This book was suggested by my book club...definitely not my regular genre but was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed the story and characters! Fantasy isn’t so bad after all. – Reviewed by Laura via Amazon
Spellbound is very captivating I loved this book all the way to the end! Spellbound by far for me is one of the best books I have read in a long time! This is a page turner... I'm ready for book 2!!! There has to be a sequel!!! I recommend this book highly!!! – Reviewed by Littlekitty2002us via Amazon
I met Shannon at a Witches’ Night Out in Lebanon, Illinois. My daughter and I purchased Spellbound and neither of us could put it down! Pretty sure we both finished it in a couple days!! Can't wait for the second book to come out and see what happens next with this crazy family! – Reviewed by C. Foster via Amazon
How long till we get a sequel? I loved this book and it left me hanging wanting to know the next piece... witches and spells and young love oh my! – Amazon Customer via Amazon
Book #2 please!!! From beginning to end it was awesome! A must read for fantasy lovers. Spells, witches, vampires, & ghosts! We simply must have a second book, too many loose ends to stop now!
It was awesome, I love you Chuckie! – Reviewed by Cynthia M. via Amazon
I am one who needs my attention kept when i read or watch movies. I read the whole thing within 2 days! i am an actual witch and it kept even me with a nice eyebrow raise and head nod at the details yet it was not at all like a boring educational tool and yet it still had its own deep sultry mesmerizing sensual learning tact mystery all in a nice rolled up neat package and i kept turning the pages! it won't disappoint! – Reviewed by Elizabeth Manthey via Amazon
AMAZING book!! I cannot wait for the second one! Could not stop reading it! I met the author while at witches’ night out and she was so sweet! – Reviewed by Alicia via Amazon
If you like the Twilight series, you will one this book!! Can’t wait for #2!! – Reviewed by Mark Landreth via Amazon
This book is AWESOME! Truly AMAZING! I cried at the ending. I did not see the ending coming and I normally figure endings out. If you loved Twilight, you will love it! It has everything! Witches. Vampires. Ghosts. A MUST READ!!! – Reviewed by Amazon Customer via Amazon
Hi guys, I am back and through the magic of post scheduling, I am here for the second
time this week to bring you another review. This time the books is another one from the stable of Words Matter Publishing books: Spellbound by Shannon Simpson. This book follows Ashlie, a witch both blessed and cursed with amazing powers and an incredibly slow aging process, who, after returning to a town from her childhood, falls into love that is both dangerous, and exciting. Let’s get started.
First Star: Avoiding Exposition
Given all of the details that were crammed into this book regarding witches, their aging process, how the magic worked, and the considerable history of the characters I was really impressed with Shannon and her ability to avoid the curse of exposition. There were a lot of buried mysteries within this book and each one that the main character followed revealed a little more about the world without Ashlie ever sitting down with Ye’Olde Book of Witches to tell us all about it. Easy star here.
Second Star: Characterization
I am a big fan of some of the older shows like charmed and bewitched, which I started watching for the magic and finished watching for the heartwarming, and heart wrenching, family moments. Shannon has done an excellent job here tugging at my heart strings, no more so than the main character’s best friend Stephenie, a ghost bound to the house that Ashlie lives in. Stephenie’s powers seem like a cruel trick as she hears everything with her telepathy, even the unspoken cruelties Ashlie never intended to say aloud. Another easy star here, and no I am not crying. Honest.
Third Star: Concept
I have said it before and I will say it again, that trying to come up with something unique in fantasy without being unique for the sake of it is difficult. Spellbound doesn’t tread any new ground in terms of fantasy, but I feel like this was done on purpose by the order. The advantage in this is that these familiar elements distract less from the journey of the main characters and open the book up to a wider audience. What I will mention is I love the inclusion of the awkward side-effects of slow-ageing. Rather than ignoring it there are some amusing moments where the main character describes looking the approximate age of a toddler for almost a decade, points for inclusion.
Fourth Star: Plot
Ah, this is the moment where this book really shines. I love the mystery elements of the book as the character tries to uncover the mysteries of the place she’s arrived in, this strange boy that has here all a flutter, and indeed the mysteries of her own long life. The longevity that Shannon has given her main character works perfectly here as it allows elements of Ashlie’s own life to reappear even after all these years and be woven into the story with ease. It takes a sneaky author to get me reading romance willingly, but Shannon impressed me all the way with this plot. Another star easily.
Fifth Star: Technical Ability
It goes without saying at this point that the books produced by Words Matter Publishing are of an excellent quality, right up to the gorgeous cover for this book. As for Shannon’s own abilities they have really impressed me right through this book. It felt like every little detail, no matter how small, always ended up being important and impacting the book further down the road. I love it, it was awesome, job done.
And there we have it, four stars well earned, thank you for tuning in for this week’s double feature. For the moment this brings an end to my reviews. If you know any authors who would be willing to review trade with me then please encourage them to send a message and get involved. While I am waiting for more books to review, I will be working on the website and getting 9th Bridge into people’s lives.
Author’s note: Shannon is a lovely lady, and definitely wouldn’t have cursed me if I didn’t say nice things. Honest.- Reviewed by Marc Townsend
This book took me by surprise. Let me tell you about it. It’s Spellbound by author Shannon Simpson.
Ashlie is a 190-year-old witch who looks 18. Her best friend is a ghost. Aidan is a vampire who doesn't believe in witches. That's fine as Ashlie doesn't believe in vampires. The two meet at Enchanted Willows where sparks fly and Aidan almost makes Ashlie a mid-afternoon snack.
So much more than a love story, this is a tale of acceptance, family, and perseverance. Magic glitters, dripping from every page. You will be enchanted and entertained, as this mismatched pair stumble through their relationship. Look for more books about Ashlie and Aidan and even more surprises. - Reviewed by JJ
Simpson gives us a new twist on the perceived world of witches. 190-year-old Ashlie, who looks 18, has to go to school again and again and again. Moving every few years, she is always the new girl. Her powers cause her to blow things up, like future boyfriends and her best friend is a ghost. How much more trouble can she have!
This book is filled with unexpected twists and turns that will leave you bewildered and bothered as you search for a solution for Ashlie and Aidan’s love story. A great read with more surprises than a crackerjack box. No doubt a fun read! - Reviewed by Paula
This enchanting tale of love, magic, mystery, and sacrifice will keep you captivated. There's Ashlie a headstrong witch, Aidan a vampire, Steph a ghost, and others. This is the kind of love story we only read about so grab the tissues for you will get happy, be sad, laugh, cry, and even get angry at some of the antics in this book, so read on.
Is it fate for this love? For how long? Will love be enough? Once you settle in, you will be spellbound to the end when the spell is broken. I know l can't wait for the next one.- Reviewed by Carol
Being a teenager is hard enough but to be a witch on top of it is enough to make your head spin. But that is Ashlie Belle's world being a teenage witch in a new school. And when she met Aidan, her world turned upside down with love. Spellbound brings together all players from the supernatural in a page-turning novel about true love and friendship. A must read for the supernatural lover. – Reviewed by Michelle
Witches, vampires, ghosts so many things you never knew. Love can cross any border whether good or bad results from it. What an excellent love story. Definitely rivals Twilight. I think that Spellbound would make an excellent movie. Can't wait to see where love will take them. Can't wait to read Enchanted. Great storytelling really brings things to life (love life)- Reviewed by Ann