Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins {Kelly’s Review}

Posted 24 July, 2013 by Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal / 10 Comments

Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins {Kelly’s Review}Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins
Series: Hex Hall #3
Also in this series: Hex Hall, Demonglass
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
Pages: 288

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?

A satisfying ending to Sophie’s tale.


My Thoughts on Spell Bound

Rolling into the final book in this series, I had some fears. That’s right – FEARS! Books 1 & 2 left me a little frustrated at the lack of answers Sophie was getting from the people who should have been supporting her the most (her family, her teachers, the Council) and I was worried that this would carry over into this final installment. While there was one fairly big thing dropped on her that really should have come up AGES ago (but which was hinted at pretty heavily in the previous books, so it wasn’t so much a surprise), most all the answers that Sophie needed were laid out for her when she needed them. That’s right, my friends, there were a whole lot less secrets and a whole lot more booty-kickings this time around.

Down with the secrets, I say!

*ahem* Right. When last we left Sophie and crew, things looked bad. BAD. Things like fiery death and magical removals and potentially dead friends (hint: that means that book 2 ended on a cliffhanger. Just so we’re clear.). Book 3 picked up with Sophie firmly entrenched in her usual snarky comebacks, dangerous misconceptions being corrected, and a glimmer of hope that someone other than her sassy self survived the fiery inferno from whence she escaped. (Oh, man, I’ve always wanted to use that phrase somewhere. This is AWESOME! And entirely accurate.)

Simply put, this was a fantastic ending to the series. Sophie and her allies have to learn to work together to win against the big, bad witches who are trying to drop a demon army on an unsuspecting populace and things don’t always go smoothly. The core crew reunite at the most appropriate times. Steamy kisses are exchanged in the library with the lead pipe. No, wait. That was Colonel Mustard and it was the conservatory with the gun. No, wait. That’s not right either. Suffice to say there was kissing. On multiple occasions. It was good.

Oh, yeah, and there were a few tear-jerker moments. Just sayin’.

Overall, I had fun with this series. It entertained me. It had bad things happening to good people and good people fighting back against it. It had kissing. ALL GOOD THINGS!

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Filed under: ESR: 8, Paranormal, Review: Kelly, YA,


10 Responses to “Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins {Kelly’s Review}”

  1. Oh, yeah. Book 2 definitely DID end on a cliffie — I was so irritated (though I actually expected it. middle book and all.). But, because of my irritation, I haven’t finished this series. Not that I don’t like Sophie and her snark and smarts but I just haven’t gotten around to it!

  2. I’ve seen this series around for a while, everyone has been talking about it and I’ve been on the fence. I guess I’m cheating by waiting until the last book has been released before jumping on this series…but I’ve officially added the first book to my TBR list. :-D Thanks for the great review and I’m happy that you really enjoyed the ending. :-)

  3. This one was my favorite in this series too, the drama was minor and the action was supreme. But my favorite part was the answer, finally Sophie has some answers.

  4. I have been putting this off for a long time. I really need to just finish this series already because the cliffhanger after book two was a killer and I’m starting to forget all of the details. Must read soon!

    Glad there was a lot of kissing to keep you satisfied :)
    Thanks for the great review!