Sunday, June 3, 2012

Spell Bound (Hex Hall #3) by Rachel Hawkins


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?

My thoughts:
At the end of book 2 I just had to know what was going to happen, so I logged on with my Kindle and bought book 3.  Unfortunately the first night I was too tired to get very far.  I changed that the next day when I managed to finish the rest of the book.  I am a little sad as I think this might be it for the series.  Things wrapped up pretty well by the end, but that doesn't mean there isn't more that could be done.  According to Hawkins blog, Disney bought three books and her plans were to wrap things up by the end of book three, but she isn't against doing a bit more playing around with the world that Sophie lives in.

The end of book two was so tension filled that I was very glad that I waited until now to read the books since I was able to read them pretty much right after the other with no waiting in between.  While I love finding series when they are new, waiting for the next book can be hard and trying to keep track of each different set of characters and worlds they live in can start to get confusing, so there are times when procrastination pays off!

Sophie is without her powers at the start of this book, they are buried inside of her locked away by the spell she underwent before her removal was to take place.  She steps out of the Itineris to find herself in the forest with the Brannicks, who she thinks are the enemy of all Prodigium, but Cal has sent her there to find her mother so she trusts him and goes.  Turns out that not all is as it seems.  Someone high up in Prodigium society has been spreading rumors that are far from true about humans and those hunting Prodgium.  Just as someone has been raising demons on Graymalkin Island, right by Hecate Hall, not all the fires and destruction blamed on the Branicks and The Eye have been done by those groups.

Just as they are developing a plan of action, Sophie, Archer and Cal find themselves being magically transported back to a very different Graymalkin Island and Hecate Hall.  A spell has brought all the students back to create a force to take over the human world.  During the planning and battles that take place, a few things happened that made me pretty sad.  Archer learns the truth about his past and Cal sees what will be his future.  Sometimes knowledge is a good thing, but that doesn't always lessen the pain in can cause.

This series was really well done. I was glad to see on her blog that she is supposed to have a new series starting this summer as I really did enjoy her writing style and her way with characters.

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423121329
  • Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
  • Publication date: 3/13/2012
  • Pages: 336
  • Series:Hex Hall Series , #3

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