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Saturday, May 25, 2013

School Spirits by Rachel Hawkins

304 pages, YA Paranormal (witches & magic)
School Spirits #1
My rating: 4 stars


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 theNew York Times best-selling Hex Hall series. Get ready for more magic, mystery and romance!

My 2 cents

When I found out that there was a spin off series from Hex Hall, I was jumping up and down excited! I was so happy to read this book. To me its the sort of book that makes reading FUN! I didn't enjoy it as much as Hex Hall, but it still really good! Reading the Hex Hall series is not required reading before reading this one, but you will enjoy it more.

The story follows Izzy Brannick and her mom. If you remember from Hex Hall, the Brannicks find and kill monsters. Izzy's older sister, Finley, just recently disappeared, and Izzy has been trying to fill her shoes. She hasn't been doing a very good job, so her mom gives her and easy job exorcising a ghost in a high school.

Izzy is mortified with this assignment. Not only is it beneath her, she has to go to HIGH SCHOOL. The first half of the book was just hilarious, with this tiny little girl getting herself into more and more scrapes. When she dislocates the head jock's shoulder in Dodgeball, I fell off my bed laughing!

But as she learns more and more about this ghost, she realizes its not such an easy case...and she senses magic in one of her new friends, Dex, but she can't figure him out. So the second half gets more and more intense. This was a great read, and I can't wait for the next one!


  1. Like a lot of people, I was sad about the way the Hex Hall series ended -- whyyyyyy??
    But I'd love to give this a try sometime.

    You can find me here: Jen @ YA Romantics

    1. I wasn't happy with the Hex Hall series either, but I still enjoyed the series! They are just FUN books to read! Thanks for stopping! :)


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