Monday, May 20, 2013

Review: School Spirits by Rachel Hawkins

School Spirits
(School Spirits # 1)
By: Rachel Hawkins
Pub. Date: May 14, 2013
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 304
Source: Netgalley

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!

I have never read the Hex Hall series, but I was very much looking forward to reading School Spirits, the companion series. It sounded so good! I am so happy I was able to get an advanced copy of it. I devoured it within a couple of hours, and enjoyed every single second of it!

Izzy and her mom hunt magical creatures. They travel the United States looking for cases. They settle in Ideal, Mississippi so Izzy could solve her first case by herself. Izzy thinks it will be easy, just a mill of the run school haunting. But when she gets there, things do not look as clear cut as she originally thought. Even though she knows that she shouldn't, she makes friends.

Izzy was a really fun character. I loved getting to know her. She is a lonely girl who feels guilty over her sister's disappearance. I couldn't help but root for her. I also loved her new friends Romy and Dex, especially Dex. He just said the craziest things and I absolutely loved it! I was also very intrigued by Torin, a warlock who centuries before trapped himself in a mirror. I can not wait to learn more about him!

School Spirits is a fun and enjoyable read and I can not wait to read the next book in the series! I also plan on checking out Rachel Hawkins other series, Hex Hall.


  1. Glad to hear that this one is a fun read! And you should definitely check out HH - the first two books are amazing :)

  2. You definitely need to check out Hex Hall (I didn't like the sequels quite as much because I hated the main love interest). They have some killer cliffhangers so make sure to get the whole trilogy.

  3. I really enjoyed Hex Hall, although I've yet to read its two sequels. I was planning on waiting till I read those to read this, but hearing you read this first... well I guess if I happen to pick this one up first it wouldn't be the worst idea.


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