Title: Spellcaster (Spellcaster #1)
Author: Claudia Gray
Publication Date: March 5th, 2013
Summary (from Goodreads): When Nadia’s family moves to Captive’s Sound, she instantly realizes there’s more to it than meets the eye. Descended from witches, Nadia senses a dark and powerful magic at work in her new town. Mateo has lived in Captive’s Sound his entire life, trying to dodge the local legend that his family is cursed – and that curse will cause him to believe he’s seeing the future … until it drives him mad. When the strange dreams Mateo has been having of rescuing a beautiful girl—Nadia—from a car accident come true, he knows he’s doomed.
Despite the forces pulling them apart, Nadia and Mateo must work together to break the chains of his family’s terrible curse, and to prevent a disaster that threatens the lives of everyone around them. Shimmering with magic and mystery, New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray’s new novel is sure to draw fans of the Hex Hall and Caster Chronicles series, and fans of the hit CW TV show The Secret Circle.
A magical adventure that is complete with a villain and rich in diversity. Spellcaster by Claudia Gray is an amazing fantasy novel that will satisfy its readers, yet leave them hungry for more.
One of my favourite things about Spellcaster is the villain, Elizabeth. Normally, readers don’t read about villains described so well that they develop a strong hatred towards that character. Claudia Gray does just this in her gripping young adult fantasy. Gray does such a phenomenal job of creating such wicked plans for Elizabeth, the book’s villain, to torture the main characters with and plans for those characters to stop her. I personally love a good villain in a book, so I fell in love with Spellcaster.
Adding to a long list of things that I adored about Spellcaster, it is also diverse! One of the main characters, Mateo, is Mexican, which we don’t see a lot of in YA. He even works at his dad’s Mexican restaurant, which is a popular place in the book for the students to hang out. There is even another character, Verlaine who has two dads, another topic that is rarely explored in young adult literature. This book also takes a stand against racism, when one of the characters is planning to dress up as a “sexy geisha girl” for Halloween, complete with mocking eye makeup. Mateo then tells her that treating someone else’s race as a costume isn’t right. I love diversity in books, so this was right up my alley.
Another great thing about Spellcaster is the genre. It is filled with magic and witchcraft which is different from other books I’ve recently read. Spellcaster, however, is a cross between a contemporary and a fantasy. I really enjoyed how this book is set in a high school, yet contains lots of magic and supernatural powers. Spellcaster was a refreshing surprise.
Spellcaster is a light, easy read that will go by quickly. If you are in need of a realistic, yet fantastical book, Spellcaster is for you!