Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins
Release: March 2012
Hailed as “impossible to put down,” the Hex Hall series has both critics and teens cheering. With a winning combination of romance, action, magic and humor, this third volume will leave readers enchanted.Cover: I have long been a fan of these covers. (Even though, sadly, my copies of both Hex Hall and Demonglass are ARCs and don't feature the lovely covers.) I love the juxtaposition of the upper image with the colors and fierce pose of the model on the lover half of the cover. I think Demonglass's cover will always be my favorite, but Spell Bound's is definitely gorgeous. The green grass and swirling purple-pink water below is...well, spellbinding. I also like the change in the model's position on the top half of the cover. On the first cover, Sophie seems unsure and nervous, then powerful and confident in the second, and now, on Spell Bound's cover, she simply looks determined. The progression is definitely representative of Sophie's growth over the course of the trilogy. Finally, I have really enjoyed reading everyone's comments on the cat. I have read that a) he looks way older than on the other covers and b) looks way more lazy. Either way, I think the kitty is a great addition to the covers. He definitely plays up the witch/magic aspect of the series. And...okay, fine, he does look both older and more tired.
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?