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Friday, May 17, 2013

Deidra Reviews School Spirits

Author: Rachel Hawkins
Release Date: May 14, 2013
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 304
Source: NetGalley
Series: School Spirits #1
*Thanks to NetGalley and Disney-Hyperion for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review!*
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! 
My Favorite Lines:
“You are my new hero. Seriously, I might actually be in love with you now. Would it be awkward if we made out?” 
Why I Loved It:  First off, I loved the Hex Hall series.  I mean the books were incredible.  I just finished Spell Bound the other day *because I was determined to finish it before I read this one*, so that review will probably come next week.  Anyways, Ms. Hawkins is delightfully funny with just the right amount of snark to the humor in her books.  I adore that quality in her writing.  But enough for now.  I could ramble on and rave for pages about how much I love the humor in her books.

But on to the book.  So School Spirits is a spin-off from the Hex Hall series.  *Caution*  If you have not read Spell Bound, there is a bit of a spoiler ahead.  So when Sophie finds out that her mom is a Brannick, we meet her cousins Izzy and Finley.  Well this book focuses on Izzy.  In Spell Bound, Izzy sort of had Sophie's sense of humor which we get a taste for in this book.  It's nice.  *Ok I'm really done now*  The story focuses on Izzy and her life as a Brannick.  Sadly, Finley has disappeared.  I will say that that part of the story is how I know there will have to be another book, or I will cry.  The book dives into Izzy's first assignment to conquer on her own *sorta* in the foreign land of high school.  I mean seriously.  It may as well be another planet for Izzy.  There's a serious ghost problem at the school, which should be an easy fix.  Of course, magic always tends to complicate things.  Plus, Izzy has never had to worry about having friends....

Now though, entering the world of high school, she has to deal with all kinds of things that being trained as a Brannick never trained her for.  Like girlfriends, cute boys, kissing, and the sport of dodgeball.  Fitting in is not exactly the easiest thing for her.  She has a lot to learn.  

I really enjoyed getting a deeper look into the Brannick family and getting to know Izzy better.  Plus, the book shares more information about Torin, who I found to be incredibly interesting in Spell Bound. Izzy has such an interesting perspective, and seeing her explore the world of high school was pretty interesting.  Plus, seeing the world of Prodigium through someone that isn't exactly Prodigium was a nice change.  I have to say that Izzy's relationship with her mom was a little sad, and I wasn't entirely thrilled with it most of the time.  I mean I get that all relationships aren't super happy and rainbows and unicorns, but I still get sad when I see them like this.  

Ok so last but not least, the book's love interest is named Dex.  He is adorably goofy with a funny sense of humor that I adored.  His word play tends more towards pretentious but in a way I can admire and not want to slap him.  He pulls it off well.  Izzy and his interactions were one of my favorite parts of the book, but I loved that the romance didn't overwhelm or take over the story.  It was just a fun part that was included.  The ending was a bit abrupt, but if there is to be another book I think I can try and be content with it.    

Low Points:  Not quite as fast-paced and action packed as the Hex Hall series.  The ending kind of drove me crazy when it came to the Izzy/Dex relationship.  I shall not give any spoilers though.  

High Points:  Snarky and silly humor.  The adorably pretentious Dex.  Cute ghost story.  Brannicks and high school crazy combination.  
Who Should Read It:  For those of you who loved Hex Hall, I think we all know you are dying to pick up the spin-off.  Plus, if you just like a good ghost story and a good dose of snark, why not? *I will say that there is no new book in the series being published probably in the next couple of years.  Ms. Hawkins is focusing on her new series Rebel Belles, so it could be a little frustrating with the lack of resolution in the ending*
Need a Second Opinion?


  1. I hate to break it to you since I know you are excited for a sequel but the author has said there won't be one. I guess the publisher decided against it? I am also sad since I really liked School Spirits and want the sister missing plot line to be resolved. I hope she at least writes a novella to give us closure.

    - Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

  2. Love in Bloom: I read this on netgalley and loved it as well. I have to say that it is totally set up to have a sequel. That's too bad if it doesn't have one...

    Christina @ Ensconced in YA

  3. Must check this one too. look great read, i am not fans for YA, but my friend like YA genre. I think this book will be perfect for her gift. Thanks for review. Love in Bloom.

  4. This sounds like a cool book. Thanks for the review!
    Love in Bloom

  5. Thanks for the great review! I'm very excited to check it out now! love in bloom

  6. Thank you for your honest and great review of this book. I really want to read this one and I am definitely adding it to my TBR list. Love in Bloom


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