Book Review: Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins

Title: Spell Bound (Hex Hall #3)
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Genre: Fantasy, Faeries, Witches, Magic, Young Adult
Release Date: March 13th, 2012
Publisher: Disney
Format: Paperback

Hailed as “impossible to put down,” the Hex Hall series has both critics and teens cheering. With a winning combination of romance, action, magic and humor, this third volume will leave readers enchanted. 

Just as Sophie Mercer has come to accept her extraordinary magical powers as a demon, the Prodigium Council strips them away. Now Sophie is defenseless, alone, and at the mercy of her sworn enemies—the Brannicks, a family of warrior women who hunt down the Prodigium. Or at least that’s what Sophie thinks, until she makes a surprising discovery. The Brannicks know an epic war is coming, and they believe Sophie is the only one powerful enough to stop the world from ending. But without her magic, Sophie isn’t as confident. 

Sophie’s bound for one hell of a ride—can she get her powers back before it’s too late? 

Spell Bound gave a decent and satisfying wrap up for the entire Hex Hall trilogy. This might not be the best ending you’ll read, but I have appreciated the series much more than I thought I would be. The characters were likable and were not hard to get attached to, so you’ll kinda get sad to say goodbye to them because the series has finally ended. But I was glad that Rachel Hawkins also made sure to give this “satisfying” feeling about the ending, where you’ll just end up smiling and sighing in relief saying “Aaah, that was a good ending.”

After all the mess back in Thorn Abbey in Demonglass, Sophie was back, still magic-less, and she woke up in the middle of the forest in an unknown location. This was after Cal told her in Demonglass to use the Itineris and go to the Brannicks.

And just by the mention of Brannicks as Sophie’s last resort to go to during all the messed-up situations, I already knew what’s her tie with these red-head Irish ladies. Apparently, Sophie’s mother, Grace was a Brannick. I’m so shocked. I kind of figured this out way earlier on Demonglass.

Spell Bound focused on the extermination of the enemies (well, of course). There was not much story development as it got pretty predictable most of the time, but if it’s about character development, I’ll give the medal to Elodie. She became my favorite character, after Spell Bound.

And of course, talking about Sophie, I liked how she played her role as the champion against the enemies even though she’s well aware that she can’t use magic and she’s pretty much more like a normal human. As usual, it was her snarky and sarcastic remarks that made this whole reading experience much more fun. I just have to applaud Hawkins for her humor, it was totally effective.

For the romance, I have mentioned on my Demonglass review that I was growing to like Cal a lot more than Archer. Well, I’ve just changed my mind. I’m back to team Archer! But as much as I like Archer, I also like Cal. I knew he’ll never end up with Sophie, WE ALL KNOW this from the very beginning. I just feel so bad for him,

Why does Cal have to die??? I cried. Really.

But in the end, I’m just okay with it. I liked how Hawkins closed the curtains for this story. It was a good conclusion for this spellbinding trilogy.

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