Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins

Title: Spell Bound (Hex Hall #3)

Author: Rachel Hawkins
Publisher: Disney Hyperion Books
Format: Hardcover, 327 pages
Date Published: March 13, 2012
Overall: 4.5/5
Source: Bought

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?


**Warning: Spoilers for Demonglass (Hex Hall #2). However, this review is spoiler-free for Spell Bound.**
And so it comes to an end. *weeps*
In the beginning of Spell Bound, Sophie finds herself at the Brannicks, a group of women who hunt Prodigium, after taking herself through the Itineris. There, she discovers the Brannicks want to use Sophie and her powers as their secret weapon to take down the Casnoffs, who are raising their own demon army. Only, Sophie doesn’t have her powers anymore, ever since the Council took them away in Demonglass. Sophie, along with the help of her friends, must find out how to get her powers back and take down the Casnoffs before they destroy everyone with their demon army.
I read Hex Hall at a time when I was really sick of reading paranormal books. I don’t know why I did that. That seems like a really dumb idea. I think my inner thought process must have gone something like this:
Crimson: Crimson, there are no good paranormal books left in the world.
Also Crimson: Yes, you are completely right.
Crimson:Let’s read Hex Hall and prove ourselves right.
Also Crimson:That seems like a logical and rational idea.
Crimson: *reads Hex Hall*
Hex Hall: *smacks Crimson upside the head* You are WRONG.
Crimson: *grins sheepishly* *falls in love with Hex Hall* *and Demonglass* *and Spell Bound*
Ah, dear reader, let me tell you. There is only one time I LOVE to admit I’m wrong, and that’s when it comes to books. I was wrong to think I wouldn’t like the Hex Hall series. I was wrong to judge an entire genre by a few duds I read in the past.
I.  Love. The Hex Hall series.
Why? Because the writing is great, the premise is unique, the plot is intense, Sophie is hilarious and has a real personality, the secondary characters are just as great, and the boys are hot (ha!).
The Hex Hall series is fun. It makes me laugh, it makes me want to be there. And yet, in between all that, it also manages to make me cry.
Spell Bound does not disappoint. Even though Demonglass was probably my favourite book out of the trilogy, I still really enjoyed Spell Bound. The plot kept me on the edge of my seat, taking twists and turns and keeping me guessing. I liked how everything was wrapped up in the end, tying up enough loose ends, but leaving enough questions open for the spin off series (and yes, there is a spin off series).
I liked Sophie’s interactions with her friends and the others. This is probably what made me fall in love with the series in the first place–the characters are great. Each character is so distinct, and that’s what makes me care about them. As well, I like how Sophie is willing is rely on the help of others. She knows she can’t solve this on her own (even aside from the whole Sophie-doesn’t-have-her-powers-anymore thing).
I liked the introduction of the Brannicks. Kind of. I feel like there is a lot of questions left open here, but I have a feeling that’s being left open to address in the spin off. Oh, how I’m hoping for a Brannick to be at the lead of the spin off.
There were some things I was disappointed about. Like, I didn’t think the writing and the plot were as tight as the previous two books. I thought the end wrapped the book up too quickly. I would have liked to see a little more action throughout.
But overall? I loved it. I would read this series again and again just because I love Sophie and the others so much. Great characters make great books, and the author gets that spot on.
I would recommend this book to paranormal lovers, YA lovers, those who love great characters, unique paranormal premises, and fun!
Fabulous Read, Highly Recommended
**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.**
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