Sunday, May 20, 2012

Spell Bound (Hex Hall, #3) by Rachel Hawkins, Book Review

Hailed as “impossible to put down,” the Hex Hall series has both critics and teens cheering. With a winning combination of romance, action, magic and humor, this third volume will leave readers enchanted.

Just as Sophie Mercer has come to accept her extraordinary magical powers as a demon, the Prodigium Council strips them away. Now Sophie is defenseless, alone, and at the mercy of her sworn enemies—the Brannicks, a family of warrior women who hunt down the Prodigium. Or at least that’s what Sophie thinks, until she makes a surprising discovery. The Brannicks know an epic war is coming, and they believe Sophie is the only one powerful enough to stop the world from ending. But without her magic, Sophie isn’t as confident.

Sophie’s bound for one hell of a ride—can she get her powers back before it’s too late?

Title: Spell Bound
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Publisher: Hyperion Children's Books
Pages: 327
Release Date: March 13, 2012
Source: Publisher
Format: Hardcover
Rating: 5/5

It's finally here--the conclusion of the Hex Hall trilogy!  At first, I was really depressed that this wonderful world that Rachel Hawkins had created was all coming to an end, but after finishing the book, I felt that the ending was justified and brought closure to the reader, but left enough room open so that the very fabric of the Hex Hall world didn't feel like it was really ending.

I loved Spell Bound, and it was one of the best concluding books that I've ever read.  I laughed (a lot) and cried (a lot), but I knew the end was near, and it was time to let the Hex Hall world go.  I really enjoyed the characters--actually, the characters are what initially bonded Hex Hall and myself together--Sophie, Jenna, Archer, and Cal are so funny and they have such different personalities that sometimes they clash but that's just what makes them such a great team.

I loved seeing Sophie grow and mature over the course of three novels, and her hard work and dedication to choosing good over evil and fighting the dark forces of magick really paid off in this book, which made me really happy.

If you haven't read Hex Hall yet, then you definitely should, because I can honestly say that I've never experienced a world quite like it.  To put it simply, it's like a big mesh of Harry Potter and House of Night, with a bunch of unique elements on its own.

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