Book Review: School Spirits by Rachel Hawkins

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Young Adult > Paranormal

Fifteen-year-old Izzy Brannick was trained to fight monsters. For centuries, her family has hunted magical creatures. But when Izzy’s older sister vanishes without a trace while on a job, Izzy’s mom decides they need to take a break.

Izzy and her mom move to a new town, but they soon discover it’s not as normal as it appears. A series of hauntings has been plaguing the local high school, and Izzy is determined to prove her worth and investigate. But assuming the guise of an average teenager is easier said than done. For a tough girl who’s always been on her own, it’s strange to suddenly make friends and maybe even have a crush.

Can Izzy trust her new friends to help find the secret behind the hauntings before more people get hurt?


School Spirits is a far cry from the funny element of Hex Hall series that made me love the latter so much. I think this book has little to offer to Sophie-Archer fans like me out there. It was boring.

The story felt juvenile for a spinoff. Izzy was hard to connect with, I dunno why. Dex… he didn’t gave off that crush-worthy material vibe that I got from Archer and Cal. He was just this (sometimes) funny guy.

I felt cheated, that’s what. I was expecting more, and all the time I was reading, I was thinking: did Rachel Hawkins really write this? Because it felt shallow, plain, and downright mediocre.

Thank goodness this was a short read, otherwise it will be a torture to finish School Spirits. I love ghost stories, but Izzy’s case was so flat, there was little suspense that I can work with.

Thank you NetGalley and Disney-Hyperion for granting my galley request.


SCHOOL SPIRITS by Rachel Hawkins

Kindle Edition, 304 pages

Published May 14th 2013

2/5 stars


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