Saturday, August 17, 2013

Review: School Spirits by Rachel Hawkins

School Spirits by Rachel Hawkins

Published: May 14th 2013
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Page Count: Hardcover, 297
Source: Library
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
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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 theNew York Times best-selling Hex Hall series. Get ready for more magic, mystery and romance! - Good Reads

Based on my previous experience with Rachel, I knew I had to grab this book. I loved her Hex Hall trilogy. And this book even managed to exceed my expectations! The first few pages of a book are almost always tough for me to get through. Usually once I make it past, no one can pry the book away from my face, which is what happened with School Spirits.

Rachel Hawkins is a fabulous writer. Buckets full of green envy splurges out of me when I read her books, because she has such a knack for writing humour and banter! 

I absolutely loved Izzy. I found it very easy to relate to her despite us being wildly different. You know, since I haven't had the opportunity to kill any monsters and the lack of red hair. I loved Izzy's development throughout the book and I found the relationship between Izzy and her Mother to be a very nice touch to the overall storyline as well. 

The romance of the book was nice and light. As usual, I'm always shipping the "wrong couple". But seriously, Izzy + Torin = THEY NEED TO GET TOGETHER RIGHT NOW! MAKE IT HAPPEN! I'm serious. 

I would recommend School Spirits to those that enjoy a lighter paranormal read laced with plenty of humour and romance. Please read it and tell me I'm not the only one daydreaming about Izzy and Torin ending up together! 

UPDATE: I was under the impression that there would be more than one book. After further investigation I have discovered that this will be the only book. 


  1. I adored her Hex Hall books and agree, Rachel's writing is hilarious and entertaining. Def need to read this one soon. Great review!

    Confessions of a Vi3tBabe
    Deity Island

    1. You do! It really is good! Apparently it was meant to be part of a series, but ended up not being for reasons that are confusing to me. It does have a closed enough ending, but DARNIT! I'm a little sad right now.

      Thank you for commenting!

  2. I haven't managed to finish the Hex Hall series (even though I loved the first book) but I'm still planning on picking this one up. I'm glad to hear it exceeded your expectations. I'll be picking it up very soon! Fabulous review!

    Katie @ Katie’s Book Blog

    1. You really should finish them! The last one wasn't the absolute best last book ever, but overall it was still a good trilogy in my opinion! And this book was also very good, except that it's going to be the ONLY ONE!

      Thank you! :) And thank you for taking the time to read and comment!

  3. I think I'm two books behind on this series. I'm glad you enjoyed this one for the most part. Lovely review!

    1. You should definitely catch back up on the Hex Hall books and then check this out! :) Thank you!

  4. You know, I've still got to read the Hex Hall series. I keep hearing so many good things about it. And this book sounds just as good. Thanks so much for sharing. :)

  5. I've had Hex Hall for years, but have never gotten around to reading it. I've heard Hawkins is such a great, fun writer. I'm glad you enjoyed this so much. Too bad it's a stand alone!

    1. You should read it! :) She is a very fun writer! Yeah, I'm a little heart broken! Apparently it was meant to be more, but it didn't work out for some reasons my heart will never understand! </3

  6. Oh, I liked this one, too--but then again, I just like Rachel Hawkins' books. :) I'm glad you enjoyed! It's so great to have YA books that are FUNNY on top of a good story.

    I'm disappointed that the sequels (if there will be any...I mean, the story's left so open-ended!) are on hold for now. I hope she gets back to it at some point.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden