Spell Bound – book review

Spell Bound - Rachel Hawkins

Spell Bound is the third book in the intriguing Hex Hall series, written by Rachel Hawkins.

Sophie Mercer once thought she was just an ordinary girl. Until she discovered she had the ability to do things that no one else could. Until she attracted too much attention to herself and was sent to Hex Hall, a reform school for Prodigium (witches, warlocks, faeries and shape-shifters). Until she found out she wasn’t even a witch… she was a demon. Sophie was just coming to terms with being a very powerful demon when the Prodigium Council stripped her powers and left her defenceless. Now powerless and afraid, Sophie has never been in more danger.

But Sophie is now at the mercy of the Brannicks, a family of warrior women who hunt the Prodigium. Well, that’s what Sophie thinks. That’s until Sophie makes a shocking discovery. The Brannicks know a war is coming. A war that threatens the destruction of everyone and everything Sophie cares about. The Brannicks believe Sophie is the only one powerful enough to stop this from happening. But without her powers, Sophie is unsure of how she could possibly make a difference.

For Sophie, everything is at stake. Can Sophie get her powers back before she loses everything?

From knowing nothing about this series and just picking up the first book because I thought it might be interesting, I’ve grown to love Sophie and the magical world around her. I hadn’t heard much about these books, but I’m so happy I made the choice to give this series a go. I completely fell in love with this series, and in particular, Spell Bound. I loved reading Spell Bound and I would happily read it again. Firstly, I’ve seen such a change in Sophie as this series has progressed. In the first book, Sophie was a bit afraid and she didn’t know how to control her powers. Now, Sophie has become such a strong, courageous person who understands how to use magic and is willing to sacrifice her own life for what she cares about. I really admire Sophie for her bravery and how she never gave up, even in the toughest of situations. From when I first saw Archer at the beginning of Hex Hall, I fell in love with him. He was funny, clever and constantly made me laugh. I felt like he was the perfect guy for Sophie. I’ve loved Archer for this whole series. But then in the second book, I got to know Cal a lot better. Unlike when I fell in love with Archer right away, it took me a while to really like Cal. He was sweet and nice to Sophie, sure. But I still thought Archer was… right for Sophie. However, the more that I read about Cal, especially in this book, the more I loved him. He was completely different from Archer, and yet I felt like he would also be amazing with Sophie. But by the end of Spell Bound, I have to admit that I liked Cal more that Archer… sorry, Archer! I just feel like Cal has always been there for Sophie when Archer wasn’t, and I know Cal could be trusted with anything. Cal’s such a kind, honest person and I believe Sophie deserves someone like that. Another thing I loved about this series it how many twists it had. When I first read Hex Hall, I thought this series was going to be a bit predictable because I could guess some of the things that were going to happen. However, the more I read, the less I knew what was going to happen. In Spell Bound, I could never have guessed what twists lay ahead. Spell Bound was really fast-paced and I was never waiting for something interesting to happen. I absolutely loved reading Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins and I’d give it a score of 9 out of 10. I can’t wait to read the Hex Hall spin-off series!

Hex Hall – book review

Hex Hall book

Funny, mysterious and alluring… Hex Hall is the first book in its series, written by Rachel Hawkins.

Only three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she’s a witch. She has abilities that she doesn’t completely understand how to control. Her mother is very supportive of her and tries her best to help her, even though she’s only a human. Her mother only contacts Sophie’s estranged father – who is an important European warlock – when completely necessary.

But then on prom night, a spell Sophie has cast has gone horribly wrong and caused too much human attention. Sophie is ordered to live at Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for defiant Prodigium (witches, fairies and shape-shifters). Knowing no one from the school and nothing of the magical world, Sophie has never felt more alone.

By the end of her first day at Hex Hall, Sophie has three powerful enemies, a crush on a gorgeous warlock, and a roommate who is the only vampire at the school and the most hated person on campus. But just when Sophie thinks her life couldn’t get any worse, she discovers a mysterious predator has been attacking students and that she could be next…

Overall, I really liked reading this book. I’m not sure why I decided to read this book and I haven’t heard much about it. However, as soon as I saw it, the front cover intrigued me and made me wonder what this book was all about. I love the front cover. When I started reading it, I wondered whether this was just going to be a copy of Harry Potter, except with witches. Little did I know, this book was completely different. The story grabbed me from the very first page and made me read on. I found in some places that things were either a little predictable or clichéd. I felt like I knew what was going to happen with the plot line. But then there were twists in the story that were so unexpected and that I could never see coming. This book had some very funny moments that I loved reading. I absolutely loved the characters. I felt really connected to Sophie. I liked how she knew nothing about the world of magic, because neither did we. It was great to have this magical world shown to us, rather than us just dropped into it, because I found it easy to understand how everything worked and what was acceptable. Sophie was a clever, amusing character and I loved seeing the story through her eyes. And when I met Archer… wow. He was witty, a little mysterious, and he was willing to help Sophie out in tough situations. I immediately thought that Sophie and Archer would be great together. Later in the book, I also found out more about Sophie’s family and the truth about what she really is. Because the rest of the book was a little predictable in places, that was a huge twist that I never saw coming. I thought that this book was a little short and I would have loved it to be a bit longer. However, I really enjoyed reading this book. I loved Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins and I’d give it a score of 8 out of 10. I’m already reading the next book in the series!