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Wow! I¿m absolutely floored. Not that I expected to dislike Scho
Having read the Hex Hall series first, definitely makes it easier for one to ju...
Having read the Hex Hall series first, definitely makes it easier for one to jump into this new spin-off series. Although you could read School Spirits and then Hex Hall as a prequel, I wouldn’t recommend it. There’s a lot of big spoilers and terms like “prodigium” that benefit from a lengthier description given in the prior books. Also, it feels as though Hawkins is expecting us to have read Hex Hall first.
Isolde (Izzy), although not quite as sarcastically funny as Hex Hall‘s Sophie, is still highly enjoyable. She’s smart, innocent (teen girl way – not – won’t shank you in a dark alleyway way) and humble. Izzy has never really had that normal high school experience because she, like her mother, come from a long line of female monster hunters that travel a lot for cases. School Spirits felt like the melding of two of my favorite shows Buffy and Supernatural. You got the young high school girl trying to manage nightly slayings with nightly school work. Then you have the parent who drags their kid all over the states, hunting down supernatural creatures and never really establishing any lasting roots.
There’s a couple of boys on Izzy’s mind in School Spirits. Some are studs – and cliche – others duds. From the start I immediately swooned over Dex. Seriously! Where was a “Dex” when I was in high school?!!! Hilarious, cute and marching to his own drum, Dex wasn’t afraid to be who he is, or whoever the hell he wanted to be. He was a total dork but in that adorkable way. I loved his and Izzy’s interactions. Although she constantly needed to question his motives, it was sweet watching Izzy and Dex gravitate towards one another.
Sometimes in Hex Hall I got irritated because magic was an easy fix for things. I think part of the reason I enjoyed School Spirits so much was because of the old-school way Izzy had to handle the supernatural. It was physical and time-consuming. There was no *poof* all betters.
What I love most about Hawkin’s books in general, is how easily you can jump into a story. With the exception of Spell Bound which had left me with mixed feelings, Hawkin’s books are always perfectly paced and full of action. They’re exploding with humor, budding romances, suspense and danger.
I’m so excited for the books to come in this new series. School Spirits leaves off with a big mystery to be solved as well as an exciting new development to be played out.
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R u people all moms?
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They thought they were getting a break, far from it... how can y
They thought they were getting a break, far from it... how can you act normal when you know everything is wrong. after the loss of her sister, and her fatal move to the new city, she thought life would change, things were not as they seem.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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If you are already a fan of Rachel Hawkins¿ first series, Hex Ha
If you are already a fan of Rachel Hawkins’ first series, Hex Hall, I am sure you have been awaiting the arrival of anything she writes since the close of that trilogy last year. Full of wit, magic, mystery, snark and attraction, Book 3 answered all the important questions, but left a vacant spot that needed to be filled. Is her new series ready to occupy the void?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I can say, unequivocally (ha), yes and no. School Spirits is related to the Hex Hall series; it’s a companion, really, that mentions characters you met in Ms. Hawkins’ first series. It is not strictly necessary to read the first series, but it will be more fulfilling if you do
The mystery here is that Isolde “Izzy” Brannick’s sister, Finley, has disappeared during a routine assignment. The Brannick family are monster hunters, but ever since the Council ruled in favor of control vs. killing, they hand over perpetrators for punishment. Now, it’s just Izzy and her mom, Aislinn, and a big hole in their family unit. One they stopped talking about long ago.
So imagine Izzy’s surprise when Aislinn moves them to Mississippi to work on a simple ghost case. In their world, these are the easiest and fastest to solve. So why move? Izzy knows she needs to get her confidence back, and for the first time, she will attend school. Part of her really wants to experience this thing that is such a big part of most kids’ lives.
Looks like the best place to start is joining the student Paranormal Management Society. Great. These groups end up doing more harm than good in Izzy’s experience, though having actual friends for the first time is pretty cool. But what of Dex? When he shook Izzy’s hand, this guy who dresses to the nines, is handsome and snarky (the trifecta?), gave her a low-level buzz meaning Prodigium. Is Dex a monster?
Best Thang ‘Bout It: Rachel Hawkins’ writing style is my drug. She combines the perfect balance of mystery, intrigue, action, romance, excitement, wit and humor. Her books are never predictable and the paranormal aspect adds just the right amount of the unknown. This series’ mystery involves the missing Finley, which I am sure will arc over the entire trilogy. That is the mark of a good series writer; each book needs an arc that is solved, while the series itself has a bigger arc answered at the end. (You'd be surprised how many authors forget this!)
I’m Cranky Because: Of course I am going to compare this new series to her first. So far, Hex Hall is in the lead. Is it because I know those characters and their stories better? Perhaps. Maybe that’s why School Spirits, while very good, didn’t seem as powerful. It felt like there was more prep for what’s going to happen. I know, too, that Izzy is a different character than Sophie, so the storytelling might/should be different.
The Bottom Line: School Spirits has all the makings of a great series. I hope the Brannick family travels to different places to eliminate monster problems - that will be exciting.
School Spirits by Rachel Hawkins was published today by Disney Hyperion. A free copy of this book was given to Ink and Page in return for an honest review. Big thanks to NetGalley/the Publisher/the Author.
Genre: Young Adult Fiction Fantasy Paranormal Romance Series Companion
Ages: 12 and up
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Posted May 17, 2013
I want to thank Disney Hyperion for sending me a copy of this bo
I want to thank Disney Hyperion for sending me a copy of this book to read and review. I was very excited to receive it as I really loved the Hex Hall series and wanted to see where Hawkins would take this. Receiving this book for free has in no way influenced my opinion or review.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
So, first thing I have to say is how much I love this cover. Like the Hex hall series, I love how you see two sides of the main character; a reflection of how the character is torn between her life! And the colors are so pretty. I actually prefer this cover to any of the others so far from Hawkins. It's really quite beautiful.
If you enjoyed Hawkin's Hex Hall series, then you will definitely love this book. It's a totally different story, but if you know the other story you can see the connections. But you by no means have to read that series to be able to read this one. There's enough of a difference for it to e a totally different and engaging story.
Isolde, well, if you read the Hex hall series, you remember her a bit from the final book. She is Sophie's cousin, and she is a Brannick. I love Izzy's character. She is smart and witty. She keeps herself closed off to the world in order to preserve herself and her family. I love that she's so unique. She's not a paranormal being, but she does fight them! She's also different than any other teen: she's never been to a school, she doesn't own electronics such as a TV or cell phone, and she doesn't have any friends. So, when she's thrown into situations where all these things are now thrust at her, you can imagine she has a bit of a hard time adjusting. But she does a good job of it. She maintains her secret life while trying to blend in. But it's hard and she's is challenged by it daily.
The supporting characters are really great. There's Dex, kind of a geeky good looking nerd who quickly becomes a love interest for Izzy. And Romy, Izzy's new truly colorful best friend. Then there's Anderson, who is kind of a funny geek guy. They all adopt Izzy almost immediately when she enters Mary Evans High, and quickly become her clique. Finally, we are reintroduced to Torin, a character we met from in the Hex hall series. He's a warlock who lives in a mirror in Izzy's house. He kind of strikes me as the third leg of what could be a love triangle between her and Dex and him, but I'm not sure it's going in that direction. We shall see.
Hawkins does not go deep into this book. It's an easy read that doesn't require much thinking, which I really liked since I needed something light to read for review! She has an easy way with words and they flow evenly off the page. You see the witty dialogue you may have grown to love in Hex Hall, although I don't think these characters use it as well. The snark was just lacking. And, of course, there is a paranormal element that keeps you intrigued and wondering where the story will lead. And Hawkins throws in a slight twist at the end that involves Dex, which I have to say I saw coming but wasn't sure how she would present it.
All in all I enjoyed this book a great deal. It wasn't fantastic but it wasn't boring at all. There is a bit of a hurry at the end to wrap things up but still leave you with the chance that a second book is in the works. It's not a cliff hanger, but you are wondering why things happened and where it will go. I will definitely be moving on to read the next book in this series to see where it leads.