Review: School Spirits by Rachel Hawkins

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Genre: Young-Adult, Paranormal
Pages: 297
Series: Hex Hall series spin-off

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3.75 Stars

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School Spirits is the spin-off to the Hex Hall trilogy and follows Izzy Brannick, who comes from a family of female monster hunters. She and her mom are the only Brannicks left now after her older sister disappeared.
Izzy and her mom move to a new town for a job and in order to do the job, Izzy has to go to highschool. It’s her first experience with a normal life and what starts as a simple job, becomes complicated when she starts to make friends. And stuff… I’m having a hard time with the synopsis of this one.

Moving on!

I loved the Hex Hall trilogy. So when I found out about the spin-off, I was equal parts excited and sceptical. I don’t like it when authors mess with perfectly good series. Thankfully, this book is pretty good.

I was slightly disappointed by the prologue (it had a plot-device-y vibe to it) but after that, the book was good. The story was interesting. I liked Izzy. She was very different from Sophie. Badass, but not as confident or sarcastic. She was new to the whole highschool thing and wanted to fit in. She wanted to impress her mom and she wanted to do things right. I liked her.

The other characters, like Dex, were also great. I still miss Archer (from Hex Hall) but that’s inevitable. Dex was nothing like Archer. He was a funny and nice guy with a slightly unusual fashion sense. He was one of the odd kids, and so were his two friends.

Honestly, there’s not much to say about the novel. It wasn’t great but it wasn’t bad either. I liked the story, the characters and found the book to be entertaining. But it wasn’t the smartest book, nor was it that exciting. It relied a bit on the characters not being too smart. Or the novel would have been even shorter.

The story isn’t wrapped up and we don’t get all the answers but that’s because this was supposed to be the first book of a series. The series didn’t happen and now we’ll never know about some things. I blame that on the existence of the Rebel Belle series.

Overall, this was a good and entertaining read, much better than Rebel Belle. But not the best. I still have my fingers crossed for a sequel even though it’s highly unlikely.

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