty, Foggy, Mild
c)    Summer – Hot, Dry, No Wind, Sunny
d)    Spring – Warm, Breezy, Greenery, Brisk

2.    I detest using labels, but what would others call you at school?

a)    Normal or Jock/ Cheerleader
b)    Preppy/ Student Counsel
c)    Amateur Fashionista
d)    Girlish tomboy

3.    Which of the following best describes your personality?

a)    Snobbish, Eccentric, Perky
b)    Haughty, Moody, Smart
c)    Tough, Snarky, Weird
d)    Playful, Vivacious, Straightforward

4.    Which genre do you read most often?

a)    Urban Fantasy
b)    Horror / Dark YA
c)    Paranormal Romance
d)    Dystopia

5.    You are at school and witness a student bullying someone. What do you do?

a)    Run in the opposite direction before they pick on you
b)    Laugh and join in on the fun
c)    Stop and tell the bully to knock it off or else!
d)    Go tell a teacher what’s going on

6.    What’s your hairstyle?

a)    Short and sassy
b)    Long and straight
c)    Medium with highlights
d)    Curly or wavy

7.    What’s your typical breakfast?

a)    Eggs and bacon
b)    Oatmeal and orange juice
c)    Coffee and a Pop tart
d)    Heaping bowl of my fav cereal

8.    What type of pet would you like to have or do you own?

a)    Hamster
b)    Small Dog
c)    Shade
d)    Cat

9.    How often do you shop or hit the mall?

a) Only on sale days
b) Once or twice a month
c) Every week—duh
d) Hardly ever

If you answered…

Mostly a’s: You and Kayla are a lot alike! You both love a good sale on shoes, and you’re energetic and sassy.

Mostly b’s: Ashley and you could be sisters. You each enjoy autumn days, hanging at the mall, and you’re more of a leader than a follower.

Mostly c’s: Shiloh and you could be besties! You both love to shop for the newest trends, enjoy reading paranormal romance novels, and you even have a snarky-side.

Mostly d’s: Sounds like you and Ariana have a lot in common. You each love to read YA books, adore cats, and can often be straightforward and super fun.

Giveaway Details – 

Random winner will be picked on December 21st . Please check back on that day to find out if you’re the lucky winner. Your eBook will be delivered via email to download to your e-Reader. (If you’re unsure how to, let Sherry know, she’ll help you.)

Those who enter must have an eReader to redeem this prize. All prizes will be electronically delivered. Please review all terms & conditions before entering.

Enter the giveaway on rafflecopter (all entries will be checked):

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Places you can cyberstalk Sherry Soule:

Official website: http://www.sherrysoule.blogspot.com

Official Spellbound Series blog: http://thespellboundseries.blogspot.com

Twitter @WriterSherry: http://twitter.com/writersherry

goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4925996.Sherry_Soule


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Beautifully Broken (Spellbound #1) by Sherry Soule

Synopsis: Deadly Witchcraft. Ghostly Threats. Doomed Romance.

They say every town has its secrets, but that doesn’t even begin to describe Fallen Oaks. The townsfolk are a superstitious lot and the mystical disappearance of a local teen has everyone murmuring about a centuries old witch’s curse.

When sixteen-year-old Shiloh Trudell takes a summer job at Craven Manor, she discovers a ghost with an agenda. That’s where she meets the new town hottie, Trent Donovan, and immediately becomes enchanted by his charms.

Finally, Shiloh’s met someone who is supercute and totally into her, but Trent is immersed in the cunning deception that surrounds the mysterious Craven Manor. So much so that he may lose sight of what is truly important to him. And she can’t decide whether she wants to shake him or kiss him. Yet neither one of them can deny the immediate, passionate connection growing between them.

But underlying everything is the fear that Trent may be the next victim on a supernatural hit list, and Shiloh is the only person with the power to save him…

With cryptic messages from a pesky wraith, Shiloh will finally begin to understand the mysterious significance of the strange mark branded on her wrist and decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice to protect the other teenagers in town.

Unfortunately, for Shiloh, not all ghosts want help crossing over. Some want vengeance.

BUY BEAUTIFULLY BROKEN (book 1):

ISBN: 978-0976180425
ASIN: B0058DE8YI
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My review: Great creepy segments and hot romance with juvenile fare  

Having read and loved another book by Sherry Soule, Immortal Eclipse, Spellbound sort of felt like a poor follow up in comparison. There were a lot of similar elements, such as a mystery involving a haunted house and name dropping of fashion brands, but this one had a few elements that annoyed me.

Shiloh is far from perfect, she’s young, immature and sees spirits following a near death experience in the past. Those shadowy visions lurking in her life were creepy and haunting, resembling a better version of Pretty Dark Nothing. I found these segments to be delightfully creepy, but was kind of sad when it didn’t really amount to anything. Like Immortal Eclipse, a bulk of the story revolves around a haunted manor. With the addition of witchcraft, it seemed like the book tried to explore a few too many different things with very little follow through or focus.

There was something about the dialogue and mannerisms in this book that felt a little off, the teenagers in it were a little too teeny boppy but yet the romance in it was sizzling hot. It contains lots of gossiping and swooning over guys, with a lot of juvenile speech like jeez, lame, OMGs and shut ups. Not to mention the swoony, sexy bad boy Trent Donovan, who at one point goes “missed me, missed me, now you gotta kiss me”. After that, I just couldn’t take him seriously.

Now let’s talk about the romance. Trent Donovan is sizzling hot and oh so attracted to Shiloh, being that she’s a bit unusual and quirky. Throughout the whole novel, the couple get close yet there’s rumours of him dating someone else. It seemed like they just kept getting close and then pulling away for a weak excuse, which was pretty typical and frustrating. The romance was sizzling and for a novel with such juvenile writing and dialogue, it just felt like the whole journey was really inconsistent.

Overall, with a bit of editing, I think Spellbound could be a much stronger novel. I’ve read another book from Sherry Soule and gave that one 5 stars, so she’s definitely a great story teller. I think this one has potential but still needs a bit of work, because the scary shadowy parts were fantastic.

I received a review copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5

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23 responses to “Giveaway & Review: Spellbound by Sherry Soule – Ghosts, witches & romance

  1. Thanks for having me as a guest. I hope everyone enjoys this entertaining quiz, and decided to read the newly revised Spellbound series!

    And Jeann, thank you for sharing your personal opinion about the book. Reading and reviewing is subjective, and books are like ice cream—there’s a flavor for everyone. 😉

    Happy Reading,

    ~Sherry

  2. Oh, I'm sorry that this one wasn't that great! I agree, it would be really hard to take the "missed me missed me now you gotta kiss me" guy seriously. I would probably die of hysterical laughter after he said that. I'm sorry that the dialogue was so juvenile, but I'm glad that the romance was good! 🙂
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  3. I had mostly d's – so I'm most like Ariana, apparently! 🙂

    It's a shame that Spellbound wasn't as strong as Sherry Soule's other book that you read. The juvenile, over the top mannerisms already sound like something that might annoy me too (not many teens actually talk like that!), but it sounds like this author does have potential though. Thanks for the helpful review, Jeann.
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  4. This book is not for me. I like the premise, and I think that it will work really well for some people, but I doubt I'm one of them. As always though, Jeann, your thoughts are beautifully balanced 🙂