Title: Spell Bound
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Source: Barnes and Noble
Back of Book Summary:
Just as Sophie Mercer has come to accept her extraordinary magical powers as a demon, the Prodigium Council strips them away. Now Sophie is defenseless, alone, and at the mercy of her sworn enemies—the Brannicks, a family of warrior women who hunt down the Prodigium. Or at least that’s what Sophie thinks, until she makes a surprising discovery. The Brannicks know an epic war is coming, and they believe Sophie is the only one powerful enough to stop the world from ending. But without her magic, Sophie isn’t as confident.Sophie’s bound for one hell of a ride—can she get her powers back before it’s too late?
Characters:Sophie and her band of supernatural sidekicks draw the reader instantly into the plot of the story. I struggled with the love triangle between Sophie, Archer, and Cal. I've had a hard time with those recently (since so many novels have begun to have this same subplot- The Hunger Games, Twilight, and Matched to name a few.) I really enjoyed Elodie in this novel. She was one of my favorite characters. The changes that develop in her character throughout the novel are true to form and make her easy to connect with as a reader. Besides Elodie- I did love Sophie Mercer. She was easy to identify with because of her humor and sarcasm.
Plot, Conflict, Theme:
The plot was well developed and kept the reader guessing. I enjoyed it for the most part. Again referring back to the love triangle, I was not enthralled, but it didn't turn me away either. There was only one other problem that I struggled with in the novel. I had a difficult time with how easy it was for Sophie to break the connection between the Casnoff sisters. I would have like more of an explanation behind that particular conflict resolution. Other than those two small issues, I like the team work that the characters used to defeat the villains and the human aspect that the villains were given as well.
Quality of Writing:
Rachel Hawkins is one of my absolute favorite authors. She has such a unique fun voice that her writing is next to impossible to set aside.
Cover:B for Basically Brilliant
Book: B for Basically Brilliant