Early Review: School Spirits by Rachel Hawkins

School SpiritsEarly Review: School Spirits by Rachel Hawkins
Book 1 in School Spirits series
Book provided by NetGalley and Disney Book Group
Release Date: May 14, 2013

Synopsis from Goodreads: 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!

AH’s Review – 3 Skulls – B

Isolde (Izzy) and her mother Aislinn are the last of the Brannicks, a family that is charged with killing the monsters (Prodigium) around us. The book begins as Izzy battles a vampire dressed in a glitter suit – ha! She fights him Buffy-style, but is rescued by her mother at the last moment. Izzy is barely out of her training and ever since her sister disappeared, her mom doesn’t really trust Izzy’s monster fighting skills.

This book is kind of cool. It was a super-fast read and I can see it appealing to young adult readers, especially preteen girls. Izzy is kick-ass. She and her mother live on a compound where Izzy trains daily. The magic is intriguing – I loved how Izzy and her mother traveled between cities using portals. They own a mirror with an imprisoned evil warlock.

Izzy’s world changes when she and her mother move to the town of Ideal, Mississippi, where a ghost has been haunting the local high school. Izzy finally gets to enroll in the local high school, where masquerading as a student, she is to dispatch the ghost so that she and her mother can continue the hunt for Izzy’s older sister. While ghosts are usually dealt with quickly, this is a particularly stubborn one and Izzy relishes her time as a “normal” student.

At school, she meets Romy and Dex, two members of the Paranormal Management Society (an unfortunate choice of acronym). They invite Izzy to join their club. It was kind of funny watching Izzy trying to deflect Romy’s attempts at communicating with spirits.

I loved Izzy’s banter with Torin, the imprisoned warlock in the mirror. No matter how Torin asked Izzy to release him, she continued to refuse. Torin also offers Izzy some interesting insights about life in general.

I adored Dex. I think that every girl needs a Dex in their life.

Lots of action. Lots of fun. Even a few Scooby Doo moments. I’m glad to hear that this is the start of a new series. Bring it on!

Rating:  ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠ 

Thank you to NetGalley and Disney Book Group for a review copy of this book.

© 2013 – 2014, Badass Book Reviews. All rights reserved.

Comments 2