Monday, May 28, 2012

Spell Bound (Hex Hall, #3)

Spell Bound
Rachel Hawkins
327 pages
Publisher: Hyperion
Source: library

You can read the Goodreads summary here.

*This review may contain spoilers from Hex Hall and/or Demonglass.

Spell Bound is the third and final book in the Hex Hall series by Rachel Hawkins.  In this edition we find Sophie striped of her powers and facing the greatest challenge of her life thus far - Brannicks vs. Casnoffs.  She needs to find a way to get her powers back and Sophie will learn a lot about herself and her history as she faces this challenge along with her group of friends from Hex Hall.

Just like the first two Hex Hall novels, I was immediately pulled into Spell Bound.  I don't know what it is about Rachel Hawkins' writing, but I'm absolutely drawn to it.  I think a big part of it has to do with her voice and her character's personalities.  Sophie was as sarcastic and witty as always in Spell Bound and that kind of humor really appeals to me.  In addition to that, Hawkins does a great job setting a scene and laying out the plot.  Because of that I know I'll be eagerly reading anything she publishes in the future (including this!)

Speaking of the plot - what a page turner as usual!  Sophie finds herself all over the place in this novel, facing one task after another, stretching herself to the limit for the good of the cause.  I really admired Sophie for doing to right thing throughout the novel and for being so brave.  She even admitted at one point that she needed the hugs of her mother, but at the same time she faced the danger at hand head on.  Gotta love a spunky, sarcastic, brave, butt-kicking heroine!

The love triangle from the first two novels comes to a head in Spell Bound.  While I didn't find the romantic tension as compelling as in Hex Hall or Demonglass, I was curious to see who Sophie would ultimately end up with.  I wasn't disappointed with the way it was presented at all.  The book ended on a high note with what is, I hope, potential for a spin-off should Ms. Hawkins ever see fit... and I hope she does.

Four stars!  If you haven't started this series yet, I highly recommend it.  I got these books out of the library to read, but I loved them so much that I've decided I need to own them in hardback, so they're on my Christmas wish list now.  They're a great read for YA paranormal lovers of all kinds!

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