Review: SpellBound by Rachel Hawkins

Hex Hall #3

SpellBound by Rachel Hawkins, UK edition cover.

Title: Spell Bound (Hex Hall #3)
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Publisher:  Simon Pulse (29th March 2012)

Sometimes Sophie Mercer wishes she could go back to before she started Hex Hall, the school for magical Prodigium. In one year she’s gone from average girl-next-door to discovering she’s a demon with extraordinary powers. And, just as she is starting to get her head around that, the Prodigium Council strip away her magic and kidnap her friends, leaving her defenceless and alone.

Now, stranded at the mercy of the Brannicks, a family of warrior women who want to destroy all Prodigium, Sophie could really use a little magical help. But the Brannicks have a few revelations of their own, and Sophie’s world is turned upside down . . . again.

Can Sophie find her friends, regain her powers and take on the bad guys and win? Or will this final battle be one step too far?

Rating:**** (4 stars)


SpellBound is the third book in Rachel Hawkins’s fantastic Hex Hall series. We see Sophie continue her journey – did this start just two books ago – with lots of twists and turns along the way.

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Review: Raising Demons by Rachel Hawkins

Hex Hall #2

Raising Demons by Rachel Hawkins, UK edition cover.

Title: Raising Demons (Hex Hall Book 2)
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher:  Simon Pulse (28th August 2010)

Sophie Mercer’s first term at Hex Hall was quite eventful. First, her evil grandmother’s ghost haunted her every move, then her best friend was accused of murder and, finally, Archer Cross (aka The Boy Of Her Dreams) turned out to be an undercover demon hunter; which would have been fine, if Sophie hadn’t been the demon he was hunting . . .

Sophie is hoping for a quieter summer, but as she’s spending it with her dad – who just happens to be Head of The Council if Prodigium – at the headquarters of all-things-magical, that’s not going to happen. And, as she struggles with her new demon powers, Sophie finds herself surrounded by dark magic and conspiracies. The only way things could get more complicated would be if Archer Cross appeared again. But he wouldn’t . . . would he?

Rating: *** (3 stars)


Raising Demons is the follow-up to Rachel Hawkins’ debut novel Hex Hall and the second book in the Hex Hall series. The story begins a semester after the events of Hex Hall.

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Review: Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins, UK edition

Title: Hex Hall
Author:  Rachel Hawkins
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher: Simon and Schuster (1st April 2010)
Source: Local library.

When sixteen-year-old Sophie Mercer discovers she’s a witch, she imagines life will be full of magic, fun and . . . well . . . broomsticks! But her first attempt at a love spell goes disastrously wrong and, as punishment, Sophie is shipped off to Hecate “Hex” Hall, a reform school for witches, shapeshifters, and faeries.

By the end of the first day among her fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard: three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, a creepy tag-along ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person on campus and the only vampire.

Worse, Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students and her only friend is the number one suspect . . .

Rating: ***
(3 stars)

Hex Hall is Rachel Hawkins debut novel, and tells the story of Sophie Mercer a 16-year-old with magical powers. Things go a little wonky, and Sophie finds herself shipped off to reform school and a world she knows little about.

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