Tuesday, May 14, 2013

School Spirits Review

School Spirits (School Spirits #1) By Rachel Hawkins

School Spirits (School Spirits, #1)Book Description

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? Rachel Hawkins' delightful spin-off brings the same wit and charm as the New York Times best-selling Hex Hall series. Get ready for more magic, mystery and romance!


ebook, 303 pages           
Hardcover, 304 pages
Expected publication: May 14th 2013 by Disney-Hyperion
 
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First off I am a huge huge fan of Rachel Hawkins's Hex Hall series and I'm glad that she continues this world. Now there are new people that we get to meet but in other words we meet people we met in Hex Hall, more importantly Sophie's mom side of the family.
 
Review
At first impression the Brannick family is one hard core monster hunters family but they really do have a weakness for family. Izzy Brannick and her sister Finley were on a monster hunt, but somehow that hunt gone wrong and Finley disappeared.
Now the goal is to find Finley but it was not going to be an easy task, but Izzy's mom decides that going to small town Ideal, Mississippi to deal with a ghost might help pass the time while she search far and wide for Finley.
Izzy isn't your typical girl, she doesn't have friends, she doesn't shop or think about boys . . . she much rather fight whatever is thrown her way. But Izzy's cover is to blend in with the Mary Evans High Students and also learn more about this "Ghost Haunting".
While attending Mary Evans High, Izzy meet a small group of teens that hunts the supernatural, Izzy must do all that she can to protect her newfound friends and help the ghost of Mary Evans High passed.
Izzy also meets a boy named Dex but from the moment they touched, she sense some sort of magic humming through him although she can't pinpoint it.
But soon Izzy has to do her job and make sure that the gang doesn’t go do some magic when they know nothing about the consequences.
 
I give this a Four Cat's Tails Review, I like that it is a spin off of this world Rachel created now it just the matter of time to read more of what Izzy Brannick will be doing since the first book is just based on one mission.
 
Ramble
Ok first off this is not a continuous of Sophie from the Hex Hall series, this is a spin-off of this world and is focused on Izzy Brannick whom we met later in the Hex Hall series when things were going bad. This is also Izzy Brannick's Pov and boy she is new at this being "normal tennager" when all her life has been about hunting monsters.
 
Mary Evans High has a ghost haunting, the story goes way back when but now things have stirred up and Izzy must put this ghost to rest. What was interesting was how there were controvery about Mary Evans the ghost, its goes a little like this . . .She was the mayor of Ideal, Mississippi daughter, she might have had a lover quarrel with a teacher and gets knocked up, they were supposed to run off together but he left her alone and she somehow died.
 
Now don't worry Rachel didn't just make this all about getting rid of a ghost, she added a little boy like girl and girl like boy. Izzy met Dex who is very handsome and goofy, he also just happens to be part of the PMS (Paranormal Management Society) squad. Izzy knows nothing about this concept of boy like the girl and girl like the boy and why would she? Her life doesnt involve being social with people, just social with monster who ends up dead.
 
The ending was a twist, Dex is truly is of magic and how it came to become of that was a consquence and Izzy and her mom decides to stick around Ideal, Mississippi a little longer before moving on or at least until there is more information about Finley.
 
This series will be focused on whatever mission it taks the Brannicks to find Finley, who or what is another question but someday soon, Izzy and her mom will be reunited with Finley.
 
Memorable Quotes
“What I do is every bit as natural as what fancy Latin witches can do. If anything, hedge magic is more elegant.” ~ Maya
 
.”He’s Prodigium. I think. Idont know He felt strange when I touched him. “ ~ Izzy
 
“Sorry. We probably haven’t reach he inappropriate touching stage of our friendship yet”  ~ Dex

"And now that I've stolen food from you, it's official. You and me, friends for life." ~ Dex
 
Rachel HawkinsAbout the Author
Rachel Hawkins (www.rachel-hawkins.com) was a high school English teacher before becoming a full-time writer. She lives with her family in Alabama. To the best of her knowledge, Rachel is not a witch, though some of her former students may disagree.

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