Series: Hex Hall #3
Publisher: Hyperion on March 13, 2012
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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?
“‘Um…Mercer? Haven’t seen you in nearly a month. I was expecting something like, ‘Oh Cross, love of my heart, fire of my loins, how I’ve longed–””
“Archer shrugged. ‘We’ve tried to kill each other, fought ghouls, and kissed a lot. I’m pretty sure we’re married in some cultures.'”
Favorite Character: Archer. His sarcasm and wit kept me laughing throughout the entire book.
“There are times when magic really sucks.”
My musings: Wow! Where to start? It took me about 5 hours to read this book—it was impossible to put down! It starts off with Sophie coming to in the middle of the forest. After a confrontation with a were and getting beat to the ground by a 12 (excuse me, 14) year old, Sophie finds herself at the Brannicks compound. From then on, it’s an action packed course as Sophie tries to save the world from Lara and her demon army.
I have been anticipating reading this book ever since I finished the first novel, Hex Hall. Hawkins’ writing is captivating and variegated—there is almost never a dull moment! The characters were well rounded, and you were able to see the transitions in personality and leadership in not only Sophie, but Archer, cal, and Jenna as well. I absolutely loved Sophie and Jenna’s relationship. I adored their constant banter and teasing, as well as them being there for each other no matter what. I don’t know about you all, but I’d DEFINITELY want a best friend like that!
And don’t even get me STARTED on the boys! Honestly, I’ve been team Archer for pretty much all the series—I hadn’t seen much of Cal as a person. However, over the course of the series, I warmed up to Cal’s shyness and steadiness. Though I was thrilled that Sophie ended up with Archer, I shed a few tears when Cal died. Cal’s character had really grown on me, and his sacrifice for Sophie was absolutely astounding in my eyes. Elodie had better take care of him…if not, I’d be happy to take her place! Now Archer. Archer, Archer, Archer… After the first book I was pretty iffy about him and where his loyalties lied, but there was no doubting the chemistry between him and Sophie. And who couldn’t resist the sarcastic bad boy (or enemy type!) who is absolutely gorgeous? Not me!
“Archer pressed his mouth to mine, effectively shutting me up and kissing the hell out of me. When he pulled back, he was grinning. ‘And you have an arrogant, screwed-up former demon slayer who is stupidly in love with you.'”
Le-swoon! Sophie, if you ever get tired of Archer, just send him over to me! (A girl can dream, can she not?
But overall, Spellbound was a book that will definitely be making another appearance in my life. It was funny and engaging, and I would definitely recommend it to fans of paranormal romance.