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Under A Spell (Underworld Detection Agency #5)

3.81  ·  Rating Details  ·  502 Ratings  ·  70 Reviews
Count your blessings, guard your curses—and watch your back…

Sophie Lawson was seriously hoping life at the UDA would get back to relative normal now that her boss Pete Sampson has been reinstated. Unfortunately, her new assignment is sending her undercover into a realm where even the most powerful paranormals fear to tread…her old high school. Being a human immune to magic
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Paperback, 392 pages
Published August 6th 2013 by Kensington (first published January 1st 2013)
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Jenne
Mar 24, 2015 Jenne rated it really liked it
Another quirky installment to the Underworld Detection Agency series. Sophie gets sent back to high school and has her own personal demons to put to rest. I'm beginning to get tired of the hot and then cold attitude of Alex's. I've always liked Will but it makes me mad when he's condescending to Sophie. Wish there had been more Nina parts...she's the highlight of the series IMO. Sets things up nicely for the final installment and I can't wait to see how it all plays out.
Meigan
I've figured out what makes this series work for me: when Alex and Sophie work together. I've never really taken a shine to Will all that much and his bland, gratuitous "British-isms". Calling someone "love" does not make one British, nor does having a deep affection for football. In this installment, Sophie an Will were the partners and Alex was around, albeit showing a decidedly different side of himself. I do appreciate the fact that he's wrestling with himself over his feelings for Soph, but ...more
Jaime
Aug 06, 2013 Jaime rated it it was ok
This is the fifth book in the series, and the second I have read. I read the fourth book Under the Gun but I think now I am done with this series. The good news is that this is a stand alone book, the mystery that needs to be solved is self contained, the relationships and past history among the character’s are clear. You will not feel left out at all.

My main problem with this series is that Sophie, the lead, is one of the worst detective’s ever. And not in a fun Pink Panther kind of a way. She
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Dianne
Feb 03, 2016 Dianne rated it it was ok
Shelves: galleys-arcs
This is yet another book in this series in which the character of Sophie has no growth. If anything, her character has taken a great leap backwards.

I believe that these books are might be mismarked and should possibly be labeled - Young Adult or even New Adult. The humor, what little there was, was childish and over-done. The plot, part of which has Sophie having to go back to her old high school to investigate student disappearances and possible coven activity was interesting. However, having
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Beth
Jul 06, 2013 Beth rated it really liked it
Sophie Lawson an agent for the UDA (Underworld Detective Agency) is getting sent on her most dangerous assignment yet...she must go under cover as a substitute in her old high school. A magical immune human is a wonderful talent but can't keep Sophie from fallen victim to the mean girls. Sophie must discover who is sacrificing the students before the most recent girl is murdered to their evil plot. A horrifying betrayal might keep Sophie from stopping the impending apocalypse but she will do eve ...more
Miki
This review was first published on my blog Lecture toute une Aventure

Sometimes I wonder why I continue some series…it’s perhaps because I hate giving up but I’m starting to think I will be glad when this one finish and we get a real conclusion.
Don’t take me wrong it’s not a bad series and I really love all the supernaturals we discover along the story and I do like it…however the author doesn’t manage to catch my rapt attention…Hannah Jayne tried to make the plot complex with false leads etc b
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Paris
Dec 13, 2014 Paris rated it really liked it
I really enjoy these Underworld Detection Agency books. They are everything I love in my urban fantasy plus an over abundance of humor. Sophie is hilarious and awkward and I love it. I laugh out loud often when I read these books, but then I’m on the edge of my seat as Sophie tries to solve whatever paranormal mystery is happening at the time. Under a Spell was action packed and awesomely funny from beginning to end. There’s always a sense of danger, even when Sophie is making us laugh.

There’s r
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Kristen
Aug 07, 2013 Kristen rated it really liked it
GENRE: Urban Fantasy
THEME: Werewolves, Vampires, Supernatural and Witches
RECEIVED: Author
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REVIEW:
I can’t believe its already been five books for the Underworld Detective Agency, I feel like this series is still just getting started. Jayne’s writing is still strong and her lead character Sophie is growing up more and more, starting to hold her own and fight back. As a die-hard fan I’m hoping that we finally get to know more about the Vessel of Souls in the ne
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Sue
Jan 01, 2014 Sue rated it it was ok
This series is beginning to wear thin. First of all the author is stringing the love triangle thing along FOREVER. I've found that the majority of avid genre readers I talk to abhor the triangle trope and many will avoid any series that use it. I don't mind as long as it resolves quickly and advances the plot. This one certainly hasn't achieved the former. The books seem to swing back and forth between guys (i.e. one book the MC is with Alex, the next she's with Will) with the "off guy" buzzing ...more
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
*Genre* Paranormal Romance
*Rating* 3.0

*My Thoughts*

Under A Spell is the fifth book in the Underworld Detection Agency featuring human "breather" Sophie Lawson who is not only immune to magic, but is also the fated Vessel of Souls that has everyone, good and bad angels, looking high and low for her. Protecting her from said angels, is Guardian/Firefighter Will Sherman and she may, or may not be in a love triangle with Fallen Angel Alex Grace who is working as a SFPD Detective but has suddenly tur
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Dark Faerie Tales
Apr 25, 2014 Dark Faerie Tales rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Under A Spell is one of those rare stories that combines laugh-out-loud moments with fast-paced thrills. Though her inner dialogue can get tiring at times, Sophie Lawson is probably the most realistic paranormal heroine I’ve encountered and I truly appreciated the light-hearted flair that her diverse cast of friends brought to the story.

Opening Sentence: “You want me to do what?”

The Review:

Sophie Lawson leads a fairly normal life. She has a
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Cindy
Jul 21, 2014 Cindy rated it it was amazing
Sophie Lawson is the only human at the Underworld Detection Agency, she's also the "Vessel of Souls" the person who holds the souls of deceased people in limbo. She is a null, magic and glamour doesn't work on her. So when girls have turned up dead or missing from a girls school Sophie's boss sends her and the man who guards her into investigate as substitute teachers...Sophie's worst nightmare. She went to the school in question and the horrors of high school have never been more nightmarish. A ...more
Kat
Apr 19, 2015 Kat rated it liked it
Basic Plot: When a girl goes missing at Sophie's old high school, she's tapped by the UDA to discover whether or not there is a coven of witches behind it.

I'm starting to get a bit frustrated by this series, and I've decided there are some sloppy authorial things that are causing it. Sophie is not a terribly good investigator. She has bad situational instincts, doesn't read people well, is extremely self-involved, and isn't terribly good at defending herself. The author keeps putting her in thes
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☀Rachael☀
Jul 25, 2014 ☀Rachael☀ rated it really liked it
And today I finished another awesome Sophie read! As always the trouble finds Sophie, I understand Sophie had a uncomfortable childhood but reliving it every other chapter gets a little annoying! But it was still quirky, fun and pretty awesome!
Erinw
Jul 08, 2015 Erinw rated it liked it
I have enjoyed reading this series, but this particular book was a let down. The plot was all over the place and contradicted itself. Sophie's guardian was supposed to be protecting her yet was at one point too busy watching TV to help her. He would yell at her to let him know what was going on, then hand over his car keys so she could hunt down the bad guys by herself. Alex, the angel, behaved like a jerk. The final scene of vanquishing the bad guy was ridiculous. I would give it two stars, but ...more
Carrie
Jul 24, 2013 Carrie rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Admittedly, I have not read any of the other books in this series, so that put me at a slight disadvantage when it came to backstory and overarching storylines. That being said, this book was a lot of fun to read. I’m sure I’m missing a lot of history, but the Will/Sophie/Alex drama really grabbed my attention. I was hoping that there would be some resolution (or at least some payoff of the smutty variety), but that wasn’t really wh
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Aimee
Aug 21, 2013 Aimee rated it really liked it
Sophie Lawson is an investigator in the Fallen Angels Division of the Underworld Detection Agency. She also happens to be the Vessel of Souls (or be the host for the Vessel of Souls), although not having read any other books in this series I’m not entirely sure exactly what that means. It has something to do with holding all of the souls that are in limbo, but beyond that the book doesn’t really explain it. For whatever reason, fallen angels are after the Vessel, which requires Sophie to have a ...more
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

In Under A Spell, Hannah Jayne's fifth book in the Underworld Detection Agency series, Sophie Lawson faces her greatest fear - high school. Ordered to go undercover as a substitute teacher at her alma mater to investigate rumours of a coven on campus. Sophie would rather walk through hell fire than the halls of the all girl school but with one girl dead and another girl missing, Sophie is determined to make the grade.

Set in San Francisco in a world where vampires, trolls and pixies etc live alon
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Cheryl M-M
Aug 13, 2013 Cheryl M-M rated it liked it
If this your first Underworld D. Agency book I would suggest reading a previous one(Under Wraps: Underworld Detection Agency Series, Book 1).
This can be read as a standalone book but some of the relationships are written in a way that presumes previous knowledge.
Case in point would be Vlad and Kale. Their squabbling and interaction is described here and there with a few fractions of info, which doesn't really give any clear indication of why, when or what who did what to whom. So the reader ha
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Amy A
Oct 15, 2013 Amy A rated it really liked it
Originally Posted at Vampire Book Club

I’ll admit, when I started this book I did not know that it was No. 5 in a series. Normally I do not read series books out of order for obvious reasons. I thought, however, for the sake of review I would give it a try.

Sophia Lawson works at the Underworld Detection Agency. She is their only human or “breather” on staff. She is impervious to magic and cannot perform it either. In Under a Spell Sophie’s boss tasks her with returning to her old high school as
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Kt
Aug 15, 2013 Kt rated it it was ok
Review originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..

Sophie Lawson has just been handed her worst nightmare of a case: going back to her old high school. The mere thought sends her into a state of utter panic, but with girls going missing and a witch coven at suspicion, she doesn't have much not choice. Not if she doesn't want those girl's deaths on her conscious. So, teamed up with her Guardian, Will, she'll be headed back to the one place she swore never to return. Vampires, ghouls, and even
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Literary George (For Your Literary Pleasure Blog)
Being an urban fiction fanatic this story held a lot of promise. In between Ilona Andrews, Patricia Briggs and Devon Monk releasing their new books I try to find those series that are on par with them but I have missed. I thought that maybe I had found one with Hannah Jayne and her series the Underworld Detection Agency. Sophie Lawson is our main heroine and she is a null which means that magic doesn't work on her. She is also the vessel of souls which means... she gets a cute Guardian called Wi ...more
Jennifer
Aug 08, 2013 Jennifer rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from net galley in return of an honest review.

Under a spell is the 5th book in this series, underworld detection agency, which features Sophie Lawson as the only living breathing human that works there.

I have not read the other books in this series and while I really enjoyed the book, I don't know if I would go back to read the first 4 books. This book is written so that it can be read alone without reading the others. I will definitely read any books that come o
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Jeannie Zelos
Aug 06, 2013 Jeannie Zelos rated it it was amazing
Under A Spell Hannah Jayne
ARC supplied by Netgalley
I've read all these now from the first in the series, and its always a fun adventure where poor Sophie lands in all sorts of trouble. This time is no exception. Thinking now her old boss is back she'll be able to relax, Sophie and Will are sent as supply teachers to a school where a pupil is missing as there's rumours of witchcraft involvement. As usual Sophie takes on more than just the job, desperately wanting to find the missing girl, and fea
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Deniz
Sep 17, 2013 Deniz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal, kickass
FUN FUN FUN!
3.5Stars

Definitely the best way to describe this is just saying it over and over again. I really had fun reading this. It's one of those books you just read in one sitting, smirk allot and are thoroughly entertained.
And honestly that's that. It's not one of those books that leaves you in awe of the writters skills or amazed by the worldbuilding nor does it stay with you for days.. it's just good old fun.

I never read any of the previous books, but that actually didn't matter. I caugh
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Sarah Eisele
Sep 11, 2013 Sarah Eisele rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Usually I'm very strict with myself about reading series books in order, but when I started reading Under a Spell, I didn't realize that it was the fifth book in the Underworld Detection Agency series; however, I was already reading -- and enjoying it, so what the heck -- rules are meant to be broken. Occasionally.

Sophia Lawson is the only human staff member at the Underworld Detection Agency. Magic does not work on her, nor can she perform magic. Sophia is sent undercover as a substitute teache
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Sarah
Nov 04, 2013 Sarah rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I enjoyed this book, but not quite as much as the previous Hannah Jayne books. Sophie's stubbornness and naivete were pretty grating this time around--wasn't it obvious that she was wrong about who she thought was bad? Why did Will and Alex go along? But I loved the tension between Sophie and Will & Alex, although I'm not sure why she's still mooning over Alex when he's such a jerk.


**Spoiler Alert***


I think the part that bugged me the most was the ending. After they solved the case, there w
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Tory Michaels
Aug 13, 2013 Tory Michaels rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This is definitely part of a series, though I didn't know that when I picked it up from NetGalley. Sophie Lawson was pretty amusing as a character, though her snark got on my nerves. Anyone who knows me, knows I like snark and have snarkiness in my heroines. Unfortunately, Sophie was just waaaay over the top at times and places. There were a few times I almost gave up on the book. But, the overall story was intriguing enough that I ultimately couldn't put this book down and not finish it.

As I sa
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Willa
Jul 01, 2013 Willa rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2013, reviewed
I received this book from Netgalley in return for writing an honest review.

This is the fifth in the UDA (Underworld Detection Agency) series featuring Sophie Lawson, the only human, i.e., non-paranormal, employee.

I had enjoyed the first three in the series (Under Wraps, Under Attack and Under Suspicion), but found the fourth, Under the Gun, really hard to get into. It actually worked out, though, because I had just finished it when I received the ARC of Under a Spell, which I enjoyed a LOT more
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