Saturday, September 28, 2013
Review: School Spirits
School Spirits by Rachel Hawkins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Book Info: Genre: Urban Fantasy
Reading Level: Young Adult
Recommended for: fans of YA UF
Trigger Warnings: murder, attempted murder
My Thoughts: I hadn't realized when I accepted this book that it was a spin-off of the Hex Hall series, so I was a bit concerned when starting the book that I might not be able to follow it. However, I had no trouble following the story.
This was a fun story. In some ways it reminded me of a Buffy episode, although not quite as drama-filled. Isolde Brannick is a strong young woman, but she's never experienced a lot of the things that normal kids her age experience, so going to school is something new for her, as are the dangerous shoals of the world of boys. All the characters were good, although several were just filler characters about whom we learn very little. The ones that were developed were developed fairly well, though, and I think this is a series I would like to continue to read. If you like Young Adult Urban Fantasy, then definitely check this book out.
Disclosure: I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Synopsis: 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?
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