|AUTHOR: Rachel Hawkins|
SERIES: Hex Hall, book 2
PUBLICATION DATE: March 1, 2011
SOURCE: My library
GENRE: Paranormal romance
RECOMMENDED FOR: MS girls
OVERALL RATING: Highly recommended
WHAT I LIKED: I just adore this series, especially since I can easily recommend it to my middle school girls. Finally, a (well-written) paranormal romance I don't have to worry about having in my MS library! Between the Hex Hall series and Kiersten White's Paranormalcy series, I know I'll be hooking some girls on reading this year.
Sophie's sardonic comments are laugh-out-loud funny, and the love triangle being set up among Archer, Cal, and Sophie definitely kept me turning pages. I love how Sophie establishes a relationship with her long-lost father in this one, and the new mysteries involving her mother are certainly intriguing.
I was glad to see Archer Cross return as a romantic lead, but I am not 100% certain I like him as much as I like Cal. His history and dual-loyalties are interesting, but Cal just seems to have more depth. I tend to root for the underdog, and in this case, that's Cal.
A heart-pounding, cliffhanger ending sets up the third book in the series, Spellbound, set for a March 2012 release date. I truly have no clue where Spellbound will take readers; there are so many different twists and unknowns and possible outcomes that I am anxious to read it!
WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: The story itself is fun and engrossing, so I am hard-pressed to find something I don't like. This is the best I can do--As with Hex Hall, the cover art is odd. Sophie never wears a white dress in the story, yet the cover features her in a formal white dress. I know that cover artists often do not read the book and that authors often do not have any say in their own cover art. Still, you'd think someone at Hyperion would have caught that.
READALIKES: Paranormalcy and Supernaturally (Kiersten White); Darkest Powers trilogy (Armstrong)
- Language: mild
- Sexuality: mild; some kissing
- Violence: medium; some demon-raising and murder
- Drugs/Alcohol: two teen demons drink concoctions to numb their minds