Title: Spell Bound
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Series: Hex Hall Trilogy
Previous Book(s) Review(s):
1. Hex Hall
Date Started: December 11
Date Finished: December 12
Format: Hardcover from my local library
Everything that Sophie Mercer has come to know and love has gone up in smoke. Literally. The Thorne mansion where she has been staying all summer has burned down to the ground with her father, Archer, and Cal still inside and she doesn’t even know where her best friend Jenna is. The only thing she can do is go through the Iternis to the Brannicks like Cal suggested before he went back inside the house. Her mother, for some reason, is with them and she needs to be with her right now. The Iternis spits her back out, but she is shocked to find out that it’s been seventeen days since the Thorne mansion burned to the ground and the Casnoffs have declared her father dead. To add even more craziness to the fire, the reason Sophie’s mom was with the Brannicks is because she is a Brannick.
While unraveling the mystery that is her mother’s past, and trying to figure out what happened to Cal, Archer and her father, she must also come up with a plan to stop the Casnoffs from rising a demon army to ‘take over the world.’ Luckily, with Sophie’s reappearance Cal and her father find their way to her and so does Archer – although a little bit dramatically I do have to say – and they come up with a plan to go to hell to get more demon glass since that is the only weapon they can use against demons. Just as they are about to implement this plan, Sophie disappears from the Brannick compound and reappears at Hecate Hall. Only it isn’t the Hecate Hall that she’s known for the last year. It literally looks like a rundown haunted mansion and the other students – including Archer and Jenna – are just as confused as she is as to why they are there considering everything that has happened.
It turns out that the Casnoffs have the spell that can turn people into demons and who better to turn then the students? Sophie, Archer, Cal and Jenna have to find a way to stop the sisters while also trying to get Sophie’s magic unbound.
Sophie has quite the wit on her and the banters that she gets into with Archer and her fellow characters were downright hilarious to read. There were a few times at work on Friday that I had to stop myself from laughing out loud. The villain of Lara Casnoff was written very well, she appears sweet until she reveals her downright evil intentions. The twist that Nick and Archer are actually related was quite interesting and I’m still not sure how I feel about the ending, but…
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. This series has come a long way since book 1 and I’m glad that I stuck with the series. Archer and Sophie are just too darn cute. I loved reading about the growth in not only their relationship but also her relationship with her father as well. The book didn’t have a completely finished vibe to it, but the ending was pretty tidy all things considered.
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