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School Spirits (Hex Hall Spin-off 1) by Rachel Hawkins

School Spiritsby Rachel Hawkins

School Spirits
by Rachel Hawkins

School Spirits (Hex Hall Spin-off 1)

By: Rachel Hawkins

Release Date: May 14, 2013

Rating: 2 stars

Summary: 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!


Review: This would have been a 3-star book for me if it hadn’t been for the end. You have a pissed off ghost who is dangerously wreaking havoc, and to find out who was behind it all and the reason why it happened – what a major letdown.

As for the rest of the book, I enjoyed it but not nearly as much as the Hex Hall series, sans the last book of course. The series hadn’t been mind-blowing, but I really liked it because it had an interesting concept with witches and demons, The Eye and the politics involved. Throw in a feisty heroine and a bickering couple, and you have a pretty entertaining story.

However, this book just wasn’t nearly as interesting. I thought we were going to be thrown in the world of witches and demons again, but we weren’t. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a decent ghost story, but that was pretty much all it was. And the Hex Hall series led you to believe that the Brannicks are really powerful women, and this book was just your typical mystery about a typical haunting.

So it made me wonder why Hawkins wrote a spin-off, when it would have been better if she had started a new series so I wasn’t so attuned to associating this book with the Hex Hall mentality. I may have rated this book higher otherwise.

Go to Katy’s review on Goodreads.

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