07 July 2013


{Review} School Spirits - Rachel Hawkins

School Spirits by Rachel Hawkins
Genre: YA Paranormal
Release Date: May 14 / 2013
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
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!

School Spirits is a spin-off to the Hex Hall series. Hex Hall is one of my favorite series ever as it is entertaining and humourous. When I heard that Rachel Hawkins was going to write a spin-off on Izzy Brannick, I was instantly excited. And I was not disappointed.

Izzy Brannick is Sophie's cousin and the Brannicks were trained to fight the Prodigium (supernatural creatures). Izzy's sister mysteriously disappeared on a mission and her mom is sending her to solve a ghost case at public school for a chance at normal life.

School Spirits definitely brings back the taste of Hex Hall with a new set of characters. Izzy is a strong fighter (like a tiger among kittens) but she can't help loving normal people stuff (like TV shows, hanging out with friends, etc). She's a strong heroine and is determined to see things til its end and is protective of her friends. Dex (the love interest) is a great kid who's hilarious. He had me laughing a lot of times and is a nice guy all around. There is always something off about him that we get to find out at the end of the book that shocked me! Romy was a great friend to Sophie and I liked how she didn't back down from others when she's looked down on. All these characters have great qualities that made me instantly like them.

School Spirits is a fun and adventurous book just like the Hex Hall series and I can't wait for the second book (there isn't one coming for a while now). I would recommend it to everyone who loves supernatural stuff and characters that can make you laugh :D



  1. Oh I love Hex Hall! This is definitely an interesting one, and I'm happy it didn't disappoint. And I'm so glad your rating system's like mine. Haha! Everyone else uses the star thing :D Great review Ariella!

    1. I know! Everyone uses stars and whatnot. And I didn't know you use the grade system like I do. Ya we can be buddies! And Hex Hall is awesome. You should really read it :D

  2. I really want to read this book! I loved the Hex Hall series, so this one is at the top of my list. Nice Review!

    ~Sydney@Pika Pages

    1. You should read it soon and write a review for it!!!

  3. Ah, I still need to read Hex Hall. I own all the books but haven't gotten around to them yet. Love humor in books too so I will definitely be checking her books out!

    Alise @ Readers In Wonderland

    1. Check it out! I love Rachel Hawkins's books for their humour :)

  4. This was a disappointing book after reading Hex Hall! Great review :)
    -Scott Reads It!

    1. Too bad you didn't like it as much as I did :( But I like this almost as much as Hex Hall. Nothing will ever be better than the original right? (That's true for most series)

  5. I didn't really like the first book Hex Hall but I was think of picking up the second book and I haven't. And I like the sound of this spin-off one better. Though I guess I might not like it as much because I didn't enjoy Hex Hall that much. Dex sounds like a fun love-interest and of course he has to have something shocking going on about him--reminds me like Archer...O____O



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