Series: Hex Hall #1
Published by: Disney Hyperion on March 2 2010
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
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Also in this series: Demonglass
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 tag-along 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.
Also by this author: Demonglass
Rachel Hawkins does an astounding job writing such a bewitching story. I was surprised that I couldn’t put it down! I found myself flying through the pages, wanting to know what happens next. The characters were highly entertaining, like a typical high school, only with magical creatures! Sophie is particularly a breath of fresh air in a sea of clueless damsels in distress. I love how she’s so snarky and she had me laughing quite a few times throughout the book with her inner monologue.
The story line is simple enough, Sophie has to adjust to life at a magical school after living in the “human world” her whole life. Slowly, bad things start happening and we learn that it’s mysteriously related to Sophie and her hidden history. I really loved Jenna, her pink-obsessed vamp roommate. She adds fun and insight to the story and they quickly become good friends. Archer, the super hot warlock, is your typical “bad boy” you can’t help but swoon over. Their first encounter is definitely a memorable and funny one, and there’s one scene that really stands out as awesome!
I loved how Hex Hall was a paranormal book, but it was also light-hearted and fun. Most PN books are dark and deep, and although Hex Hall does have its deep-rooted mysteries and evils, Hawkins throws in timely jokes and witty banter that kept me glued until the very last page. A great read and one you should pick up ASAP!