Monday, March 12, 2012
"Spell Bound" by Rachel Hawkins
Age Group: Young Adult
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* This is the final book in a trilogy, so if you have not read the first two books and don't want to be spoiled on anything, don't read any further!
I had the strong urge just to smack my hands down on the keyboard a couple of times and hope that whatever came out would accurately express to everyone how excited I am about this book. Of course, I like my computer, so I decided not to abuse it. GUYS! THIS BOOK! I've been a little bit fangirl crazy over the Hex Hall series, I mean it's got lot's of magic, mean girls, cute boys and so much funny! The final book in the trilogy was an excellent ending to the series and I think it's the fastest I've read a book in ages.
SPELL BOUND starts off right where DEMONGLASS left off. We find Sophie as she's spit out of the Itineris and trying to determine where she's ended up. After a run in with a werewolf and a little help from the unlikliest of sources, she ends up in the Brannick compound. That's where the crazy really starts. Sophie learns some shocking truths about the world she's become a part of since she first started at Hex Hall and without her powers she isn't really sure where she fits in at this point. There are some serious things brewing with the Casnoff sister's and Sophie knows that they need to be stopped, but getting to them is a lot easier said then done, because Graymalkin Island and everything on it has disappeared.
Let's talk a little about the boys, shall we? As I might have mentioned before, I was not a fan of Archer at all in book one. I know he was supposed to be the dreamy guy and the perfect fit for Sophie, but I just didn't buy him. I was firmly on Team Cal by the end of the first book and while Archer grew on me a little in book two, I was still a Cal gal (see what I did there...hehe). In book three we see a lot from both guys and by the end of the book I was rooting for either one, but mostly I was rooting for Sophie and her happiness. Granted, getting to that happiness wasn't exactly an easy feat and even though we get a very satisfying conclusion, things aren't all butterflies and puppies, and we know it's going to be an interesting road ahead for Sophie and crew.
This book was probably the fastest moving in the series for me. There was so much going on right from the beginning and I couldn't put it down. Rachel Hawkins gives us tons of action, unlikely alliances, evil baddies, lots of good kisses and so much WIN! Seriously, as soon as you can pick this one up, do it! This was such a great conclusion to Sophie's story and I'm glad I got to go on her journey with her. And there might be a character or two, who were introduced in this book, that I wouldn't mind reading more about in the future *hint, hint*.