School Spirits

by Rachel Hawkins
Kindle Edition – Read March 29, 2013

Expected Release Date: May 14, 2013

Length: 304 pages

Official Description: (This is book #1 of the School Spirits series)

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?

Rachel Hawkins’ delightful spin-off brings the same wit and charm as the New York Times best-selling Hex Hall series. Get ready for more magic, mystery and romance!

My Take:

First off, I am so grateful to have been able to read this book in advance of the release date, I was so excited to have been able to read this. I mean it was ridiculous about how excited this lady got about reading this book….

So, I loved the Hex Hall Series, and this book is a spin-off or really another tale set in the same world that Hex Hall was set in. Do you need to read that series first? No, this book does stand on it’s own…but I think it would be mighty helpful, mostly because the author doesn’t re-build the world for you, it’s kind of implied that you understand who the Brannicks are, what Prodigium are, and though there are brief descriptions I would think you’d feel less lost if you went ahead and read that series, it’s great too.

We got to know, or meet, Izzy Brannick some in Spell Bound, as well as the rest of her family and there was a lot going on with her and the man in the mirror, Torin. Now we get to delve into Izzy world and it’s a heck of a world, there is a lot that is going on in our young heroine’s life and this book is just hitting the tip of the iceberg. The writing is really witty, it’s fun and it has that same playful seriousness as Ms. Hawkins previous works. It doesn’t have that same pizzazz that Hex Hall had, but it is still fun. Izzy is an awkward young lady who doesn’t know how to fit in but doesn’t change who she is and sticks up for what she believes, which is honestly a great example to younger teens who are susceptible to wanting to fit that popular mold. I read this book through in one sitting, it is an easy, quick and enjoyable read.

Quotes x2:

“No girl can ever have enough My Little Ponies. That’s just science.”

“Mom, everyone at the Waffle Hut is shady. That’s why they go to the Waffle Hut. To . . . be shady. And eat waffles. Shadily.”

Up Next:

Other Books by Rachel Hawkins:

Hex Hall Series:

Hex Hall, Demon Glass, Spell Bound

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