Spell Bound: Hex Hall Series, Book 3 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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?
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|Listening Length||7 hours and 30 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||July 30, 2012|
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#108,865 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
#84 in Paranormal & Supernatural Fantasy for Children
#955 in Action & Adventure Fantasy for Children
#2,496 in Teen & Young Adult Paranormal & Urban Fantasy
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Sophie is still the smartass that I absolutely love, after everything she has been though it has made her stronger and a little wiser. She still funny, witty and have the some of the best lines I have ever read. Soph has gone through some majorly bad s*** and the worst is nowhere near over. In Spell Bound Sophie is going to go through a lot more horrible stuff before she get her, I'm not going to say happily ever after because at the end of all the s*** that she and everyone else goes through I don't think that an happily ever is going to possible, but they get a decent ending.
Sophie ends up with the Brannicks and Cal, her dad and Archer are alive and they all team up to help stop Lara Cansoff's evil plan. The plot was excellent and everything flowed nicely and this book wrapped everything up.
Spell Bound had all sorts of supernatural creatures (of course), magic, quests, an truly evil plot, friends are made, there were family revelations and a death that was truly heartbreaking. So as you can imagine, I think Spell Bound was a really good read. I laughed (Sophie), cried, couldn't wait to see what happened next and thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
This was a great ending to the trilogy. I was so emotionally invested in the characters that I gasped and teared up a few times. I love Sophie and Jenna. They are true friends and the way they come through for each other is wonderful. Archer and Cal were both great characters and it was hard to decide who I wanted Sophie to be with. The magic and the world were really cool and I loved how all the threads of the family history came together. The ending was incredibly satisfying. I kinda want to reread the entire trilogy again and savor it one more time.
The story picks up where Demonglass left off. We finally learn the fate of Sophie and, eventually, the others after the explosion that rocked Thorn Abbey. One thing that Hawkins does with adept skill is create characters people are invested in. I feel Sophie's pain as she waits for news of her friends and family. In fact, I worried along with her. The characters are richly drawn and entertaining. The addition of the Brannicks and Torin added a new dimension to Sophie's story that deserves to be explored more.
The plot lines were interesting and always kept me guessing. The entire Hex Hall series has a feeling of motion. The pace moves from one situation to the next with little time to take a breath. The story has a few quiet moments that add depth and gravity to the final chapters of the book.
However, there is one negative. Without spoiling anything, one character did not get the ending he deserved, at least in my opinion. As a reader, it is difficult to invest in characters and then feel cheated by their ending. When something major happens to a character, there needs to be some importance for it or reasoning behind it. When that explanation is lacking, it is difficult to accept the character's fate. This was the one thing in the book that didn't work for me.
Overall, Hex Hall is an entertaining series with strong characters and fantastic humor. If you like snarky paranormals with a diverse cast of characters, this series is for you.
I did like how it was written it was a good change to what I usually read and I thought it was funny so I would recommend it
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As always, Sophie is such a great female lead. I love her courage and determination, and I love her awkward jokes when she's in uncomfortable situations. Absolutely hilarious. We learn more about her mum's side of the family in this book, and I really enjoyed that. We see that strong will and determination runs in the family!
I did feel that a little too much time was spent on romance rather than saving the world from demons. If the world is about to come to an end, you don't fool around! I also didn't think that the story had that urgent feel that it should have had; it just cruised along. That said, it was still a fast paced book and it had almost non-stop action. I just didn't feel as though the world was going to blow up, if that makes sense.
Like I said above, I was extremely pleased with the ending. This isn't another Harry Potter, where characters die left and right, so I was a little disappointed by that (I like suffereing, okay?) but overall I think Rachel Hawkins did a brilliant job wrapping up her trilogy and also leaving room for more.
As for my favourite book in the trilogy, I can't say that this is it. My favourite is definitely Demonglass, because that was one explosive book. Spell Bound was still excellent though, and I'll definitely be treasuring this trilogy and recommending it to everyone!
SpellBound is one heck of a ride. It is easily the best book in the Hex Hall series. There are a lot of twists and turns and revelations in the plot, and we get to be reunited with some old friends as well as meeting some new characters. In this book we finally get to meet the Brannicks, and they are some awesome kick-ass females. Although a bit late to the party, it was rather cool to finally meet this group of warrior women. They were in some ways the total opposite of Sophie and her friends - they were very dedicated to learning the warrior arts - but at the same time the younger ones were still just girls like Sophie. In contrast to the Brannicks, The Eye remained an anonymous group. Sophie was definitely kick-ass in this book and it was nice to see her deep ties with her friends.
The plot of this book was a twisty-turny thing, which made it a brilliant read as there were a LOT of surprises along the way - none of which I saw coming. The book jumps between the Brannicks and Hex Hall, with a side excursion on the way. You definitely know who is friend, and who is foe in this book - that was laid out very neatly in Raising Demons, and there isn't any change in the line-up really. The basic plot is pretty easy to guess, but it is executed brilliantly. I just wish the guys had, had a bit more of screen time and that Elodie and Jenna had got to show their kick-ass ability more. The ending of the book was very interesting. There is a definite sense of a conclusion at the end of this book, but there are also possible hints of more books in this series in the future.
This book is definitely one to read if you like the Hex Hall series, and if you're a fan of young adult paranormal romance then the Hex Hall series is definitely one you should consider reading, especially if you're looking for something a little different as it focuses more on `witches' than it does on vampires or shapeshifters - though they too feature in the series.
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I'd say that I got really into it with about 100 pages left to go when the events of the last book and this culminated in a battle of good versus evil.
The ending has made me a little sad in regards to one thing that happened but also kinda happy about something else.
It was a good ending but for me the start let it down a bit.