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Posted June 9, 2013
Wow! I’m absolutely floored. Not that I expected to dislike School Spirits, I just had no idea I’d love it THIS much. I think I loved this book even more than Hex Hall. There. I said it.
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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Posted August 20, 2013
I was a little upset that i wouldnt read about wat would happen to shopie and archer, and their love triangle, but then i started reading this and even tho im a little sad about losing shopie and archer, im lovin izzy and dex <3 and im very interested in were fin went? Is she alive? If so, were did the witches take her? And i love how izzy i takin this school to a whole world of crazy and unexplainable things. Love this book and the others, cant wait for new ones, love jaybird
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Posted June 14, 2013
I liked the Hex Hall series, but I really love School Spirit. Izzy is an interesting and fun character because she knows so little about "real life" and we get to experience her own wonder and struggles with things we take for granted. Dex and Romy are two other characters who made me laugh, smile, and sometimes cringe.
Favorite line: "I have questions. They are legion."
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Posted July 5, 2013
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Posted May 15, 2013
Seriously you dont hae to make your reviews soo long just say what you liked then say why u dont have to make it 3-5 pages long just talking about the authors techniugues and blag blah blah all that other junk you " moms" talk about or whoeverb weridos u r. By the way i made it one star because tgats how much i hate your reviews
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Posted March 12, 2014
Posted January 10, 2014
ITS SO NASTY
PEOPLE ARE HERE BEING IGNORANT AND DISGUSTING?
GET A LIFE INAPPROPRIATE PEOPLE PERVERTS!!!!
ALL WE NOOK READERS WANT IS TO READ REVIEWS ABOUT THE BOOKS, SO THAT WE HAVE AN OPTION OF READING THE BOOK OR NOT.
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Posted November 20, 2013
*Robyn stares at Kellen*...Kellen?! *he looks at the desk*...what? *she holds up six bottles of different pills* You really want to go through this again?! *he keeps looking at the desk*...*Robyn grits her teeth*...Look at me. NOW. *Kellen looks up trying not lose his temper* What? *Robyn stares at him* Im getting you help. Whether you like it. Or not. Youre getting help. Period. *Kellen stands and towers over her* Its my life. I can end it if I want to. You cant control me. You cant make me do sh<_>it. *Robyn glares into his eyes*...Am i supposed to be scared? *Kellen suddenly has her up against the wall cravking it slightly* *Robyn bites her tongue and keeps from trembling from fear* *Kellen leans in close and growls*...Now..ask me that again. *his husky voice has an edge to it* *she stares into his eyes and he stares back for a moment*...*he backs up after what feels like forever and walks out slamming he door*
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Posted October 25, 2013
This is actualy a book I checked out of my school library out of boredom and didn't expect to love, but I did. Its got a realistic storyline and I would love to hear more about izzys life and find out what happens with her sister and especially with dex
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Posted July 24, 2013
Posted August 1, 2014
You people keep saying things about izzy i have not read the book yet wth happened to sophie and archer and finn this is madness these bookes are about sophie not izzy is sophie in any part of itWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 17, 2014
Posted March 17, 2014
Posted March 1, 2014
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 seemWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 24, 2014
This was a fabulous read. I was surprised to have gotten it in the mail, but I was super thrilled when it showed up on my door step. I have never read the Hex Hall series, but this still looked really interesting to me and like something I may want to try out. I've always been a big fan of supernatural books, and this was really hit it on the head.
For starters, I loved that it stuck with the covers like the original book series "Hex Hall" Nothing aggravates me more than when book series changes around the covers. But I digress. I suppose the biggest reason that this book scored a little lower than it would have was that I felt the entire book was written in cliche's. One of the things that stuck with me when I took a creative writing class was how you need to avoid cliche's, once in a while its okay, but every other paragraph had some kind of cliche. It was really irritating.
I really loved the characters that we were introduced to including Romy, Anderson and Dex. I sort of wish that Izzy had opened up to them earlier and talk to them about what was happening in the school. I really liked Izzy although she seemed to have no idea what was happening in the world around her outside of the magic.
I wish that her mother had stopped being so cagey about everything. What she was doing about Finn being missing, her different activities, all of it she was so cagey about and I feel that when its just you and one of your daughters, you can't afford to keep things from each other. Especially when one of them has already gone missing. I think the same also goes from Izzy to her mother even though she was a lot more up front about some of her problems.
I liked the whole ghosty problem that they had, it was a typical haunting but its own in a few ways. Then again, doing a ghost story isn't terribly hard, but making it special and creepy is important. I liked that this book wasn't so much with the creepy as it was with just being thrilling. I was on the edge of my seat wanting to know what was going to happen next. It was a terrifically fast read, and clearly there is more to come which I can't wait for. In the mean time, maybe I'll hit up the Hex Hall Series. (But probably not because as it stands, I have 200 unread books without adding new ones.)
Posted January 7, 2014
Posted January 7, 2014
I liked the book a lot. As a mom the plot was very predictable, but appropriate for a young teen reader. My 5 kids loved the book and can't wait to pre-order the next in this series.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 1, 2014
Posted December 31, 2013