Book Review: School Spirits

Synopsis according to Goodreads:
"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?

School Spirits is the first in a Hex Hall spinoff series, centering on the Brannick family. While there's a very tiny reference to Sophie, this is pretty much a standalone- you do NOT need to have read any of the Hex Hall to follow this story.

So it's pretty typical: supernatural contemporary YA where sheltered girl finds love with oddball boy, and learns friendship while battling homicidal ghost. The "big reveal" is pretty teased out ahead of time, so there was nothing surprising in the plot. And Izzy is fun, but I didn't connect with her the way I connected with Sophie. Neither did I feel really drawn along by the Finley sub-plot. 

If you're wanting a fun, lighthearted story this fits the bill. It's not as engaging or hilarious as Hex Hall was, but it makes for a pleasant distraction.

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