REVIEW: Spell Bound

Spell BoundTitle: Spell Bound

Author: Rachel Hawkins

Pages: 337

Genre: YA Fantasy/Paranormal

Series: Hex Hall #3

Blurb: 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?

SPOILER ALERTS FOR PREVIOUS BOOKS AND FOR SPELL BOUND.

YE HAVE BEEN WARNED!

Review: Catching up on the last few reviews that I had saved up. I think this is the last one – after this I will have reviewed everything I’ve read so far this year. Whoot! That’s unusual for me! I was also very happy to have finished this book and cross another series off of my “Complete the Series” challenge for this year. Yay! Progress!

Now onto the book itself. I love this series. I really do. Each book has built up this story and this world so beautifully. There is always a concern with a series that the last book will fail to tie up the loose ends and answer the questions we need, but that was definitely not the case with Spell Bound. This was an excellent way to end the trilogy and a fitting end to Sophie’s story.

Also, it is still really weird talking about a character named Sophie, since that is my cat’s name.

Speaking of Sophie, she has had to deal with so much throughout this series! First, finding out about the Prodigium and coming to terms with her powers. Then finding out that she’s actually part demon, not a witch at all. Then meeting her father, a demon who she had never actually met before. Her relationship with Archer and his subsequent betrayal of the Prodigium. It’s . . . a lot. Really. And now she has had her magic taken away from her as well. It’s so impressive that she never gives up. I would be a blubbering mess at this point.

Another interesting relationship we learn about is with the Brannicks. This family was mentioned in the very first book as one of the groups who hunted down Prodigium members and killed them, much like the Eye. They were evil villains who would never, ever be someone who would help a witch/demon/Prodigium person. Except . . . that’s not entirely true. Turns out that Sophie is related to them through her mother’s side of the family. And they aren’t all evil. True, they don’t like Prodigium at all, but they have their reasons.

This book has a lot of twists. The Brannicks, presented as the bad guys, are not all bad. And the good guys, particularly the Casnoffs, turn out to be terrible people who are raising demons to do their bidding. It’s twists like this that keep this book series so engaging and fun. You never know exactly what to expect. I love that in a book. Plus, I have always loved books set in magical schools, so this series scratched that itch for me. The subsequent books, particularly this one, take that school setting and rips it apart to create something awesome. I was so glad that I picked this series to finish this year. It was a blast to finally finish it.

GoodReads rating: 5 stars, baby!

You can also check out my reviews for the first two books of the series:



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