Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

Note: This was originally posted on New Shade of Green (my other blog).

Hex Hall (Hex Hall, #1)Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

Publisher: Hyperion Book CH
Release Date: March 2, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
Age Group: Young Adult
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Goodreads Synopisis:
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.
What a fun, enjoyable read! I was a little weary of this book at first because I had read such good things about it, but at the same time I wasn't sure I'd be able to get into a paranormal-fantasy galore book... and I was still reeling from the fae world in The Iron King. Well, I had nothing to worry about! Hex Hall is a school for the Prodigium - witches, warlocks, shape-shifters, werewolves, faeires, ghosts, and you-name-it set somewhere near Savannah, GA. It's a murder mystery with a twist I have to admit, I didn't see coming, even though I thought parts of it were fairly predictable. I quickly liked Sophie, the protagonist. She's the "girl next door" with unrefined powers and full of witty jokes and come-backs. I had a few laugh out loud moments. I really enjoyed reading this book and can not wait to read the rest of the series!


Jen @ New Shade of Green said...

BTW, the second book in the series, Demonglass was even better! Love this series :).

Munnaza said...

Thanks so much for this review! I've heard amazing things about this book, but like you, I was also wary of reading it for this very reason. I'm so glad it lives up to the hype! It sounds really compelling, and since Harry Potter, I love anything to do with magical schools. I can't wait to pick this up!

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