Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins

Spell Bound (Hex Hall, #3)

Summary 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?

My review: 

First off, I just want to say that I really loved the cover of SB the most out of the hex hall series covers. The purple and the green go really well. I also love how the girl in the pool is always who Sophie could be. Powerful and evil. In the first book, the background in foggy and she's at hex hall by the lake. In the second book, the background is a street and a wall (possibly London or Thorne). In SB the background is grass and a wall, probably at the Brannick's place. The covers all relate to where Sophie is at literally and figuratively. And as much as I love cats, I have never understood why there is one on every cover. LOL

On to the actually book.

In SB Sophie meets the Brannicks, warrior women who hunt Prodigium. Sophie discovers the story of her mother and of her father and of her shared identity. As she's gotten a new identity in each book, in this one Sophie is a nervous wreck without her powers, trying to defeat the evil Lara Casnoff who wants to create a demon army.

Luckily, Sophie friend's--Jenna, Cal, Archer, and her dad have all survived Thorne and are able to help her as she journeys to the underworld (interesting place) to get demonglass to fight. The fight really isn't that big. What leads up to it is better. The ending is nice, but I won't spoil that for yall.

I didn't like Demonglass, but I did like Spell Bound. It's true for some trilogies that the second book is the weakest. Although not true for Pandemonium (awesome!) or Catching Fire (okay) and Mockingjay (*punches wall*)

I liked getting to see more of Cal and what Hawkins had in store for him. Elodie, the ghost from the first series, helps Sophie out a whole lot more and I enjoyed her part in the story. I liked the Brannick's and their history, but I wanted to know more about them and more about Sophie's parents.

I also wanted Sophie to end up being a kick-but warrior Brannick! Didn't happen, but she would have made a great one. Loved her humor and sarcasm--it really does make the books worthwhile.