Jacob Z Flores is an author whose name has been on my wish-list for a while now, which is why I jumped at the chance to review Spell-Bound.
The novel has a combination of romance, danger, mystery, suspense, magic and that hint of sex; meaning that though it is primarily written for a Young Adult audience, it also easily crosses-over.
From the book’s title and the series’ name we know that Spell-Bound is centred on a magical family – but the Blackmoors are more like the Malfoys than the Potters. Jacob Z Flores is careful to define the differences between witch, wizard and warlock, the varying types of magic each possesses and the prejudice this causes,
‘ “How can gray magic remain neutral if it is constantly influenced by white or black? How could white magic promote spiritual connections if tainted by the selfish nature of our ways. For that matter, how would our black magic fare if we didn’t focus on our individual wants or needs? In order for us to remain stable, and for this world to persist, we have to exist as we are.” ‘
Mason is considered to be deficient in the eyes of his brothers and father because he is unable to control his magic. Yet this also means that Mason is one of the most likeable characters in the novel. He has none of the arrogance of his brother Pierce or the piousness of Thad. Mason proves that he is thoughtful, genuine and loyal, despite being part of one of the most powerful black magic families.
In contrast to the evil which threatens Havenbridge, Jacob Z Flores gives us Drake and Mason’s relationship which though intense, also has a sense of innocence with both young men agreeing to proceed slowly although Mason is certain of one thing,
“Whatever existed between us went deeper than just wanting to jump each other’s bones. It was almost magical, as if from the moment we met, Drake and I had been spell-bound.”
I loved everything about this story, particularly the fact that at no point does the plot slow down or weaken. Spell-Bound is already listed as one of my favourite books of 2015 and I know that Jacob Z Flores is an author I will read more of very soon.
Mason Blackmoor just can’t compete with his brothers, much less his father. They represent the epitome of black magic, strong, dark, and wicked, and though Mason tries to live up to his respected lineage, most of the spells he casts go awry. To make matters worse, his active power has yet to kick in. While his brothers wield lightning and harness the cold, Mason sits on the sidelines, waiting for the moment when he can finally enter the magical game.
When a dead body is discovered on the football field of his high school, Mason meets Drake Carpenter, the new kid in town. Drake’s confident demeanor and quick wit rub Mason the wrong way. Drake is far too self-assured for someone without an ounce of magical blood in his body, and Mason aims to teach him a lesson—like turn him into a roach. And if he’s lucky, maybe this time Mason won’t be the one turned into an insect.
Not surprisingly, the dislike is mutual, and Drake does nothing to dispel Mason’s suspicion that the sexy boy with a southern drawl is somehow connected to the murder.
If only Mason didn’t find himself inexplicably spell bound whenever they are together, they might actually find out what danger hides in the shadows.