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Spell Bound (A Hex Hall Novel) Hardcover – March 13, 2012
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Rachel Hawkins(www.rachel-hawkins.com) is theNew York Timesbest-selling author ofDemonglassandHex Hall. She was a high school English teacher before becoming a full-time writer. She lives with her family in Alabama. To the best of her knowledge, Rachel is not a witch, though some of her former students may disagree.
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Sophie is still the smartass that I absolutely love, after everything she has been though it has made her stronger and a little wiser. She still funny, witty and have the some of the best lines I have ever read. Soph has gone through some majorly bad s*** and the worst is nowhere near over. In Spell Bound Sophie is going to go through a lot more horrible stuff before she get her, I'm not going to say happily ever after because at the end of all the s*** that she and everyone else goes through I don't think that an happily ever is going to possible, but they get a decent ending.
Sophie ends up with the Brannicks and Cal, her dad and Archer are alive and they all team up to help stop Lara Cansoff's evil plan. The plot was excellent and everything flowed nicely and this book wrapped everything up.
Spell Bound had all sorts of supernatural creatures (of course), magic, quests, an truly evil plot, friends are made, there were family revelations and a death that was truly heartbreaking. So as you can imagine, I think Spell Bound was a really good read. I laughed (Sophie), cried, couldn't wait to see what happened next and thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
I did like how it was written it was a good change to what I usually read and I thought it was funny so I would recommend it
Sophie Mercer barely escaped Thorne Abbey with her life and now she's finds herself at the Brannick's compound searching for her mother. Only what feels like just moment turns out to be seventeen days that she's been missing in the Itineris, stuck in void space. Her mother thought she was dead and has no idea if anyone Sophie cares about survived the fire. When she learns her mother is a Brannick and they were depending on her magic to stop the Cassanoffs, magic she no longer has Sophie doesn't know what to do. Stuck at the compound with no magic and no word of those she loves Sophie must learn what happened to her father and friends and along the way she needs to figure out just how to stop the Cassanoffs from raising an army of demons to kill them all. She can't help but thinks getting her magic back will solve all their problems, that is until she learns that when she regains her magic she might not even up using it how she planned. In more danger than she's ever been before and without the power that has always been a part of her Sophie must discover who she is without her magic and if that person is strong enough to save everything and everyone she's ever cared about. Magic or not will she be enough to save them all?
It's always a little sad when a series comes to its inevitable conclusion as appears to be the case with the Hex Hall Series. So after just having read Spell Bound even though it was a phenomenal book, I'm feeling a little melancholy at the thought that there's doesn't appear to be anymore adventures coming for Sophie Mercer. I'm hoping that I'm wrong, but considering how nicely things wrapped up at the end of this novel that's doubtful. Like the rest of the Hex Hall Novels, the story is a well written, fast paced first person novel. The action begins at the very first scene and every page after is a mix of intense and danger filled action and extreme emotional turmoil. There are parts of the novel that are definitely heartbreaking as not every character we've grown to love makes it to the end of the series and even though we know before opening this novel that in the end our heroine has to prevail the fact that she doesn't make it through her ordeal unscathed is both realistic and heartbreaking. For much of the novel Hawkins does play a little bit with the love triangle she created in Demon Glass and as I'm not really a fan of the ever popular love triangle it did both me a bit, but she does manage to sort out the tangle emotions by end of the novel even if I wasn't exactly left feeling fulfilled by how it was resolved. This is less in my opinion a story of war, evil and magic and more a story of a girl finding who she is again when everything she knows is ripped from her. At the end of Demon Glass Sophie's powers were bound. She can feel them inside of her, but can't access them and even though all she wanted in Demon Glass was to have those powers gone she realizes they were a part of her identity. So she struggles a lot with who she is without the magic that have become like breathing to her. Learning her mother is a Brannick definitely turns her world upside down as she is drawn into the heart of what she's always known as the enemy only to learn she's a part of that. She's got the curtain pulled from her eyes as she learns how much of what she's been taught and told was nothing but lies. Add to that at the beginning of the novel she doesn't know if anyone she loves that was at Thorne Abbey even survived and you'd got one pretty messed up seventeen year old girl. If she weren't messed up enough, learning from a warlock stuck inside a mirror that she will be what decides the coming war pretty much tears her up inside. Torin, our mirror man, tells her he's seen two futures for her in one she'll be what stops the Casnoff witches in the other she'll be leading their army. Though Sophie doesn't believe this could possibly be true, she soon learns the circumstances that could cause it to be and also learns that as much as she wants her magic back it might not necessarily be a good thing. There's a sort of undercurrent going on between Izzy, her youngest Brannick cousin and Torrin as well that isn't really fully explained, which makes me hope we'll see future Hex Hall novels maybe from points of view other than Sophie's. Hawkins has created so many intriguing characters here that I can't help but notice the story potential in each of them and hope to see those stories played out in future works. Though she does reunite with her friends there's also a sort of shaky trust between all of them because of everything that comes before which needs to be ironed out and adds another interesting layer to the story. This is definitely a story that doesn't disappoint filled with adventure and enough emotion to put readers through the ringer as they experience with Sophie.
Hawkin's character development is as always stupendous. She obviously gives us a fully developed Sophie because it would be hard not to develop the character giving us the first person narrative. What's impressive about her work is how well she develops the outside characters. Elodie for one takes a major role in this novel even though she's a ghost. We watch as her character moves from angry dead teen to that of an emotionally involved friend and protector even though the character herself doesn't really want to admit it. Her character takes on new aspects in this book and grows tremendously. Though we're always on the outside of these character because of the first person narrative I also feel that Archer, Cal, Jenna, Sophie's parents and the Cassanoffs were really well developed. The new introductions of the Brannicks - Aislinn, Izzie and Finley as well as Torrin of the mirror came into the story as extremely well developed and distinctive additions. Like I mentioned above there's an untold story between Torrin and Izzy that I'm dying to learn. With the exception of the enemy whose motives might be explained but are still not likeable characters, Hawkins didn't really have a single character in this novel that it wasn't easy to get attached to. And as much as I enjoyed experiencing this adventure through Sophie I am dying for a book a that offers us one of their points of view. I mean there's Archer torn between what he is and what he's known -he's got story potential written all over him. The Brannicks, well that's just obvious about how juicy a story from them could be. Elodie could offer an extremely enticing narrative as well. The thing about Hawkins characters is that they're not all one thing or another and there isn't a single character introduced that doesn't have some sort of internal war going on. Plus let's face it I'm not ready to let the characters go.
Overall the third novel in the Hex Hall Series was amazing. It was a page turner from beginning to end and offered a smashing conclusion to the story arcs that have been brewing since Hex Hall. This is the type of novel that I feel spans generations and will offer appeal to readers from 12 to older than we want to admit. Yes it does include the young adult teen angst in full swing, but it also includes magic, danger love and sacrifice. It's a story of adventure and a story of a girl coming into her own. What it is most of all is a story that's not to be missed. Highly recommended.