Review: Spellbound by Rachel Hawkins

Title: Spell Bound (Hex Hall, #3)
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Format: Nook
Genre: Paranormal YA
Source: Personal Copy
Published: March 13th 2012 by Hyperion Book CH
My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 

From Goodreads.com

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?

Anytime a beloved series ends, I get a wave of emotions and Spellbound was no different. After the Cliffhanger ending to Demonglass I waited anxiously for the release of the final installment in Rachel Hawkins’ Hex Hall Trilogy. We’ve watched Sophie Mercer grow from a spunky and strong-willed teen in Hex Hall to a powerful and intelligent leader in this final installment of the series. And best of all, she’s managed to keep her sense of humor!

 

Spellbound picks up right where Demonglass left off, Sophie took off through the Itineris to find her Mom, who Cal has told her is with the Brannicks (a family of Prodigum hunters). She wakes up on the ground, unsure of her surroundings, and the action takes off from there and doesn’t stop until the final pages. That said? I did find a few of the plot twists predictable. But, I suppose with a story like this? That is hard to avoid.

As for the Cal/Sophie/Archer love triangle? (Have I mentioned, I hate Love Triangles?) I found myself caught up in it, wanting her to pick Cal one moment and Archer another. The resolution of this triangle is one I’m happy with. Although it took me a few tears and a few pages to come to this conclusion.

One of the best things about Spellbound was the return of all of the characters we’ve come to know and love. The friendship between Sophie and Jenna (and toss in Cal and Archer for good measure!) is a lot of fun to watch as it has fully evolved. Elodie’s ghost plays a good role, and her mean girl friends from Hex Hall make an appearance as well, Along with some of the other prodigum from the first book. I really love when a series leaves nothing hanging, and Rachel Hawkins did a wonderful job of closing all those loose ends here.

This third and final book truly does bring this trilogy full circle, with plenty of action from all our favorite characters! Best of all? Sophie’s parents finally interact, and we get to learn some pretty big secrets! I think fans will be pleased with this last book!

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