Saturday, July 30, 2011

Review: Hex Hall

Title: Hex Hall
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Publisher: Hyperion
Page Number: 323
Series: Hex Hall Series - Book 1

Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. It's gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie's estranged father--an elusive European warlock--only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it's her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.
By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard: three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, a creepy tagalong ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and only vampire student on campus. Worse, Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her only friend is the number-one suspect.
As a series of blood-curdling mysteries starts to converge, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her.



I don't know why, but I was having a really hard time deciding if I wanted to rate this book 4 or 5 stars. I decided on 5 because I'm not sure what would make me want to rate this as anything less than 5 stars.

The plot of this book reminds me a little of Harry Potter. Probably because of the whole "school for magical beings that the human world has no idea even exists" thing. Yea, I'm thinking that's why. In any case, the writing is funny, maybe a little predictable in some places, but still an awesome read.

Sophie is a witch, raised by her human mother because her father is MIA. She's had a few spells gone wrong. Maybe a few too many. Because of this, Sophie is sent to Hecate Hall, Hex Hall to the students, a boarding school meant to reform magical children. There are witches, shape-shifters, faeries, and vampires. Well, a vampire.

Sophie's just learning to fit into this world, but it won't be easy with Jenna, the school's only outcast and a vampire, as her roommate; Elodie and her beautiful (read: mean) coven of witches just begging her to join them; and, oh yeah, Archer Cross, Elodie's boyfriend, who Sophie is beginning to fall in love with despite her better judgement.

Sophie was an interesting character. She had a lot to face up to in this book, and I think she did fairly well. Jenna was probably my favorite character. I mean why wouldn't you love a vampire that's obsessed with pink? Jenna was a really good friend to Sophie, and she was treated badly by pretty much everyone at Hex Hall. A LOT. Elodie is like the epitome of mean girls. I mean, geez! Next character: Archer. Let's just pause for a moment. *swoon* Archer was a really complex character, and I mean really complex. I think I can safely say that you will be very surprised by the ending of this fabulous book.

Hex Hall was an awesome read! It had tons of laughs, magic and mystery that pull you in and keep the pages turning. I'd love to know what you think if you've read Hex Hall or what you think if you didn't, so please feel free to leave me a comment. I can't wait to see what the next book in the series has in store for us! I'm hooked!


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