Spellbinding – Maya Gold


Author: Maya Gold

Rating: 3/5


There’s more than one way to be powerful . . .

It is during a routine school project that Abby Silva–sixteen and nearly friendless–makes a startling discovery: She is descended from women who were accused of witchcraft back in 1600s Salem. And when Abby visits nearby Salem, strange, inexplicable events start to unfold. Objects move when she wills them to. Candles burst into sudden flame. And an ancient spellbook somehow winds up in her possession.

Trying to harness her newfound power, Abby concocts a love potion to win over her longtime crush–and exact revenge upon his cruel, bullying girlfriend. But old magic is not to be trifled with. Soon, Abby is thrust headlong into a world of hexes, secrets, and danger. And then there’s Rem Anders, the beautiful, mysterious Salem boy who seems to know more about Abby than he first lets on.

A reckoning is coming, and Abby will have to make sense of her history–and her heart–before she can face the powerful truth.


The story begins with Abby, snoozing away on a school bus and having a nightmare of drowning after being accused of being a witch. She has been suffering these nightmares (along with headaches) since she turned sixteen.

Abby’s a stereotypical teenage girl. Her crush is the stereotypical teenage boy that is basically God’s greatest gift in the eyes of the crushee, but oh, wait! He’s dating the evil queen bitch with an IQ of seven. Who saw that coming.

Not to mention, the evil queen bee hates Abby, because she is so insecure and Abby, a girl who can’t even stick up for herself, likes Queen Bee’s boyfriend.

But wait! There’s more! (Do I sound like I’m trying to sell you something from a lame infomercial?)

Love triangle!

Remy, or Rem, or Rapid Eye Movement boy, is quite LITERALLY the boy of Abby’s dreams! Obviously this must mean there’s an epic love ahead, because we’ve all dreamed of some hot guy we didn’t know and then met him someplace! That’s never happened before in the history of books, ever.


Rem is cute and mysterious, but also holding a lot of secrets. As he should, do you know guys who tell you everything in five seconds? Not I. Anyway, Rem, like our other YA heartthrobs snoozeboards, always happens to show up.

Now! Let’s get back to Abby and her powers. Abby discovers during a school genealogy project that she is a witch… in fact, a descendant of Dorcas Good. Which, could be a great plotline, if it was executed well. Alas.

While being a perfect student and doing research she finds a spell book hidden behind a library book. In this, she finds spells, including love potions!

Because that’s always worked SO well.


I feel like I’m six years old again, watching Teen Witch on telly. Seriously, even pop culture tells you that never works. Teen Witch, The Craft, Love Potion #9, etc.

And that Abby feels no guilt towards using her powers to basically mind-rape her perfect teenage crush?

I just didn’t like Abby. Not only for the love spell, but she automatically loathes her dads new girlfriend (understandable, but she was actually very nice). She’s incredibly selfish.

And of course, on Prom night, Abby looks super beautiful with her super beautiful date and everything is so super beautiful until…. evil queen bee ambushes her in the bathroom and spray pants her dress and cuts her hair until she’s bald in places.

Yano. Just because we needed reinforcement that the queen Bee is a bitch.

And then, for the climax of the plot….

…. nothing happens.

She invokes her powers and time goes back just a bit before and everything’s super dandy. Phew. Now, time for Rem and Abby to set sail into the sunlight on a yacht or something, for our happily ever after!

This gets three stars because the writing wasn’t terrible, just the characters and the plot and everything else.

I received this title as an ARC from NetGalley in order to read and review this book.

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  1. What a coincidence–I’m reading a Maya Gold book!


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