Review: Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

  • Pub. Date: March 2010
  • Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • Series: Hex Hall #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.

 Review: I finally decided to take a chance with Hex Hall and I have to admit it was an enjoyable and quick read. At first I found Sophie's humor a little annoying but it grew on me along with her character. Sophie comes across as sarcastic and witty, mix that in with a witch who can't get one spell to go her way it actually made for a hilarious and entertaining read.

I also like the fact that there were not only witches but also demons,werewolves,vampires,ghosts, and faeries. All those paranormal beings in one novel helped make it very interesting without a dull moment in sight.

There were times when I found the plot to be predictable but nonetheless it still didn't take away from me eagerly flipping the pages to see what happens next.

Overall this was a fun, light, quick read and I'll be picking up the second in the series.

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