Thursday, August 1, 2013

Review: School Spirits by Rachel Hawkins

School Spirits (School Spirits #1)
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!
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publication Date: May 14, 2013
Kat's Review
I really enjoyed the Hex Hall series, so I was intrigued to see what Rachel Hawkins had up her sleeve with her new supernatural series featuring a fifteen year old heroine. Izzy Brannick has been raised to fight demons, always be on the alert, and to trust no one but her immediate family. Ever since her sister disappeared, relations between Izzy and her mom have become more strained than ever. And although Izzy would never admit it to anyone, she's lonely. When her mom announces a new mission that will see Izzy attend high school for the first time, she tries not to appear too eager, although deep down she sees it as the chance at normalcy she never thought she would get.
On  the surface, the novel is about getting to the bottom of the ghost problem at the high school, but underneath the story is about much more. Izzy must learn how to make friends, how to trust, how to behave in a high school environment. She finds herself truly caring for her new friends, and navigating the landmine that is teen relationships without anything to use as a reference. Watching Izzy try to figure out where she belongs was more interesting for me than the mystery of the ghost was. 
Although I felt it got off to a slower start than the Hex Hall series did, I still think it's a good book. There's a lot of potential here for a series that might pull in a younger audience as well, seeing as Izzy is only fifteen. Fans of Hex Hall won't be disappointed, and I can see Rachel Hawkins earning herself many new fans as well with this new series.
Rating: A Good Read
The book reads a bit younger than the previous series, but that's not a problem.  The characters are fun and interesting, and there's enough here to keep Rachel Hawkins fans happy and coming back for more.
I received a complimentary copy of this title from NetGalley and the publisher in return for an honest review.


  1. Rachel Hawkins new series sounds great, and I can't wait to check out more about her new character Izzy Brannick! Thanks for the great review. :)

    1. I thought this one was a lot of fun!

  2. I LOVED Hex Hall so much and I've been really nervous to read this book. Just because it seems that I won't love it as much. But your review has convinced me I need to face my fears and read it!! Thanks for the great review!! :)


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