Spellcaster (international edition)

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9780062264381: Spellcaster (international edition)

When Nadia's family moves to Captive's Sound, she instantly realizes there's more to the place than meets the eye. Descended from witches, Nadia can sense that a spell has been cast over the tiny Rhode Island town—a sickness infecting everyone and everything in it. The magic at work is darker and more powerful than anything she's come across and has sunk its claws most deeply into Mateo . . . her rescuer, her friend, and the guy she yearns to get closer to even as he pushes her away.

Mateo has lived in Captive's Sound his entire life, shadowed by small-town gossip and his family's tormented past. Every generation, the local legends say, one member of the family goes mad, claiming to know the future before descending into insanity. When the strange dreams Mateo has been having of rescuing a beautiful girl from a car accident actually 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 terrible family curse, and to prevent a coming disaster that even now threatens the entire town, including Nadia's family, her newfound friends, and her own life. Shimmering with magic and mystery, New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray's new novel depicts a dark and unforgettable world of witches, curses, buried secrets, and star-crossed romance.

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About the Author:

Claudia Gray is the pseudonym of New Orleans–based writer Amy Vincent, the author of the New York Times bestselling Evernight series. She has worked as a lawyer, a journalist, a disc jockey, and an extremely poor waitress. Her grandparents' copy of Mysteries of the Unexplained is probably the genesis of her fascination with most things mysterious and/or inexplicable.

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High-school seniors Nadia, Mateo, and Verlaine attempt to stop a centuries-old sorceress bent on unleashing the ultimate evil in the beleaguered town of Captive’s Sound. Gray’s latest offering will create a new addiction for her existing fans as well as those soon-to-be fans looking for magic and love in a contemporary setting. This series opener introduces likable characters engaged in a seemingly unwinnable battle, a sweet but complicated romance between two of those characters, and the right amount of backstory about the main characters (the three high-schoolers, plus villain Elizabeth) to hint at exciting possibilities for the future. Aside from her skillful handling of details, Gray also offers a unique take on spell casting, which allows her to create moments of prose poetry every time Nadia performs an incantation. There is a nifty twist at the end that will delight readers getting pumped for the next installment. This one won’t stay on the shelf for long. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: The best-selling Evernight series shot Gray into the limelight; an author tour and heightened media outreach should help keep her there. Grades 7-10. --Cindy Welch

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