Title: School Spirits (Book 3.5 in Hex Hall)
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Release Date: May 14, 2013
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?
Hawkins has done it again! As the beginning to a new series from the POV of a different character (Izzy Brannick), I absolutely adore this book! I like how there were references to the other characters like Sophie and Archer, almost as though we got to check in on them every now and then, and how Sophie and Izzy were similar as narrators (which makes sense, because they’re cousins). The combination of new story with same setting made a terrific book.
The new secondary characters were great, too. Dex and Romy and Anderson were fun people, and perfect for Izzy and the plot. Giving them any other personality would have been weird. I really loved how Izzy had to try to fit in and get used to high school – how removed she was from the rest of the world was never that apparent in the other book, so this gave a lot of insight to the Brannick family. I also liked how the romance kept me on the tips of my toes, unsure of how it would turn out. I think that the way the romance ends leaves room for hope and most definitely another book! Plus, there’s all the unresolved issues, like Finn, Torin, etc.
Seeing as how this is the fourth straight Hawkins novel I’ve read, I believe it’s safe to say that I love this author, her series, and the especially her characters. Even though the next few books I have lined up to read are not by her, I will surely be on the look out for more (and there had better be another in this particular storyline)!