I am a massive fan of Rachel Hawkins and her Hex Hall trilogy, so I was really looking forward to Spellbound. I re-read Hex Hall and Raising
Demons (with it’s HUGE cliffhanger!) to refresh my memory, and then opened Spellbound with tons of excitement and anticipation. I ended up reading the whole book in one sitting, in the space of a few hours that seemed to fly by.
The plot was absolutely delicious–a mixture of expertly-blended,fast-paced, crazy action. I don’t think there was even one dull moment
throughout the whole novel! Hawkins’ writing was absolutely breath-taking and I think from now on, she should be known as the Queen of Drama, because the drama in this book? Off. The. Scales.
I thought I loved Sophie when we first met her in Hex Hall, but that was obviously nothing, because she blew me away in Spellbound. She was fierce and determined and adorable all at the same time, and as far as YA heroines go, Sophie Mercer is one of my favourites. I just love her sarcasm and snarky comebacks! Archer was charming and witty, as usual, and I loved how much he looked out for Sophie in the book. And Cal! If I had to choose between the boys, I’d say let Sophie have Archer and give me Cal! He was incredibly sweet and I wished we got to see him a bit more of him. We were also introduced to lots of new characters in the novel, all well-thought-out and fascinating to read about.
Spellbound, the final installment of the much-loved Hex Hall trilogy was everything I hoped it would be, and more. I fell in love with the cast of characters all over again, and while this was probably the heavier of the three books, it was definitely the most gripping and thrilling. An ending with a bang indeed. Really looking forward to reading more of Rachel Hawkin’s writing!
Thanks Iffath and thank you to Simon and Schuster for sending us a copy to review.