13. April 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Courtney, Fiction, Paranormal, Teen Books

Spell Bound (Hex Hall #3) by Rachel Hawkins, 327 pages, read by Courtney, on 04/05/2012

So, here’s the deal: I love this series, so I was really anticipating this, the third book in the Hex Hall series. The thing is, I didn’t really feel the love this time around. I’m still trying to figure out what changed. It’s the same Sophie we’ve come to know and love. She’s as sarcastic and amiable as ever. I’d like to say it’s the addition of new characters to the mix, but they’re all right too. I think my biggest problem was actually in the plot. Not that it was dull, in fact, quite the contrary. There was actually too much going on and not enough development at any point. The story picks up right where Demonglass left off and hits the ground running. First, Sophie’s at one location and has some Big Revelations. Then she’s whisked off to a changed Hex Hall where more Revelations are to be had. Then she’s somewhere else to prepare for a fight, but winds up going somewhere where the reader might presume more time would be spent, but ends up being a rather brief experience (with more Revelations). There’s so much back and forth and it all feels as though it was written just to reveal bits of Sophie’s past in an action-driven manner. I guess it just didn’t really work for me this time.

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