The Spellcaster's Trap (The Familiar Curse #1) by C.L. Bright

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In a world where spellcasters and shapeshifter are at constant war, is anyone truly safe?

Destined to be the future leader of the Heathergate Refuge, seventeen-year-old Juliet has lived a life sheltered from the dangers many shapeshifters face. She has never had to worry about being hunted by spellcasters—never had to fear being enslaved as a familiar.

One act of betrayal changes everything.

When Juliet awakens in a spellcaster’s trap, she experiences terror like none she has ever known. With no way to prove her identity, she has little hope of survival.

An enemy of her kind becomes her only ally.

Dante is more than a warlock. As a member of the Azuredale hunter family, he’s the last person Juliet should trust. He is her enemy, yet there is no denying the strange connection between them.

Will Dante be able to help Juliet return to the Heathergate Refuge to take her revenge on the traitors who left her for dead?

Or will their unlikely alliance end in tragedy for them both?

5 out of 5 (exceptional)

Okay, so where do I start? The Spellcaster's Trap is the first book in The Familiar's Curse series, and we start off with Juliet at seven-years-old, where her father tells her the story of how the shapeshifters and spellcasters war came to be. Fast forward ten years, and Juliet is now with her not-so-nice stepmother, who arranges for her to die. Simply put, that doesn't happen.

I LOVED THIS STORY! I was intrigued from the very beginning, and I loved the connection Juliet and Dante had. The acknowledgement of Romeo and Juliet made me smile, and I thought that both Dante and Juliet acted very maturely given the circumstances, knowing they couldn't be together. Did I want them to be? Hell yeah!!! These two NEED to be together.

History is often twisted and warped through time and, as is often said, is written by the victors. Having both spellcasters and shapeshifters acknowledge this point made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. That was a good thing because this ends with one helluva cliff-hanger that about killed me! I need the second book, like right now.

The pacing was perfect, the characters are fantastic - although not always in a good way! Nicholas, I'm looking at you!!! - and the world-building was awesome. There's simply no way I couldn't give this 5-stars. Absolutely recommended by me, and... when is book 2 out? Please?

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *


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Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, C.L. Bright is a hard-working homeschooling mom who loves music, cooking, and reading. Even with her busy schedule, she still manages to find time to explore her artistic side by writing tales of unique worlds.

A few middle school typing classes sparked her obsession with writing and launched her creative adventures. Since then, she has devoted herself to exploring the art of storytelling. For several years, she used a pseudonym to write adult romantic novels. When her writing piqued the interests of her daughters, she decided to venture into the young adult genre so they can also enjoy her books.

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