Spell Bound (Hex Hall Series #3)

Spell Bound (Hex Hall Series #3)

by Rachel Hawkins, Cris Dukehart

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Overview

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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781452608679
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date: 07/30/2012
Series: Hex Hall Series , #3
Edition description: Unabridged CD
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 5.50(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 12 - 14 Years

About the Author

Rachel Hawkins (www.rachel-hawkins.com) was a high school English teacher before becoming a full-time writer. She lives with her family in Alabama. To the best of her knowledge, Rachel is not a witch, though some of her former students may disagree.

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Spell Bound (A Hex Hall Novel) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 231 reviews.
doggis More than 1 year ago
Great Book. Should be made into a movie. enjoyed it immensely.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I seriously just called Barnes and nobles customer service because I thought I was missing a hundred plus pages on my nook download....of Hex Hall..Demonglass....only to find out no...Rachel Hawkins left her loyal readers with the biggest cliff-hanger I have ever encountered in all my joyous readings...I can't wait for Spell bound to hit the shelves I will be front and center getting my copy! Rachel Hawkin's is an amazing author! I love her whitty characters and her writing style in general!!! Ill be awaiting my copy of Spell bound and I truly hope she continues the series past 3 books!!!!!
luckyrox More than 1 year ago
This is a must read series! I read book one and two in one sitting. They were just soooo hard to put down. I can't wait till this one comes out!!! I'm going to pre order it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the trilogy for the most part; Hex Hall and Demon Glass were really good and well written so I couldn't wait for the third book. But after reading Spellbound, I was very disappointed. It seemed as if the author rushed through the book. There was so much more I wanted to know; we learn many things in this book but are still left with many questions of why things happened and what led up to them happenning, as well as leaving me with questions about different relationships. Hopefully the author will decide to write a fourth book. She needs to..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved all three books right up until the author said "Whos guidence and wisdom hopefully helped me stick the landing." Makes it seem kind of final. Like there is no chance of another one. And with the ending the way it is... What with the eye still out there and the school opening again...AND the whole new council thing... If this really is the end off all hex hall i would say the landing was quite...shakey. No way did you stick it. And now i say this..in the nicest way i can... MAKE MORE.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I totally love Archer! He is the best guy ever, And he really loves Sophie, and it was so sweet when he protected her. When he showed up at the party, my heart stopped. My favorite Archer lines are: "She was right. I did want to spend the ball with you." And "And I'm done pretending I don't want you." I might be a little in love with Archer, which sort of stinks since he's fictional. But I've been team Archer all the way through!
DanceBree17 More than 1 year ago
I really like the way Rachel Hawkins writes. Her characters all have good dialog, and some funny bits thrown in between the snark(the Star Wars references were gut busting!!) But Sophie was, and still is, my fave character. She is just what every girl thinks they would be in her position. She is strong when she has to be, deals with things by cracking jokes and acting as if shes not taking anything serous. But when things happen, she steps up and really shows her strength. There are some really touching parts of this book, and more than a few times I had to wipe away tears, but the ending is good, a little sad, a little touching, but all the main threads are all tied off. I just wonder if there is going to be any more of Sophe and the others. I kinda hope so, because I hate to say it, but i will miss Hex Hall.
Some_Reading_Required More than 1 year ago
I was very eager to get my hands on this book! I instantly became addicted when I discovered the first two books Hex Hall and Demonglass a couple months ago. Sophie Mercer, our heroine, is not only strong-willed, she is also extremely funny. She’s one of those characters who in dire situations, make the hard decision of sacrificing oneself in an attempt to save their beloved ones. However, no matter the situation, she always is the one to lighten the mood with a witty or sarcastic remark. Plot: Spell Bound picks up right where book 2, Demonglass left off or so you’d think… Sophie jumps into the Itineris (magical traveling portal) in hopes of finding her mother, however with Sophie’s powers temporarily bound, the portal has trouble digesting her presence leading to a 2-week loss of time. Landing in enemy territory, powerless and desperate, and with only Archer’s demonglass sword, Sophie’s in quite the quandary. As if her father’s demon-genetics weren’t enough to grasp, she’s now got a whole new set of problems. Not only are the Brannicks not what they appear to be, Sophie learns that she shares an interesting commonality with this fierce group of Amazonians. Also, a warlock trapped in a painting (Hex Hall’s version of mirror mirror on the wall) is proclaiming that the coming, good vs. evil war will be determined by Sophie’s stance… Thoughts: So far I’ve been pretty impressed with the Hex Hall novels. In the beginning I was very hesitant to finish book one because I felt like the general plot was a bit shallow. However, part way through the book there was a progressive-shift. Not only did a slightly sinister and darker atmosphere develop it also allowed more depth and originality to break through. PROS Lots of witty dialogue courtesy of Sophie (What’s life or death situations without a little snark?) A few new, fierce, and lovable characters (Don’t let your guard down around a small Brannick girl, she may just whip out a blade and try to shank you, repeatedly…) Sacrifices are made (Granted this particular character was a favorite… I’m happy to say their death was for the greater good or some mumbo-jumbo like that) Elodie’s story has a happy ending (Anyone seen ABC Family’s Teen Spirit? Pretty much Elodie pulls a Amber and ends up with a peaceful afterlife) CONS Although I’m not one for long and drawn-out series (Seriously House of Night!?) I think Hex Hall could have benefited from either a longer book 3 or a book 4. The story itself played out rather fast towards the end. Throughout the “big” battle I felt like someone was anxious to get to the end so they whipped out a remote to fastforward the story. The Eye of God (who’s purpose is to eradicate all supes) was played up to be this big bad, however they never really got their shining moment or basically any moment. They’ve appeared here and there a few times but then this giant battle occurs that could decide the fate of humanity and they’re what, napping? I hope you find my own snarky review of this book enjoyable, it’s all in good fun! – Sophie has inspired me . All in all this is a cute and quick trilogy, perfect for the beach or lounging on the deck.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the book, hate the ending so much it hurts! Grrrrrrr...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
THE SUMMARY HAS SO MANY FREAK'IN SPOILERS!!!!
Blender-P More than 1 year ago
I've read the entire Hex Hall series and enjoyed it very much. Although it does have the done and done again romance triangle, it managed to pull it off without making me entirely disgusted with any of the 3 characters. This is a story full of creativity in a surprisingly unique world (considering paranormal fantasy is fairly common now) and I consistently liked, and enjoyed reading about, Sophie and her friends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book more!Couldnt put it down I agree of this becoming a movie,it would be epic on screen!!!!!!! Cant wait for next book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was really good. More romance than the other two books. Toward the end it was sad but it was bittersweet the last few pages. A must buy for anyone! I cant wait until the 4th installment for this series.
millett23 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Once I started this book it was like I just ended the last book. I was a little worried because there was so much time between reading the last one, but it was like no time had pasted. This book had me fully ingulfed the minute I started reading it. I love Sophie and her smart mouth. =) I love the characters. I did think that the ending was a little rushed. I thought there was some deadends that needed to go somewhere. Like with the demonglass... they went to get it, yet they never used it? I thought that was a little weird. All in all this was a great book and I read it all in one afternoon. Great read.
mzserena on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the third installment of the Hex Hall books. The story was a continuation of the last book. I was quite happy that it picked up where it did. I enjoyed the twists and turns of the storyline. I wasn't too sure what to make of it at first, but then I couldn't put it down.I hope that there are future installments to this series. I'll be sad if there isn't.
ExLibris_Kate on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Spell Bound picks up right where Demonglass left off, with Sophie traveling to find her mother who, for some reason, is with the Brannicks. There are some very surprising twists right from the start and it was very interesting getting to know some Brannicks after hearing about them in the first two books. Sophie has a lot more responsibility on her shoulders this time and I loved the strength that her character showed, even when the dds seemed pretty impossible. There is a lot of action in this book and the fighting is both physical and magical. It was a great balance of action and non-actions scenes which made the story flow very nicely.Spell Bound was a wonderful ending to this part of the series. Sophie certainly grew up through the course of the books and I was happy to see that she kept her wonderfully snarky sense of humor throughout. While Spell Bound was very funny in parts, it also had some very serious moments. Some of the characters that you have come to really care about in this series make some pretty major sacrifices and it made the book that much more wonderful. I enjoyed every one of these books and while I am sad to see this series end, I think that Spell Bound was a wonderful and entertaining way to close this chapter. Rachel Hopkins mentioned on Twitter that there might be some spin-off books, and I hope we get to glance into the lives of Sophie and her crew through the stories of some different characters.
_Lily_ on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
* Hardcover: 336 pages * Publisher: Hyperion Book CH (March 13, 2012) * ISBN-10: 1423121325 * Author: Rachel Hawkins * Cover art: I like it, glad they kept the theme of a reflection of Sophie in something. (Except Hex Hall that was someone else.) * Overall rating: ***** out of 5 stars. * Obtained: Personal book shelf.Spell Bound by Rachel HawkinsReviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews.Hailed as ¿impossible to put down,¿ the Hex Hall series has both critics and teens cheering. With a winning combination of romance, action, magic and humor, this third volume will leave readers enchanted.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? (Synopsis provided by goodreads)Getting this book was a mixture of excitement and sadness. Excitement because it's another Rachel Hawkins, so you're in for a good time and lots of laughs. Sadness because it's the end of Sophie's story. I'm not ready to say goodbye to Sophie and her gang. The book was amazing. I loved every page of it. There were somethings in it I never saw coming and other things I guessed. I was sad to see one of my predictions come true. Jenna was Jenna in this one, I love her and Sophie was still the snarky smartass we all know and love.We got to see a lot more of Sophie's mom in this one which after getting to know her Dad in Demonglass that was great. The Brannicks (an Irish family of women who hunt Sophie's kind.) were a great edition to the story. We got to meet a new character Izzy who I adore. She was awesome. She seemed like the sister Sophie never had to me. Spell Bound was full of answers to questions we had from the first two books, which is always great. We get to see a new part of Elodie and some cool things she can do even in her current ghostly form.As with the previous two books this one is action packed. There are some sad moments but a lot more moments when you'll find yourself laughing so hard your stomach hurts. It really was a great end to a fantastic series.Rachel Hawkins has said that she has another book coming out that is set in the same world as Hex Hall with some of the characters we meet in Spell Bound. And she has also said she has a new series starting in summer 2013. I can't wait to see what she has in store for us next!If you haven't read this series yet, you should it's got it all, boarding schools, magic, witches, fairies, shape shifters, 2 vampires that are so not what you're used to reading.
AmberFIB on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Let me begin this review by stating that Hex Hall and Demonglass are two of my favorite Paranormal YA books of all time. I really loved the world that Hawkins created, the easy to relate to and likable characters, and the exciting story lines. That being said, Spell Bound fell flat for me. I was a bit disappointed in this book because I had been waiting so long for it. Based on the previous two novels, I felt that this would be Hawkins best work yet. Needless to say that wasn't the case. Sure, all of the characters I loved from the first two books were present, and Hawkins' writing style and pacing were still top notch, but the plot was extremely boring.There was action in the book, but there was no suspense. Sure, Sophie had to overcome some things to save the world, but there was never a split second in which I wondered whether or not she'd succeed. It was obvious from the start of each event that she would succeed. There were no obstacles once an event started, and some of the things she had to overcome didn't even seem to be that difficult. Also, I didn't feel an emotional bond with Sophie like I did in previous books. And lastly, Sophie didn't develop at all from the beginning to the end of this novel. Since this is the last book in her story, I felt that she still had some growing to do that was left unfinished. Maybe this was done so that Hawkins could revisit Sophie's story later, if need be, but I wanted at least a little development. All of that being said, this book still wasn't bad. It just wasn't my favorite in the series, either.I still love Sophie, and Archer is still fantastic. He grew a bit, but since the trilogy is told from Sophie's perspective, and Archer's growth occurs while they're separated, we don't really get to see how that happens. I just could not engage with this book, or the characters that I adored so much. The ending didn't upset me that much, though I don't understand why a certain thing had to happen. However, I don't feel like that thing was a cop out. I think it was just an attempt to add some pathos to a book that was sorely lacking in that department.There were a few surprises in this book, but there was no big reveal. No betrayals really occurred, and from what I could tell, there was no "big finale" going on. At least I didn't see one. Nothing was exciting enough to be a big finale. I feel like I'm still waiting on the big finale, actually, so that I can close this story in my mind and move on. Enough about the stuff I didn't like, though. Let's move on to what I did like.Hawkins has created a captivating world and wonderful characters. She has a great voice, and she's fantastic at showing instead of telling. The events in her stories move in logical order, and her books are easy to follow. The characters she's created are flawed, but not bad. No one is perfect, and the characters of the Hex Hall series have always felt real to me because of that. Nothing in the book is trashy, and Hawkins stays true to herself, her characters, and her world. She doesn't compromise to sell more books, and I completely respect that. This novel was no exception to all of those things. I just feel that the third book of the trilogy, Spell Bound should have been more suspenseful. However, I can't wait to read whatever projects Hawkins produces next.Overall, I'd recommend this series to everyone. I mean it. Every single person in the world needs to read this series. These are "feel good" books that leave you smiling when you're finished. The pacing is pretty quick, but not rushed, and the novels have all been fast reads for me. If you've read the first two books, then you need to read this last one for closure. It's good to know what happens to the characters after spending so long with them. Don't expect to be blown away or kept on the edge of your seat with this one, though. To me it felt more like simply tying up loose ends, which is necessary, but not exactly exciting.
psteinke1122 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Poor Sophie! When we last saw her she had just been spit out of an Itineris and apparently into Brannick hands! Her magic is bound, her Dad is most likely dead, she¿s hoping to find her Mom and figure out what to do from here.But once Sophie starts to get a handle on everything she is sucked into a vortex and dumped back at Hex Hall. The school and the island seem to be dying and the Casnoff¿s are in charge. The good news is that all of the students have been sucked back and Sophie must lay low and figure out what to do and where to go from here to stop the Casnoffs.For the most part, this conclusion is pretty much what I expected with one exception, involving Sophie¿s parents, but that was just a sidenote anyway. Otherwise, I¿m not sure how I feel about this one. Spell Bound was as ¿un-put-down-able¿ as the previous Hex Hall books¿but I guess I felt a little short changed on a couple of aspects.So much talk about the Brannicks and the Eye. Brannicks are active in this book, but there was so much hype about them going into book 3 that they fell flat for me. Granted the plot twist in part 2 was good, put I had suspected it since Book 2. And the Eye was equally hyped but were a complete no-show in Spell Bound.Another area where I felt short changed was the great conflict, Battle, we¿d been building up to throughout the whole book and part of the previous one and it was over so quickly, which I found strange. Not that I am big on huge, drawn out battle sequences¿but it was a bit anti-climactic. And now for the love triangle. Spoiler Alert¿.scroll down to read.I knew one of the boys was going to die. See that¿s the thing with Love Triangles. No matter how much love the protagonist has for the two love interests¿one has to die. Then the protagonist doesn¿t have to make a choice and then deal with the self doubts of ¿did I pick the right person¿¿fate takes care of it for them. And the one that dies is usually the one that came on the scene second! Which doesn¿t bode well for me on another series I am reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great Book
honeyb More than 1 year ago
Great book. I was beyond happy with the way the series ended. I plan to read it whole series again at a later date. Since I was animate about having a hardcover I purchased the book through Kozy Books, Inc. The book should up within the week of when I ordered it through the website. I would used them again.
StephanieTiner More than 1 year ago
Sophie finally was able to connect with her father and came to terms with her demon powers and heritage, when the council takes it all away. After narrowly avoiding the Removal, Sophie makes another shocking discovery about herself and the war that is about to begin, in earnest. With her powers trapped and a magical mirror telling her that she’s the answer to stopping the war, Sophie is on the edge of freaking out. With her friends and loved ones there helping her along, she just might make it through in one piece. This is the third book in the Hex Hall trilogy by Rachel Hawkins. As far as the writing goes, as with the other books, the wording is well thought out and easily ingested. The tone that remains throughout is exactly the kind of tone I remember from high school, minus the magical creatures. As for the plot, I envisioned so much more, and at the same time, so much less. As far as the action and the war that the book promises, there really wasn’t much at all. The action was more spying and planning and smooching, which is fine, I guess, but I was expecting more, good versus evil throwing spells and what not. I was really so much more. The war, if you can call it that, barely began before it was over and, in the long run, Sophie didn’t seem to be as needed and as important as the book makes you think, but that could just be me. As for the love triangle we are presented with in book two, I wasn’t at all prepared for the drama and the direction this book went. With most teenage love triangles I have read, especially those involving female heroines, there is usually an “event” that occurs so that the heroine no longer has to choose between the two love interests. I was prepared for such event, as long as it followed the unspoken rules. I was not ready when the author broke those rules. I would love to see the author write a book that gives a look at where these characters are after they complete their schooling and find their places in the real world. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed the first two books. I have permission from the author to use the image above.
Reading_With_Cupcakes More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this series. It was one I just had to keep going and finish. That doesn't happen often with me. That being said, this third book was probably my least favorite. It seemed to be missing something that the other two had. It was still really good, but I guess I just wanted more from it. Also, I have no idea why they put a cat on all of the covers. There are no cats. I think in the first book it even said she was allergic or something to them. Sorry, just something that kind of irked me... You can find more of my reviews at: http://readingwithcupcakes.blogspot.com/
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