Spell Bound (A Hex Hall Novel #3)

Loved this trilogy. The characters were fabulous – witty, interesting and likeable. The dialoge in this book and the others reminded me lot of the first few seasons of Buffy. Great snark. Even the ‘nemesis’ Edodie is a character you like and cheer on.

 

The over arcing plot of the trilogy was interesting, the ultimate villains not being the obvious foes. I won’t say the story arc was obvious – it wasn’t – but it wasn’t shocking to me either. But then, I’m a generation removed from the demographic for these books.

 

I genuinely enjoyed reading these books – I didn’t want to put them down until I was finished and the climax of this one left me feeling a bit misty eyed. I’ll definitely be checking out some of Ms. Hawkins’ other work.

Demonglass (A Hex Hall Novel #2)

A great read. I’ve found that just about every trilogy has a bit of a sophomore slump in the second book, but I enjoyed this one a lot. Fast paced, lots of action and such great characters! And such wonderful snark! Witty dialog can redeem a so-so book, but when you have a great story and witty dialog, it’s a joy to read and I didn’t want to put it down.

 

Luckily, my impulse book buying habits had me buying both this book and the third one at the same time. It’s not a major cliffhanger, but it’s not a small one, and I was thrilled that I could close this book and immediately pick up the third and keep on reading.

Hex Hall (Hex Hall Series #1)

It’s a bit hard to rate this book, or review it, as it’s definitely not a book for my demographic. BUT, this is a book I would have loved loved loved as a ‘Young-adult’ and as it is, I found it to be a very fun read as a not-so-young-adult. I love Sophie’s wit and humor and the students around her are all interesting and far from bland. The plot was excellent and I didn’t find it at all predictable – I loved the ending. Not so much loving the Archer twist…  Part of a trilogy, I’m looking forward to seeing how the story develops.

Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School Book the First)

A fabulous adventure! The names of the characters in this book alone are worth the read!  

 

Ms. Carriger has a beautiful way of immediately putting you into the book – it was so easy to ‘see’ the story as I read the pages of the book – even the incredibly complicated layout of the school was visible to some degree in my minds eye.

 

The Parasol Protectorate character crossovers made getting to know this new world easier and more entertaining as well. I’m very intrigued by Mr. Niall too. Just a wonderful, fantastical adventure of a read all around. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys some paranormal steampunk.

Death, Doom, and Detention

After a week of reading books that disappointingly read like paper-pulp Xanax, Death Doom and Detention was just the breath of fresh, fast-paced air with kick-ass dialogue I needed. An excellent story with really great characters you can get behind. And thank you thank you thank you Ms. Jones for having two breath-taking male leads and no love triangle!! I can cheer both of them on!

 

Seriously, there wasn’t anything I didn’t like about this book – nothing. I picked it up and did not put it down again until I’d read not only the last page (ok, a little tiny bit of boo and hiss here) but the sneak peak at the next book in October. I was reading this book outside and seriously, it was so good, I did not move even after the rain started (it wasn’t a lot of rain, and I shielded the book, of course!).  Thank you for not making me wait a year until the next one.

 

I know this is YA, but it’s a great story/series. I can’t help but try to mesh events in this series with those in the Charley Davidson/Adult series. Different, I know, but still fun to imagine. 🙂