I was extremely lucky to receive this book in exchange for an honest review
March 15th, 2012
You can see my review of Witchy, Witchy. . . here,
With Nicholas gone and Justin fighting for his soul, Calista attempts to get back to a normal life. But when Ana reveals a shocking secret about the family's past, and Callie discovers the most important truths in her life are lies, she is faced with a devastating choice. . . One that will change everything.
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance/Fantasy Romance
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
If you read my review of Witchy, Witchy (book 1 of the Spellbound trilogy), then you know that I liked it, but was not swept away. Well, that was not the case for Kiss The Crystal Sun!
Calista has grown from a character that was somewhat likable to completely lovable, she alone grabbed my attention as she proceeded to grow into a commendable young woman. I desperartely wanted to love Witchy, Witchy and Calista, but now I know why I couldn't. It was all a process, something that had to be laid out in such a way for Kiss The Crystal Sun to knock me off my feet. At least, that's how I see it. She still doubts herself, but she carries herself with more confidence. She starts asking questions and demanding answers, something that she didn't do in Witchy, Witchy. She relies more on her instincts, she has more suspicions. Calista has become a fierce character that fully swept me off my feet, with changes that flow seamlessly with the story, never unhinging it.
Penelope King captures the essence of each individual character so that the reader feels connected to them. She breathes life into them so that they become vivid in your mind, staying with you well past the last pages. These aren't two-dimensional characters. Their expressions, their mannerisms, nervous ticks, the way they hold themselves; all the trivial little details jump out at you because you know them. Again, at least that's how it was for me. I wouldn't know these characters so well if it wasn't for Witchy, Witchy, the book that gave me all the information I needed before things started getting a little crazy. Crazy good.
The plot line, I feel like I shouldn't even get into it. It's something that you will have to read to experience for yourself. Just know that my heart was pumping, the blood was rushing to the surface of my skin and at one point, I thought I was having a heart attack. Penelope King definitely knows how to write a story that can reel in her readers and have them (literally) on the edge of their seats. My mind was in a constant whorl. Ah, and the romance. . . it's there.
If you are looking for a fun, thrilling new trilogy to start, then look no further. The Spellbound trilogy is bound to take you on a magical adventure with great characters and heart-stopping romance. Suitable for most YA readers.