Fifteen-year-old Izzy Brannick was trained to fight monsters. For centuries, her family has hunted magical creatures. But when Izzy’s older sister vanishes without a trace while on a job, Izzy's mom decides they need to take a break.
Izzy and her mom move to a new town, but they soon discover it’s not as normal as it appears. A series of hauntings has been plaguing the local high school, and Izzy is determined to prove her worth and investigate. But assuming the guise of an average teenager is easier said than done. For a tough girl who's always been on her own, it’s strange to suddenly make friends and maybe even have a crush.
Can Izzy trust her new friends to help find the secret behind the hauntings before more people get hurt?
Hawkins’ latest book is told from Izzy Brannick’s perspective, a character that was featured previously in Hawkins’ early novels. Unlike Sophie, Izzy grew up battling magical creatures with her capable and strong older sister, Finley. Finley is missing, however, and Izzy and her mother cannot deal with the loss. Now, Izzy is attending a regular school to help her mother solve a mystery. She faces new challenges, like navigating the social horror pit that is high school, and letting friends into her life.
Izzy’s friends are a witty bunch of teens that had me laughing as I read. The main character herself, Izzy, was fun to read about. She is complex, driven, and relatable. Teen girls will love this novel and like the banter, drama, and supporting cast. My only complaint about School Spirits is that the ending exploded into existence after the whole book had been moving at a relatively slow pace. I felt like the ending was unrealistic (though this is about monster hunters – so I suppose my comment about realism seems odd).
*Reviewed by Kristin*
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