Book Review: Spell Bound by F.T. Lukens

Kicked out of the magical community when his grandma died because he doesn't have magic, Rook starts working for the sorceress Antonia, hoping for a way back in. But both Rook and Antonia are breaking rules, and when there's trouble with the Magical Consortium, Rook and Sun (the cute apprentice of Antonia's rival) turn to each other for help.

Book Cover - Spell Bound by F.T. Lukens
Title: Spell Bound
Pages: 333
My Rating: 4 Stars
More Info: Goodreads // Amazon // Publisher


*I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This has not influenced my review.*

This was so fun, and the romance was so cute!

The characters were so lovable and easy to root for. Friendly, sunshine-y, extroverted Rook. Prickly, slightly grumpy, introverted Sun. Both struggling with feeling like outsiders for different reasons, but both goodhearted. Both the kind of character you just want to hug, although Sun doesn’t like being touched by most people, so I’ll let Rook hug them for me.

There was a cute frenemies-to-lovers romance. They were never truly enemies, just apprentices of rival sorcerers (who weren’t truly enemies either). And Sun was closed-off with everyone, despite wanting to be helpful, that was just their default setting. But that wasn’t going to stop Rook! There was friendly, playful teasing. There was genuine empathy and understanding. There were sweet, helpful gestures. All with the occasional (increasingly more affectionate) grumbling from Sun. It was a lovely progression of feelings that felt very sweet, made all the sweeter by how lonely they’d both been before.

The magic was a lot of fun! Hexes, curses, and other spells, more on the silly side, rather than heavy. Very mild spoiler, *SPOILER* one character is turned into a cat! Cat Sun was delightful, chasing down lizards and whatnot. Imagine how great it would be if the person you were crushing on temporarily became an adorable fluffy cat. *END SPOILER*

There was casual queer rep. Sun is nonbinary and uses they/them pronouns. Their mentor does as well.

The story wasn’t action-packed, but it wasn’t slow either. It was focused on the characters learning about magic, growing as people, getting to know each other, and figuring things out, with a bit of tension and action sometimes popping up here and there. All of it kept my attention.

Last but not least, there was a lovely message about found family and finding people who love you for who you are.

Now for the aesthetics. Not only is the cover gorgeous, the dust jacket on the hardcover is SO SHINY! It reflects the light in such a cool way. It has a really cute back cover too. The hardcover itself is dark blue with pink font on the spine. (Pictures below. I had to use my phone, which isn’t the best, but hopefully you can still see how pretty the book is!)

Overall, this was a great story with lovable characters, fun magic, cute romance, and a lovely message about finding your place in the world!

*Rating: 4 Stars // Read Date: 2023 // Format: Hardcover*

Spell Bound by FT Lukens hardcover front. Art is Rook in a denim jacket and pink jeans holding a flashlight, walking behind Sun in a pink jacket and a snapback over messy hair with electric-looking magic in their hands. Behind them is a haunted house with glowing pink windows and dark green smokelike atmospheric coloring all around. The title is in pink letters.Spell Bound by FT Lukens hardcover front. It's tilted back so the light hits the cover, making part of Rook and Sun's clothes and hair and hat and the magic look almost white with shine. The green and pink in the background looks brighter and shinier too.Spell Bound by FT Lukens hardcover back. Art is the back of the haunted house with some bushes and tree branches and a pinkish cat leaping over the bottom right corner.Spell Bound by FT Lukens spine with no dust jacket. It's dark blue with the title, author, and publisher in pink lettering.


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  1. Becky @ A Fool’s Ingenuity

    I wanted to read this when you mentioned it before but now reading the review I know I have to read it. It sounds like the perfect magical read with some romance and there’s a cat! Even if it’s one of the characters temporarily as a cat I still want to see cats in books always. Im just sad there hardcover won’t be available here we’re just getting it as a paperback. It’s the same cover but a lush cover like this always looks better in a sturdier format with a pretty dust jacket.

  2. Roberta R.

    “All with the occasional (increasingly more affectionate) grumbling from Sun.”

    That’s such a nice book for you to win! Both inside and outside ????. I see the cat made it to the cover, too…

      1. Kit (Metaphors and Moonlight)

        Yeah most emojis don’t work anymore on WordPress blogs, I guess. It’s really frustrating, a lot of my posts now have a bunch of question marks. (I keep wanting to use emojis in my replies, but I know they’ll probably just turn into question marks too *cries*)

  3. Jessica

    I would want to be a cat, or a bird. I’m a afraid of heights, but I would love to see the world from up high.