19 March, 2012

Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins

Spell Bound (Hex Hall, #3)
Spoilers ahead. Beware.

Name: Spell Bound (Hex Hall #3) by Rachel Hawkins.
Pages: 327.
Publication: 13th March 2012/Hyperion Book CH.Rating: ½
Buy It: Amazon | Kennys

"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?"

Following the cliff-hanger ending of Demonglass, we find a temporarily powerless  Sophie trying to make her to the Brannicks to find her mother on Cal's orders. However, after finding her mother, life gets a lot more complicated when secrets are revealed and people return...

For some reason I am stumped on writing a review on Spell Bound and I have no idea why. Deep down, I think it is because I have a few mixed emotions about the finale to Hawkins's Hex Hall series. It is my least favourite of the three books but that often happens for me, where the first of a series will be my favourite and the final book my least.

Spell Bound has a lot going on. You are thrown start into the action from Demonglass so I will tell you now, you will have to had read the first two books to truly understand what is going on. I read the first two and even I was a little confused about what was going on. That was mainly because I had completely forgotten what happened in Demonglass. Whoops! There was many scenes, such as Cal, her Dad, her mother's revelation that should have had more of an emotional punch, for lack of a better word. The book was moving at too fast a pace to even consider the effects of some of the actions from the characters.

I still love Sophie and her humour. There is some great one liners going in Spell Bound which I am ever so happy too see. I am glad to read that Sophie and Archer still have their witty banter matches. Those are usually lost in stories when characters become romantically involved.

I will admit that I was a little disappointed with the ending. It was pretty anti-climatic. It seemed as if the [SPOILER]  death of that certain character was a little too tidy. Their death pretty much cleaned up all the little messes created throughout the last three books.

Final Thought.
Definetely read Spell Bound if you enjoyed both Hex Hall and Demonglass. It has action, romance and humour even if it not top standard it is still, nevertheless, quite enjoyable.

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