Tag Archives: Prodigium

Spell Bound, Review

18 Jun

Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins (Hex Hall, #3)

Plot: 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 is without her powers at the start of this book; they are buried inside of her, locked away by the spell she underwent before her removal was to take place.  She steps out of the Itineris to find herself in the forest with the Brannicks, who she thinks are the enemy of all Prodigium, but Cal has sent her there to find her mother so she trusts him and goes. Someone high up in Prodigium society has been spreading rumors that are far from true about humans and those hunting Prodigium.  Just as someone has been raising demons on Graymalkin Island, right by Hecate Hall, not all the fires and destruction blamed on the Branicks and The Eye have been done by those groups.
Just as they are developing a plan of action, Sophie, Archer and Cal find themselves being magically transported back to a very different Graymalkin Island and Hecate Hall.  A spell has brought all the students back to create a force to take over the human world.  During the planning and battles that take place, a few things happened that made me pretty sad.  Archer learns the truth about his past and Cal sees what will be his future.  Sometimes knowledge is a good thing, but that doesn’t always lessen the pain it can cause.
This series was really well done. I was glad to see on her blog that she is supposed to have a new series starting this summer as I really did enjoy her writing style and her way with characters.
Would you recommend this book? Yes.
5 stars

Demonglass, Review

4 Jun

Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins (Hex Hall, #2)

Sophie Mercer thought she was a witch. That was the whole reason she was sent to Hex Hall, a reform school for delinquent Prodigium (aka witches, shapeshifters, and fairies.) But that was before she discovered the family secret, and that her hot crush, Archer Cross, is an agent for The Eye, a group bent on wiping Prodigium off the face of the earth. Turns out, Sophie’s a demon, one of only two in the world—the other being her father. What’s worse, she has powers that threaten the lives of everyone she loves. Which is precisely why Sophie decides she must go to London for the Removal, a risky procedure that will either destroy her powers forever — or kill her. But once Sophie arrives she makes a shocking discovery. Her new housemates? They’re demons too. Meaning someone is raising them in secret with creepy plans to use their powers. Meanwhile, The Eye is set on hunting Sophie down, and they’re using Archer to do it. But it’s not like she has feelings for him anymore. Does she?
Sophie’s character is easy to relate to and likable.  She knew, or thought she knew, that she was a witch for years. Now Sophie  has to spend the summer with her father who happens to be the council leader for the Prodigium council in England.  As she gets to know her father and more about the history of Prodigium and Demons, plus meets two other teenagers who are also demons who can’t remember anything about how they came to be demons or what their past was like, her plans start to waver.  Throw in the arranged future marriage that is in the plans for her and Cal, one of her best friends, and the fact that the guy she thinks she does love is working for the enemy, and she has an awful lot on her plate, distracting her from what is going on around her. Many things are not as they seem on the surface, and things fall apart in a big way. I think this is a good mix of likable characters, believable emotions, traitorous villains and supernatural elements.
Would you recommend this book? Yes.
5 stars

Hex Hall, Review

15 May

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins (Hex Hall, #1)

Plot: Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she is a witch. Her non-gifted mother has been supportive to her, consulting her estranged father-an elusive European warlock-only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention from a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, her dad exiles her 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 three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a pointless crush on a warlock, a tagalong ghost, and a roomate who happens to be the only vampire and most hated girl on campus. Sophie soon learns of a mysterious predator who has been attacking students, and her only friend is the number one suspect. As a series of mysteries begin to come together, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all, an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her.

I liked Sophie and the magical world she lives in. You could easily picture her as a witch who gets into trouble with her powers even when she is trying to do the right thing. Imagine how hard it is to fit in when you are dealing not only with the normal teenage angst, but also some added in powers and issues and friction from other types of witches and other supernaturals? I am really looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

Would you recommend this book? Yes.

4.5 stars