The line that defines this book: “A lot about vampires is dorky”. Rachel Hawkins always brings something different in each of her books. It’s safe to say I enjoyed School Spirits. It was quirky, fun and just super awesome.
So it’s set in the Hex Hall universe but we’ve got a new narrator. Meet (or if you’ve read the Hex Hall series, re-meet) Izzy Brannick. She’s just your average awkward teen with monster hunting blood running in her veins. Because of a mission, she and her mum move to Ideal, Mississipi where Izzy starts high school, meets new friends and try to solve a ghost haunting. Can I just say, I loved how her mum buys her TV shows so that she can learn about high school. How adorable is that? That’s not the only I liked though. The characters were really fun to read about from badass Izzy to weird Dex to ghost believer Romy to… um yeah, I don’t know how to describe Anderson as anything but boring.Most of the characters were interesting.
The plot wasn’t as entertaining as Hex Hall’s one but I guess that’s because it’s set in a non-magical place. I still liked it well enough though, even if some parts were a bit predictable. I’ve probably said this before, but I love love love Rachel Hawkins’ writing style. It’s always funny but still has interesting content, it’s easy to read and doesn’t have a lot of useless, complicated words. It was exactly what it was packaged as: a fun, teen read. Talking about the packaging, the cover has the same theme like the Hex Hall ones.
If you’re planning to read this, I will tell you now, do NOT compare it to Hex Hall, because this book shone in its own way. All the characters minus Anderson had their own little quirks, the plot was freaking ghostly, the writing flowed really well. I liked it and can’t wait for the Brannicks’ plus Dex’s next adventure.
Rating: 4/5 bamboo sticks – Panda was freaked out, not only from the ghost in the story but from the awesomeness.