School Spirits Review

school spiritsTitle: School Spirits

Author: Rachel Hawkins

Source: Library Loan

Edition: Hardcover

Genre: supernatural, ya

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Published Date: May 14, 2013
My Rating: 3parachutes


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!


Dates Read: January 2 to February 4, 2014

My Review:

Okay I know three stars might seem a bit harsh, but it’s not like that. School Spirits is good, it’s well-written, Izzy & Co rock. Here is what led to my rating–I had already decided on four stars halfway through because it was good, not great, but then I found out there wasn’t a sequel and I had to deduct another star. The decision to have School Spirits remain on its own is a miss-step..

Well, if you’ve read School Spirits then you know there are several unanswered questions, too many loose threads and just no. I was actually thinking this spin-off was going to be another trilogy like Hex Hall had been, there is certainly enough story for one. Yet what we got is all we are ever going to get. To put it simply, I feel cheated. You would/will, too.

School Spirits is another successful novel from Rachel Hawkins that spins the tale of Izzy Brannick, do you remember her from the Hex Hall trilogy? Yeah that’s the one. I wasn’t sure I was going to be interested in a story told from her POV because I didn’t really feel much of a connection to her from Hawkin’s other books but you know what? I totally dug this, everything just worked. We are treated with Izzy’s laugh-out-loud sarcasm, as we join her on a job tasked with capturing a body glitter wearing vampire in the first chapter and it just keeps on getting better. Izzy is strong and funny and you’ll be cheering for her right from the start.

This is a good story, like I said before. I just wish there had been more, preferably with some more resolution. I am on the fence about recommending this because on the one hand School Spirits was good and I did enjoy reading it very much. Okay, this is how my recommendation will go… I recommend School Spirits to those looking for a hilarious ghost-hunting, first-time-in-public-school protagonist that ultimately saves the day and learns a couple of valuable life lessons. Just don’t get too upset when it ends and you still have some burning questions, because you will have them and you will be unsettled that they’ll never be answered.

Challenges: 2014 TBR Challenge, Goodreads


5 thoughts on “School Spirits Review

  1. A great review and you’re quite right in my mind 3* ‘s doesn’t mean a book isn’t worth reading it just means from my standpoint there are things that could have been better. You described what these were eloquently 🙂

      1. I had written a three star review just before I read your post yesterday and I always feel mean but as long as the good is reviewed as well as the less-good then it is likely plenty of people will choose to read it.

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