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Monday, May 21, 2012

Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins

I can't believe I waited this long to write this review. I was waiting and waiting for this book to come out, because I love Rachel Hawkins writing.

Here's the summary from Goodreads: 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?

What I Liked: 1) A change of pace. Well, not really a change of pace so much as this book had a more serious feel than the first two. The humor was still there, which I loved, but there just wasn't as much of it as there had been in Hex Hall and Demonglass. The books have been getting progressively more serious as the storyline has been getting more series. Even so, Miz Hawkins still manages to insert some of her humor into the book. If you don't follow Rachel on Twitter, do it. She cracks me up. 2) Sophie. I've liked this MC from the very beginning, and it's been great to watch her grow. She started off being little naive, but the more she's had to deal with, the more she's grown up and respected people. The development through all three books for this MC has been wonderful, and even though she's lost a little of her humor, which I think came from being a little naive, you still like her in the end. 3) Cal and Archer. More hot boys. Of course, as with every love triangle, someone's going to be hurt in the end. I was happy the way this turned out, but I was also heartbroken at why it turned out that way. 4) The ending. This is the heartbreaking part. The ending is bittersweet, and while I understand it had to end this way, I was still saddened by one part of it. This is the part where I wish I could break down and just tell you all about it, but I'm keeping it spoiler free! Promises!! Another thing I want to say about the ending is that it isn't just one of those abrupt endings where the story just stops. No, this leaves you with a sense that their life is going on, even if you aren't reading it anymore. I love that about this book. 5) New characters. We're introduced to some new and interesting characters, the Brannicks in this book. And they have a little secret of their own - hee hee hee.

What I Didn't Like: The only thing I'll say is that the book is still a tad predictable. But not so much that it messes anything up.

 Overall Thoughts: Funny and emotional, Spell Bound will whisk you off into the magical world of the Prodigium from the very first page. Likeable characters and a fast-paced plot contribute to the exciting story that Rachel Hawkins has created here. I highly recommend Spell Bound and the whole Hex Hall series. It's a light, easy read with plenty to offer!

My Rating: 4 shots

6 comments:

  1. Great review! I have one up on my blog as well from a month or so ago.
    I'm really going to miss this series :( It was just a fun read that I really liked, I'm glad to see you enjoyed it too :)

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    1. I'm going to miss it too. It was definitely a fun break from some of the other "deep" stuff that comes along, especially with all the humor!
      Courtney

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  2. I just reviewed this also... I loved these books that's where my daughter got her name from lol I shall miss them!

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    1. Haha, seems like several of us just got this one reviewed! This series has been a lot of fun though. I can't wait to see what's coming next from Rachel Hawkins!
      Courtney

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  3. I liked the first book, but I never got around to reading the sequel. I should get back to it.


    I like your rating system!

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    1. All three are very funny, and quite fun to read, without taking a long time to get through. I hope you do get around to finishing this one up! And thanks, I like my espresso shots too!

      Courtney

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