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? – Goodreads
Rachel Hawkins’s Hex Hall series has been a highlight on my bookshelf since I first picked it up. Hex Hall and Demonglass are funny, charming, and an overall delight to read. I admit, I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump as of late, so perhaps that affected my enjoyment of it, but I felt so BLAH after I finished Spell Bound. Such a disappointing feeling to have for a series I’ve loved so much!
First of all, I thought that the pacing was off. I felt like I was thrown in different directions too quickly and I never felt fully immersed in the book. I don’t think it should have been so rushed and the storylines should have had more depth to them. Yes, this has always been a fun series without too much ~srs bsns~, but it was all too flat for me.
Because of the pacing, I also found it very difficult to connect to the characters. Of course, I did grow familiar with them in the first two books, but I didn’t feel like I enjoyed them as much in this installment. Was Sophie always this quippy? The answer to that is probably “yes,” but I felt like she was over the top in Spell Bound. In my review for Demonglass, I commented that she was very subdued in it and it was the complete opposite here. Don’t get me wrong, her humor has always been one of my favorite parts of the series, but it sometimes felt very out of place in the more tense situations here. Jenna was still great, and her friendship with Sophie continues to be a highlight, thankfully; no complaints there. The stuff with Archer had its hilariously cute moments, too, but I did not enjoy the inclusion of Cal and Elodie in the equation; it felt very unnecessary.
The ending. Ack. I won’t go into details because it would be a big spoiler, but a certain part of it also felt unnecessary. It felt thrown in and…BLAH. It’s depressing how little emotional impact it had for me and the characters. It should have been a big thing. Alas…
Overall, I didn’t find Spell Bound to be a very fulfilling conclusion to the series. It lacked the energy that I loved from the first two books and it makes me sad that this is how I say goodbye to these characters. As a whole, this is still a series that I will continue to love, but Spell Bound left me wondering, “Where did all the magic go?”
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