Title: Spell Bound (Hex Hall #3)
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Release Date: March 13, 2012
Talk about terrible timing…Just as Sophie Mercer has come to accept her extraordinary magical powers as a demon, the Prodigium Council strips them away. With her powers locked inside her, Sophie is defenceless, alone, and the at the mercy of her sworn enemies--the Brannicks, a family of warrior women who hunt down 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 so sure.The only known spell that can help Sophie regain her magic is at Hex Hall--the place where it all began, and now the headquarters of the evil Casnoffs. Together with her best friend, vampire Jenna; her boyfriend, Archer; her fiancé, Cal (yeah, her love life is complicated); and a ghost for a sidekick, Sophie must battle an army of demons. But even with her friends at her side, the fate of al Prodigium rests on her shoulders alone.Sophie's bound for one hell of a ride…Can she get her powers back before it's too late?
It was only recently that I finally started reading Rachel Hawkins' Hex Hall series. I loved the first two books so I was really eager to see ow it all came together in Spell Bound. So when my library hold on the book came in, I started reading right away and didn't stop until I was finished.
After narrowly escaping from the burning Thorne Academy, Sophie Mercer finds herself with the Brannicks, a family of women dedicated to killing Prodigium. Except Sophie quickly discovers maybe they won't be so intent on killing her. In the meantime, Sophie still doesn't know if her dad, Cal, Archer and Jenna made it out of Thorne Abbey alive and she has no way of getting in touch with them. But most important, Sophie and the Brannicks need to find a way to stop the Casnoff sisters from raising more demons. But that might be difficult if Sophie can't find a way to get her powers back. And when everything goes down, Sophie will be in for one hell of a battle.
With the Hex Hall series, I have loved each book more than the previous one, and that continued with Spell Bound. Right from the first page there was something going on and, like with the other two books, the action doesn't stop until the very last page. With Spell Bound, there were definitely some parts of the story that I saw coming, but that never stopped me from enjoying the story and getting carried away with the characters. One of my favorite parts of these books is the humor that Rachel Hawkins throws into the story. The whole time I was reading, I had a smile on my face, I just couldn't help it. And it was like that until the end, which is you ask me, was a great one. I couldn't have asked fo a better ending to the story, which leaves the door open for potentially more to come.
There is nothing not to love about Sophie Mercer and her friends and family. My favorite thing about the characters is the level of snarkiness and sarcasm that comes from them. As a sarcastic person myself, I can't help but smile when they start going back and forth between each other. And all the different relationships between the characters also just put a smile on my face. Of course, I also love the characters themselves. I can't help but love Sophie and her parents, the way they are with each other just warms my heart. And where the boys are concerned, I love both Archer and Cal and I was, for the most part, happy with how things turned out for both of them.
In Spell Bound, Rachel Hawkins wrote a fantastic conclusion to her Hex Hall series. This is a series I highly recommend and it will put a mile on your face when you read it. I also can't wait to see what will happen with the spinoff book. I am all for another story in this world and with some of these characters.