Review: School Spirits by Rachel Hawkins

Posted April 30, 2013 by Katrina @ Bookish Things in Book Review / 0 Comments

School Spirits by Rachel Hawkins
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Also by this author: Hex Hall Book One, Demonglass: A Hex Hall Novel

School Spirits

Series: School Spirits #1
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Publish Date: May 14, 2013
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Number of pages: 304
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Source: Received from publisher via Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
Book Description:
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!

I love the Hex Hall series, and was stoked when I heard there was going to be a spin off. 

School Spirits is more of a good ol’ “who done it.”  It was great to have the mystery and paranormal aspects blend together.  The story line moved at an easy pace.  I didn’t feel rushed, or like I was going to be bored to tears.  Izzy also learns, or tries to, how to live with normal people.  Well, not exactly normal, but kids who don’t have to hunt down monsters.  I think this book is as much about Izzy learning how to fit in as it is about finding the cause of the haunting. 
I am so happy we get to learn more about Izzy.  I don’t remember her being mentioned much in Spell Bound.  She’s a sweet girl with great intentions.  She feels like she has to prove herself to her mother.  She wants to show her she’s just as capable as Finn.  Izzy also feels she’s somehow responsible for Finn’s disappearance.  I don’t see how Izzy manages all of the stress.  She hunts monsters, tries to blend in at school, and tries not to care about the friends she’s made.  I’d be exhausted.  Izzy is determined, and pretty strong for dealing with everything on her plate.  She shouldn’t have to prove that to anyone else.  She reminded me of Sophie, so I love her even more!
There is a definite crush, and I want to know what comes of it.  You’re left with a feeling of “say whaaa.” So hopefully the next books clear some of that up.  Also, Torin is up to something.  I’m not sure what yet, but I want to know what the man in the mirror is up to.  He seems so different than how he’s portrayed in Spell Bound.  There are twists and turns.  I thought I had things figured out, but, uh, nope.  Not so much. 
School Spirits is a fun read, and if you liked the Hex Hall series, you’ll like School Spirits.
Favorite Quotes:
“‘Does this town have restaurants?’ I asked. ‘I mean, other than the Dairee Kween?’ Mom gave a snort that sounded close to laughter. ‘I passed that place today.  I don’t think I can trust anywhere that mangles the English language like that.'” ~ Kindle location 1689-1691
“I don’t know what heaven smells like, but it it doesn’t smell like freshly bakes cookies, I will be really disappointed.” ~ Kindle location 1785-1786

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About Katrina @ Bookish Things

I'm a mom of two and love to read, listen to music, and rock out at concerts. Sometimes you can find me reading, or writing, in between sets at concerts. I read many genres, and have a TBR mountain.

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