Author: Kelbian Noel
Release Date: April 2013
Series?: The Witchbound Series #2
Genre: YA, Urban Fantasy
Source: CBB Book Promotions
Since she discovered magic, seventeen-year-old Skye Jackson’s life is almost perfect. Almost. Even perfect has its glitches.
What happens when the one with all the power makes the biggest mistakes? Welcome to my life.
Four months ago, I couldn’t have been happier. When my parents got divorced, I wasn’t exactly thrilled. Especially when Mom married a guy half her age. But then I found out I wasn’t the average Joana. Discovering magic existed and, best of all, I could use it, made everything easier to deal with. That is until I got a little too spell happy. But what girl wouldn’t defend her best friend against a world-class creep? Now I’m stuck in a nightmare, forced to make life and death decisions I never dreamed I’d face.
Love the magic, hate the responsibility.
This is the second book in the Withbound series. My review of Roots, the first book, can be found here.
The Witchbound series jumps from Baltimore’s story in Roots (fitting since her element is earth), to Skye’s story in Sprung.
Skye Jackson is a bit of a hot mess. Her mother and grandmother didn’t get along. Her dad put her grandmother in a home to keep the family together, but it wasn’t enough. He screwed up everything, and now her mother has married a guy half her age and they live in a McMansion. Her new stepdad thinks he’s going to run her life, using the placard of being a good dad.
The downside to having a seventy-one year-old partner in crime, who resides in a nursing home, is that I have to do all the messed up stuff myself.
The upside of all this? Skye has magic. She knows how to use it, and her grandmother has started talking after five years of silence. Skye has made visiting her grandmother a priority over everything else in her life, especially over dating, because her grandmother will only talk to her. They spell the room and cluster themselves away for hours.
Skye thinks she’s got it all figured out…until she tries to hex a boy for hurting her best friend, Claire. Skye doesn’t end up finishing her task, but all of a sudden the boy’s gone missing and Claire is in hot, hot water with the police. Skye has nowhere to turn, except to a little shop owner who can get her all the items she needs to fix her mistake.
Skye has to protect and save Claire, while finding the boy and fixing her mistake, and she has no idea how to do that. She confides in the shop keeper, who also turns out to be a witch, and the shop owner helps Skye figure it out.
There’s only one problem: only one person is known to be brought back from the grave, and the witch responsible for it gained immortality, but lost all of her magical powers. Living an endless lifetime with no magic sucks, and that witch is on a witch hunt of her own.
Skye finds herself at a loss, and Ramon from the first book comes to her aid. After what happened before with Baltimore and Brooklyn, Ramon doesn’t use magic. Rather, he’s restricted not to. Between the two of them, they determine that Ramon is the guiding mentor of the Elementals, and Skye is one of them. He helps her, but he also warns her of making a fatal mistake.
Worst thing? Skye’s already made it.
I am giving fair warning that this book is much more gory and gruesome than the first book. I’m sure it’s nothing compared to say, Stephen King, but it’s quite a step up from the first book.
At many times in the book, I thought Skye was a bit of an idiot. Rather, she did exactly what most teenagers do these days: act without thinking. She put blind faith in complete strangers, and those strangers knew more about her than even she knew, including what her Pure blood can do.
*****About the Author*****
Kelbian Noel was born on a warm June night in Moncton, New Brunswick. From a very young age, she loved to read. She found herself engulfed in novels by Janette Oke and L.M. Montgomery, but never seemed to find herself in the pages. At the age of 11 she declared she would simply have to rewrite them, and become the youngest author in history. But life was full of baseball, homework, BFFs and boys. Decades later, having studied writing in college and pursued it as a career, she rediscovered her hobby. She is excited to introduce The Witchbound Series to the world with hopes someone will love this story as much as she does. Kelbian lives in Toronto, Ontario with her two children (where, thanks to a thick layer of smog, Junes are much warmer than they used to be).
She is the founder of www.diverse-pages.com and blogs there often, in the company of some pretty cool people.
There is a $25 Amazon gift card up for grabs!