Book Review: ‘Spell Bound’ by Rachel Hawkins #TakeControlTBR #WWRC13


Book Cover Spell Bound Hex Hall #3 by Rachel HawkinsRating: 3.5

The Low Down: Sophie Mercer hasn’t been stripped of her powers; well, they’re still there, but they are pretty much boxed off somewhere inside, unusable. Somehow, she gets through the portal, and is…well, somewhere. Which she guesses is better than nowhere. Except that she’s lost everyone she loves when the demon girl, Daisy, burned down Thorne Hall. Before Cal (still her fiance, but still not her boyfriend) ran back inside to try and save her father, he told her to get to the Brannicks’ compound, because her mother was there.

Of course Elodie is still tied to her, so at least she has (silent yet snarky) company. Once the Brannicks find her, they are surprised to learn who she is. But that doesn’t mean they’re nice to her. But the biggest surprise awaits: her mother tells her that she is a Brannick herself. One of those demon-killing, rid-the-world-of-evil Brannicks. Great.

So now Sophie has met the rest of the family, been introduced to a warlock in a mirror named Torin and told them all what has happened at Thorne Hall. As they start to form a plan to stop the Cassnoffs from turning all prodigium into demons, Sophie is sucked back to Graymalkin Island and Hex Hall where she’s trapped along with all of her former classmates, including some she wasn’t expecting. Are they all doomed to be turned or do they have to release Sophie’s powers to save themselves? And if her demon powers are released, which side will Sophie be on?

Best Thang ‘Bout It: This whole series has been great. Super entertaining, different enough to be something new, and well-worth reading. The characters are all well-developed and the storyline stayed interesting to the end. Sometimes trilogies can peter out toward the conclusion, but that didn’t happen here. I would definitely recommend this series and read it again myself.

I’m Cranky Because: The ending left some things untied, but maybe the author wanted some room to do another volume or, perhaps, a spin-off series.

The Bottom Line: If you enjoy characters that are a little snarky, a bit of romance and some great action, then this series is for you.

Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins was published March 13, 2012 by Hyperion, an Imprint of Disney Book Group. Ink and Page picked this book up from the library, so no one had a choice about whether it was reviewed.

Genre: Young Adult Fiction Fantasy Paranormal Romance Series
Ages: 12 and up
You Might Want to Know: Nothing of note

Other Reviews:
Wicked Awesome Books: 3.5 of 5 Stars (@Nikkayme)
Magical Urban Fantasy Reads: 5 of 5 Stars (@bookluvrmindy)

Find the Author:
Author’s Website/Blog
Author on Twitter (@LadyHawkins)
Author on Facebook

Buy the Book:
Abe Books
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Hyperion Website (an Imprint of Disney Book Group)
Twitter  (@DisneyHyperion)

See my previous reviews of books by Rachel Hawkins:
Hex Hall (Hex Hall #1)

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