Monday, May 7, 2012

Book Review: Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins

Title: Spell Bound (Hex Hall, #3)
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Hyperion
Hardcover, 327 pages
Date Published: March 13, 2012
Source: Publisher
Description (Taken from Goodreads):
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?
After reading Hex Hall and Demon Glass at a frenetic pace, I was eager to devour Spell Bound; and I did. I flew through Sophie’s story just as I had her previous ones, but I somehow this one just didn’t live up to the others. Don’t get me wrong, there was still plenty of action – maybe too much at times – and plenty of funny – you can never have too much funny – but the story just didn’t click the way it did in Hex Hall and Demon Glass.

Sophie’s thrown into a lot of drama, which is normal for her, but this drama comes to a head very quickly. The action is almost non-stop and that made me miss the little moments so much. I missed Sophie’s relationship with her parents, I missed the sweet, sexy Archer, I missed Cal and his adorably protective nature, and I missed the always hilarious Sophie/Jenna banter. All of that is still there, but there in much smaller doses.

I still enjoyed the book…it would be hard not to considering how quickly I fell in love with Rachel Hawkins story, but I had some issues with it. My biggest issue had to be how convenient everything was. I kind of hated how easily some things worked out; how all of sudden everything was okay. Then there was the romantic aspect that I LOVED before. Some of it was quite stilted this time around and I wasn’t okay with how some things turned out. I’ll go so far as to use that word again: it was convenient.

All in all though, Spell Bound wrapped up a fantastic series fairly well. Readers will get everything they wanted out of it (and some things they didn’t) and can look forward to the spin-off next year to answer those questions that were still scratching our heads about.

Opening line: There are times when magic really sucks. ~ pg. 3

Favorite lines/passages “But honestly, Mom? Right now, I’m so happy to see you that I wouldn’t care if you’re secretly a ninja sent from the future to destroy kittens and rainbows.” ~ pg. 29

 Some might consider this next one a little spoilery, so be warned!

There was so much I wanted to say to him, but didn’t even know where to start. Cal, I think I love you, but I’m maybe not in love with you, even though kissing you was pretty boss was maybe one approach. ~ pg. 182
More like a 3.5
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.

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