Archive for March, 2012

The end is nigh!

Posted: March 12, 2012 in Book Addict

Well, not THE end, but the end of a book series I’m hooked on.

Tomorrow is the release date for Spellbound – the final book in the Hex Hall trilogy by Rachel Hawkins.  I always both love and dread the end of a favorite series; I dread it because I know it’s the last time I’ll get to visit the characters and “world” created in the series, but I love it because all the questions are answered and conflicts are settled… most of the time.  Maybe part of it is knowing that I (or the author) won’t die with those things left unresolved.  For this same reason I won’t start watching a new tv series until it has been on for a couple of seasons or at least finished up storyline-wise before going off the air. After Jericho and Firefly I have learned my lesson.

At any rate… I will miss the Hex Hallers, but I can’t wait to see how it ends!

Continuing with the Soul Screamers reading challenge, it’s now time for book 2 in the series: “My Soul to Save.”  Again, I’m not a reviewer, nor do I play one on tv, so anyone wanting an actual review of the book is going to be disappointed with what I write.  Also again, I’ll do my best to stick to what happens in this book without giving away happenings in later books, but this will likely be full of spoilers about MSTSave, so be ye warned if you haven’t read it.

We start out at a concert given by two of the current hottest female singers: Eden and Addison Page.  Nash and Kaylee were given tix then backstage passes by Nash’s reaper brother, Tod (best not to ask how he got them…). Once they get behind the scenes they see Eden collapse on stage, but, instead of her soul hovering over her body, they see this weird stuff sucked up by another reaper named Libitina (Libby). Come to find out the stuff was demon’s breath, and Eden was full of it because she sold her soul for fame and fortune; Libby is a special reaper called in because demon’s breath is a controlled substance and dangerous to those who don’t know how to handle it properly.  Tod knew this was coming and wanted to see Libby in action; afterward they catch up for a little q&a with Libby (Tod seems to have a fanboy crush on her and what she can do); she tells him he can watch again on Thursday as she’ll be back for Addison. At those words, shit gets real for Tod because Addison happens to be his high school sweetheart before fame (hers) and death (his) got in the way of Happily Ever After. He decides he must save her soul from eternal torment and needs Kaylee’s help to do it; Nash doesn’t want to get involved with more dangerous Netherworld crap but he wants Kaylee involved alone even less, so they’re in.  After talking to Addison (telling your ex-gf-who-thinks-you’re-dead that your death wasn’t as permanent as one would think is always entertaining) they learn that she was more or less tricked/blackmailed into selling her soul by the head-honcho of the studio who is in collusion with the hellion who wants the souls. Everything was handled secretly and Addy doesn’t even know the hellion’s name which makes our heroic trio’s efforts a whole lot harder – how do you get something back when you don’t even know who has it?  While they’re trying to find out details and come up with a plan, Addy calls with both info AND a snag – the same deal has been offered to her sister, Regan, who, not knowing the real-deal, jumped at the chance; head-honcho is on his way to finalize the deal.  They get there too late to stop the transaction, but they do manage to throw a kink into future plans by having Tod’s boss there to “fire” the reaper who has been the go-between on these deals. After talking again to Libby and making an unscheduled (and probably unwise) trip to the Netherworld followed by a trip to the drugstore for balloons & Neosporin for Kaylee’s Netherworl-gotten-injury (which makes it worse, not better) and a quick jaunt over to have Addy fill up a few (demon’s breath is currency to the right “people” in the Netherworld), they cross back over to trade balloons for information – which they get.  The hellion is Avari (greedy little bastard), and he headquarters at an insurance building downtown. They grab Addy and Regan and head that way.  Once they get to Avari’s office they threaten/try to bribe him into giving up the souls, but he’ll only agree to release one of them.  I’m not saying which one (or does Avari throw in a double-cross? dunh-dunh-dunh!), but I will say that Kaylee is now firmly on Avari’s radar which doesn’t bode well for her… if she lives through her injury to begin with.

My thoughts:

There’s a lot going on simultaneously in this book: Kaylee is still learning how to do her bean sidhe thing, she’s living with her father for the first time in 13 years (big adjustment for both of them), her relationship with Nash is still in its infancy, and now she has to deal with yet another supernatural crisis.  She isn’t some superhero doing all these things with ease, though.  She really struggles and makes more than a few mistakes, but she’s determined to try her best – especially now that she knows what an eternity in the hands of a hellion means for souls, so she feels extra guilty for not being able to save the girls who died in the first book.  Nash has her back, though, and sticks by her even when he thinks she’s jumping in too far, too fast.  We learn more about Tod, too, and see that he still can’t put his humanity fully behind him no matter what reapers are supposed to do.  This wasn’t my favorite in the series, but it was still a great read and left me wanting more.