Title: Hex Hall
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Series: Hex Hall #1
Publisher: Hyperion Books
Publication Date: March 2, 2010
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.
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.
Sophie Mercer was adorable! I loved how she was flawed, but likeable and relateable. Sophie definitely made this book for me; she was very charming and drew me into her world. The other thing I loved about this book was the development of her relationship with Archer. Thank goodness for a book without instalove! While Sophie did have a major crush on Archer from the get-go, I remember feeling that way when I was 16. But the development of the actual relationship felt totally natural and reminded me of the way I fell in love with my high school sweetheart: slowly, as friends.
This story would not be complete without the quirky sidekick: Sophie's vampire roommate, Jenna. I liked Jenna. She had her own stuff going on, instead of everything just revolving around the main character. Plus, I really loved how Sophie stuck with Jenna through the hard times, even when it would have been so much easier not to. Yay for Sophie being a good friend!
The biggest thing that bothered me with this book were the jokes. Many of them were not my kind of humor and came off as a bit lame.
Overall, I enjoyed Hex Hall a lot and have already started the sequel, Demonglass. It was a bit of a cliffhanger at the end of Hex Hall, so I had to jump right into book two. Sophie was cute and likeable and the plot was interesting and fast-paced enough to keep me reading. If you can read past the less-than-stellar jokes, I'd definitely recommend this one!
On the Cover:
I like the cover concept and I like how the girl's hair is a bit crazy, instead of everything being super perfect. But I still haven't figured out why there's a cat.
Rating: 4 Hearts
Source: Borrowed from the library.
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