Book Review: Hex Hall #3: Spellbound by Rachel Hawkins

RATING: StarStarStar

Genre: Young Adult > Paranormal | Fantasy

(Hex Hall #3)

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?

Book 1: Hex Hall review | Book 2: Demonglass review

*****

Spellbound was dark. Darker than it should be. What happened to my fluffy Hex Hall series? =( The ending was not satisfying for a series’ conclusion (is this the final book?). And the death of one of the characters is completely unnecessary. It was so sad. There goes my bright, happy Hex Hall ending… sigh.

Sophie is back to being useless, but thanks to Elodie she can have a taste of magic once in a while. Sophie’s witty remarks and sarcastic comments seemed forced and out of place. Sophie was irritating whenever she kisses the boy she’s with at the moment (I remember Frannie from Personal Demons. Ugh.). Jenna was Sophie’s beacon and strength. Although her vampirism doesn’t count as a strength, her friendship with Sophie is undeniable. Archer is back to being his lovable self. Goodness, that smart mouth is so sexy! But scenes with Archer are too short, there’s no time to feel the swoon for long. But I felt it! It is just too brief. Cal… I didn’t realize I crossed over Team Cal when I finished this book! But only for a while. Hawkins painted Cal in this holy light where I can’t help but like him. And I was thankful that there was no hostility between Archer and Cal.

Hawkins could’ve elaborated more on Sophie’s and Archer’s relationship so we fans can fully enjoy their romance. After all, this is already book 3! But no, Sophie was still undecided between the two guys. And I didn’t like how these two Prodigium hunters claimed to be the best and yet they were captured the first time they set foot on the island. Not to mention that the demise of the villain was too easy. I was expecting a showdown! *huffs*

I liked Spellbound, but it could’ve been good. Better, even. The hurried conclusion was just a downer.

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.: maria :.

“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”

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