Jun 22, 2015

Mini ARC Review--Spellbinder by C.C. Hunter

When magic, romance and family secrets collide, the result is spellbinding!

Miranda Kane has always felt like a screw up–at least when it comes to her ability to wield magic. Her only sanctuary is Shadow Falls camp, where she’s learning to harness her powers as a witch. But thanks to her shapeshifter boyfriend who called it quits and ran off to Paris, both her heart and powers feel broken.

When she unexpectedly lands a top spot in a spell casting competition in France, she flies out with her best friends Kylie and Della. But her trip takes her straight into the heart of a dangerous supernatural mystery–and a heated romance. What Miranda doesn’t expect is for her investigation to unleash shocking revelations…about herself, her family, and her arch enemy. Now Miranda must step up and show everyone that she’s a witch to be reckoned with….before it’s too late.

I received this eARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, I was in no way compensated for this review.

The world of Shadow Falls has been a favorite of mine since the very beginning! I loved Kylie's story and going with her on her journey about love, friends, learning what she is and all the adventures that came of it! I am loving Della's series as well as she learns more about her family ties and opening herself up to her feelings, whether they result in good or bad. So to now have Miranda have her own story, the third in the trio, this positively delighted me! C.C. Hunter's Spellbinder, while novella, is still Miranda's chance in the spotlight and it was a marvelous story indeed!

Miranda is still heartsick over the way Perry left her just like that. Breaking her heart as he moved halfway around the world. Now she finds herself gearing up for a competition to become a high priestess and wouldn't you know it, it takes place in Paris, the very city Perry ran off to.

But nearly instantly danger strikes and two of the competitors are murdered, before they even began the competition back in the States. Burnett is there along with Shawn, who happens to have a soft spot for Miranda. It seems all the girls are in the midst of a love triangle, yet Kylie's is already resolved and things ended happily on all accounts. Della still harbors feelings for Steve and Chase and that's one triangle I can't seem to figure out who to root for! And the same goes for Miranda's here as well. I was all for Perry in the beginning, but his breaking up and leaving Miranda hurt me like it hurt her. And then when the two finally meet again, it's like Perry wants things to go back to the way they were before. He's learned to control his abilities and he's ready to play boyfriend again, and this angered me.

Shawn on the other hand is a sweet guy. I can't decide if I am totally team Shawn yet, but I have to say I was rooting more for him then Perry. I don't like that Perry thinks he can try to make things up and be Miranda's boyfriend again lickety split. It's aggravating!

Moving aside from the romance, there was yet another shocking reveal in this one. I refuse to touch on it, but all we can say it was jaw-dropping! 

Familiar faces make appearances in this one, it really ties the two companion series together in a way. I wish Lucas could've been in it, but alas, this is not Kylie's story so there was no need for him. The pacing to this one was great! It was a tad slow in the beginning, but really it was just the starting point, the pace never faltered after that and it was excitement after more excitement!

The only thing about the ending I didn't like was the romance was never really resolved. Miranda still has her choice to make. And it's killing me not knowing which guy she will choose. Will she return to Perry after he broke her heart and expects things to go back to happy romance time or give Shawn a try...and there's more to Shawn then I'm telling you, but I'll let you experience that for yourselves! So my burning question now is, will Miranda's story be resolved in Unspoken or will she get another novella?! And since I read this in ARC format that means the wait for knowing the answer will be that much longer! Grr...

Overall Rating 4.5/5 stars--basically because of how things ended with the romance and the not knowing and the not knowing of when we can see it resolved resulted in a minor .5 takeoff. But other than that I loved this novella! As I do with all the Shadow Falls books!

Spellbinder releases June 30, 2015


  1. I read the first three of the shadow fall series and I really enjoyed reading them! Can't wait to continue them and read the this novella as well, eek! XD Glad to hear you enjoyed it!!

  2. I haven't read the entire Shadow Falls series, so that's on my list to finish. I heard about Della's story, but I didn't know Miranda was getting her own. Thanks so much for sharing!!

  3. I haven't started this series since I have so many to finish, but I love a good witchy read and hope to get to this series at some point. Thank you for the review.

  4. I haven´t read this series, so I need to buy Born at Midnight, soonish.
    Adriana @ Reading Fictional


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