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School Spirits by Rachel Hawkins

April 15th, 2013 by Debbie's World of Books

School Spirits by Rachel Hawkins

Source: Received for review

Publication date: May 13, 2013

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Summary from 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?

I am absolutely in love with Rachel Hawkins Hex Hall series and was so sad when it ended.  When I got the email that there was a spin off series and I had a chance to review it I wanted to do cartwheels.  I have mix feelings about School Spirits as I naturally want to compare it to Hex Hall but it’s quite different.  It almost reminded me of a young Buffy the Vampire Slayer sort of feel.  Overall, the story felt geared for a slightly younger audience than Hex Hall and while not bad by any means it did not grab me the way Hex Hall did.

Izzy and her mother are back trying to continue to get back into their groove after the disappearance of Izzy’s sister. The group of friends Izzy finds herself falling in with are a quirky, interesting bunch.  I loved Dex and the bantering between he and Izzy kept the story fun.  I would have liked to see a bit more character development of Romy and Anderson but by far the most intriguing character for me was Torin, the warlock that is stuck in the Brannick’s mirror.

We met Torin back in Hex Hall as well and I just can’t put my finger on whether or not he’s going to end up being a good guy or the villain.  I feel like he and Izzy are going to develop a thing which is kind of odd since she’s only 15 and he’s much, much older but guess we will have to wait and see.

Overall, the story was fun but doesn’t have the same zing as Hex Hall.

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