Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins: A book review

Title: Spell Bound

Author: Rachel Hawkins

Started Date: April 22, 2012

Finished Date: April 23, 2012

Rating: 3/5 stars

 

“Hailed as “impossible to put down,” the Hex Hall series has both critics and teens cheering. With a winning combination of romance, action, magic and humor, this third volume will leave readers enchanted.

Just as Sophie Mercer has come to accept her extraordinary magical powers as a demon, the Prodigium Council strips them away. Now Sophie is defenseless, alone, and at the mercy of her sworn enemies—the Brannicks, a family of warrior women who hunt down the Prodigium. Or at least that’s what Sophie thinks, until she makes a surprising discovery. The Brannicks know an epic war is coming, and they believe Sophie is the only one powerful enough to stop the world from ending. But without her magic, Sophie isn’t as confident.

Sophie’s bound for one hell of a ride—can she get her powers back before it’s too late?”

 

I finished reading this book last night, and I needed to calm down before I write a review. (This contains few spoilers, so watch out!). I’m too depressed, too sad, and too frustrated. I know I should have not taken this book so personally, but I’ve grown to really like Cal, and it has hurt me damn much on what has happened to him. He didn’t deserve it. It was too much. I hate Hawkins for doing it to him, she didn’t even give him a chance to be happy. And I also hate myself because I’m so affected. I know, this is not about Sophie and Archer since he’s out of the picture already, but hey, why did he has to die? I don’t really get the point there. Anyway, I was also hoping that Hawkins will right a little love story between Cal and Elodie, but no! It didn’t happen! Just a slight comment from Elodie about making Cal change his mind about her.

Yeah, this whole review is all about Cal, and not about the book, but I hope you’ll understand my sentiments and I’m seriously grieving right now. It’ll take me a whole bunch of happy books to cheer up. Maybe if I’m not this sad anymore, I can give a proper review. LOL!

 

xoxo

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins: A book review

Title: Hex Hall

Author: Rachel Hawkins

Started Date: April 9, 2012

Finished Date: April 15, 2012

Rating: 5/5 stars

 

“Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. It’s gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie’s estranged father–an elusive European warlock–only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it’s her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.

By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard: three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, a creepy tagalong ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and only vampire student on campus. Worse, Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her only friend is the number-one suspect.

As a series of blood-curdling mysteries starts to converge, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her.”

 

AWESOME! 😉
I’ve been wanting to read this series for so long, but I don’t know what has kept me on hold, maybe because I thought it’s another usual witch book. Good thing it’s our book read for this month in one of my groups in Goodreads, I finally grabbed a copy in the bookstore. In the beginning, it reminded me of the Harry Potter and Evernight series. But halfway through the book, I was enjoying it and it seemed original for me in a cool way, very funny and hilarious. The characters are amazing! Sophie, the protagonist, is a unique heroine for me. I like her because she’s a bitchy and sarcastic witch, but she loves and protects her friends too, or friend since I think Jenna is only her true friend there. LOL! I also think I have a crush on Cal, yes I do! But he is not the love interest of Sophie here in this book, it’s Archer, the warlock and campus crush. Well, don’t hate me if I don’t have a crush on him, Cal is more appealing to me even though he wasn’t mentioned much. And I’m so excited to read the second book so I can read more about him! I also like the twists of events in the end, I really didn’t expect it. That’s what I like about this book, it started the usual, and ended unpredictable.

I’m going to read the second book this week! Really really realy excited! 😉

 

xoxo

BEWITCHING by Alex Flinn: A book review

Title: Bewitching

Author: Alex Flinn

Started Date: February 4, 2012

Finished Date: February 8, 2012

Rating: 5/5 stars

 

WOW! I absolutely love this book! It totally deserves to go in my favorite shelf! This is the best book of Alex Flinn so far, but I also love her Beastly and A kiss in time.

I was really excited about it once I’ve learned from Flinn’s website that she will do a series about Kendra. And I saw this book already out on our local bookstores last week even though the expected publication date is on Feb 14. That’s why I’m a bit shocked when I saw it on our stores and I bought a copy immediately. I have no time for hesitations since I’ll just be thinking about it. 😉 I also learned that there’s a book giveaway and I can’t join because it is only available in US. So I’m a bit jealous to those who won a copy while I bought my own. But it’s all worth it!

Bewitching is mostly about Kendra’s adventures since her discovery from the plague in London. What’s the best part about the book is the combination of history, literature, and teen romance in it. I was introduced into different book classics which I know but haven’t read such as Candide, Vanity Fair and Shakespeare plays. And I love the history part such as the Plague in London, the sinking of Titanic and the story of Louis, Dauphin of France. I even googled everything about them,haha. I also like the spin-off of different fairy tales such as Cinderella, Little Mermaid and Hansel and Gretel.

I had mixed emotions while reading it, I like the history of Kendra and her relationship with his brother. I like her personality, she’s strong and smart, she loves to help even though everything doesn’t go right and she got blame in the end. I got sad about what happened when she helped the children from a gingerbread house, the prince and the mermaid. They all turned out not well.

This is not just about Kendra, but also about a girl named Emma. She’s a typical teenager with a gorgeous evil stepsister, Lisette. But it’s not a typical Cinderella story, so you must read it to find out why. It’s a great read, sometimes I hate Lisette and sometimes I pity her. But Emma is such a kind girl and I totally believe that she doesn’t Warner. Good thing she didn’t end up with him but with Travis. (*spoiler alert*, LOL, I can’t help it!)Anyway, I highly recommend this book to everyone who loves fairy tales and happy endings. 😉