Spellbound by Julia Goldhirsh
Published: August 8th 2019 by Julia Goldhirsh
Source: Paperback, 122 pages
Summary: (from Goodreads)
An enchanted Rose spellbound to a greenhouse prison.
Cursed to live within the glass walls of a greenhouse for her entire life, sixteen-year old Rose has finally reached her breaking point. She had to escape before she lost her mind. But life outside the protective glass was filled with perils of its own.
When she met Gabriel, she thought she’d finally found a savior. But neither was aware of what lurked inside him. Someone was pulling the strings from the shadows. With darkness on the horizon and danger lurking around every corner, Rose must escape the greenhouse, but at what cost?
How hard could it be to break out of a glass cage?
If you like devious nymphs, bloodthirsty curses, and fairytales with a dark twist then check out “Spellbound,” the first in the Spellbound mini-series.
Trigger warning– The main character does deal with abuse in the book.
Rating: 2/5 stars
**I received a physical copy of this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.**
Okay, so sadly, this was not for me. I thought that the premise sounded interesting, but it just was not well done. I don’t want this review to come across that this is a bad book, necessarily, but rather just a book that needs a bit of work.
The writing of the book did not really have any flow to it. It was very choppy from one chapter to the next, which made it hard to read. It was such a short novella, but still, it was hard for me to get through.
I wanted to like the characters, but they’re just so bland. Rose was pretty petty and Gabriel just had no emotion. I don’t know, I just couldn’t connect to either of them. And honestly the relationship between the two made no sense. There was no growth at all, and no explanation, either.
Same for the storyline, there was no explanation on why things happen, which was frustrating. I did read that this is the first in a mini series, but I still think we should have had some kind of explanation for some of the things that happened and the reasoning for why things happened the way they did.
I will say that the premise, as I said above, was intriguing, which is why I accepted the book to review to begin with. I think the biggest issue is just inexperience. I think that Julia had a great idea going with this. It may also be just a matter of needing more constructive criticism from editors.
I really don’t like to leave bad reviews because I’m ALWAYS Team Author. I want authors to do well and help books get traffic, so I hope with this review, it may just help to have a few changes made to make the novella even better.
Thanks so much to Julia for sending me a copy of your book to read and review.
Thanks for reading! (: