Saturday, April 7, 2012

Spell Bound (Hex Hall #3) by Rachel Hawkins

Spell Bound (Hex Hall, #3)
Good Rads Summary

Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins

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 Thoughts
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Unfortunately, Spell Bound didn’t leave me feeling what I did after I'd read Hex Hall and Demon Glass. Most of what I loved in those previous books was Archer and Sophie volleying witticisms at each other. Sophie in particular has a special place with me because she’s so consistently funny. However, I also loved the vibrancy of her relationships with others. By “others” I mean her and Jenna then her and Archer then her and her parents. This book just didn’t pack that much of a punch for me though. For some reason (and I still can’t put my finger on it,) I didn't feel the same enthusiasm for it or for its reveals.

Perhaps this was due to seeing less of them together. Or perhaps it was the introduction of a bunch of people who just didn’t click with me.  But overall, this left me wanting more of what I felt when reading books one and two.

Or maybe, some parts just didn’t feel right to me. The Cal-Sophie-Archer felt a tad too dramatic taking all three of them away from what I’d become used to expect from them. Previous books had me enjoying them getting to know each other: as with Sophie and Archer joking with each other. Or later her and Cal developing a friendship. Sophie’s interactions with them almost always left me feeling  refreshed by how  different her approach was. An approach that was not quite too serious, punctuated by me laughing every so often.  One specific thing I didn’t like: Cal. I found myself wondering if what did happen truly was necessary. It felt so pointless to me.

I’m not quite satisfied with how this turned out but Sophie’s still Sophie with her snark and humor. (I still love the first two books though.)


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