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Friday, March 16, 2012

Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins

Posted by Irish in Review4 Comments

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Source: Purchased
Publication Date: 13 Mar 2012
Series or Standalone: Series
ISBN: 1423121325
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 336
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Place(s) Traveled to: Tennessee // Graymalkin Island,  Georgia //Lough Bealach, Ireland

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

First Line: There are times when magic really sucks.

Hex Hall Series Order

Book 2 – Demonglass
Book 3 – Spell Bound 

Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins was one of the titles that I was most looking forward to reading this year. After the ending of Demonglass I was in agony of not knowing what happened next. So the moment that Spell Bound  was released I dove right into it (well once I managed to get through the grinding work day). I found that Spell Bound picks up almost immediately after the events in Demonglass and kicks off with a bang. Things are revealed that I’d begun to suspect and I was happy when my theories were correct. And for 3/4 of this book I was in love. There were twists and turns and lots of the snark that I’ve come to love from a Rachel Hawkins novel.

But then those last few moments of the book contained a bit too many WTF type moments that just took me out of the story. And there were things that happened in those last couple of chapters that I was not OK with. As a reader I felt a bit cheated, that Hawkins had taken an easy road to get to the ending that she came up with. There were few consequences or choices that needed to be made and I felt that the final battle was anti-climatic. I also felt that the set up for the spin off novel that were seeded throughout this one were a bit forced and obvious. There was this blinking sign that kept saying “look at me, pay attention and like me as you’ll see more of me in the future.” And while I don’t mind when one story is seeded into another (hello every season of Doctor Who) but here it would often detract by raising questions that you know aren’t going to be answered any time soon. 

I think that, as a reader, I was just expecting so much more from this final book in the series since the middle book was just so good. Middle books are usually a bit blah and just filled with set up and transition and that wasn’t the case with Demonglass. So because of that the bar was set pretty high for Spell Bound  and so my expectations were high. Spell Bound was a good book, it just wasn’t a great book, at least it didn’t end great. I still loved Rachel Hawkins’s writing style and I love her snarky heroine, Sophie. Her little quips in the face of danger made for some light hearted moments. I like the book and the bulk of the story and I think that its worth reading. I just wanted something….more. I really want to talk about what my biggest issue was with the whole book but I can’t do that without spoiling…and as this book only just came out on Tuesday its a bit too early to rant and give out spoilers. But if you have read the book and want to know then send me an email and we can discuss. =) 

4 Responses to “Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins”

  1. Liyana

    Aw man, I’ve been looking forward to this a while. Great review! I’m excited about the spin off, are you planning to read it?

    • Irish

      Liyana – this was still a good read, just not as good as I was hoping. And if Rachel Hawkins writes it…I will read it. =)

  2. Pocketful of Books

    That’s such a shame that you didn’t like this one and you were disappointed with the ending- it’s horrible when a series you love ends in a bad way! x

  3. A. Knight

    It’s so easy to become disappointed because of our expectations, ESPECIALLY when they are pinned on a final book in the series. But you liked it anyway, despite the easy ending. I’m looking forward to FINALLY reading the last book!