by Rachel Hawkins
Hex Hall series, book four
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? (description from Amazon.com)
I full-on love the Hex Hall series. These books are quick, funny reads. The first three books, which featured Sophie, wrapped up their own storyline and this book starts a whole new adventure with a great new female lead. Izzy was brought up to kick some tail. Like Sam and Dean Winchester, her life and family are both wrapped up in fighting the bad guys. Similarly, Izzy's also lost a family member to the strange, and her grief and guilt over losing Finlay makes doing her job just that little bit harder...
Hawkins manages to take a girl in turmoil throw her into the "fire," toss in some boy confusion, and still leave me smiling as she maneuvers her way out of the mess. The awkward teen conversations, the sneaky (hawt) glances, the quick, but loving family moments...these are what will keep me reading for as long as Hawkins is writing this series.
And just a little tidbit to get you interested...my favorite quote from the book:
“Oh, gross. He was one of those body-glitter-wearing jerks.”
Make the mental note now that Hawkins does not approve of glittery vampires. LOL!
Full disclosure: eARC received from Netgalley