Published by St. Martin's Griffin on June 30th 2015
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Thrillers & Suspense, Young Adult
When magic, romance and family secrets collide, the result is spellbinding!Miranda Kane has always felt like a screw up--at least when it comes to her ability to wield magic. Her only sanctuary is Shadow Falls camp, where she's learning to harness her powers as a witch. But thanks to her shapeshifter boyfriend who called it quits and ran off to Paris, both her heart and powers feel broken. When she unexpectedly lands a top spot in a spell casting competition in France, she flies out with her best friends Kylie and Della. But her trip takes her straight into the heart of a dangerous supernatural mystery--and a heated romance. What Miranda doesn't expect is for her investigation to unleash shocking revelations...about herself, her family, and her arch enemy. Now Miranda must step up and show everyone that she's a witch to be reckoned with....before it's too late.
Whenever C.C. Hunter writes a new novel or novella based in the Shadow Falls World, I always want to get my hands on a copy. Luckily, I got approved for her newest novella, Spellbinder, through NetGalley. As always, this story did not disappoint.
The Shadow Falls series followed Kylie as she discovered who she was and learned more about the supernatural world. The companion series, Shadow Falls: After Dark, followed Della, the spunky vampire with anger issues. Miranda, their witchy friend, has always been part of the stories and added an extra flare to her best friends’ stories. I couldn’t wait to delve deeper into the world again and see it through Miranda’s eyes.
With multicolored hair and quick wit, Miranda fit perfectly into the trio. However, I’ve always been curious how her mind worked. All of the books in this world are told in third person limited, so I only knew what Miranda thought but not her direct thoughts, per se. Of course, that’s how third person works. I like the writing style, and it worked, and continues to work, with this world.
I would love to read more about Miranda’s character. One trip to Paris and a few love issues only skimmed the top of the possibilities that I can imagine for Miranda. Whether or not Hunter decides to write a series for Miranda, this small taste of her character’s tumultuous life is definitely worth your time. If anything, it’ll get you ready for the final book in the Shadow Falls: After Dark series.