24 September 2011

Review- Hex Hall

Title: Hex Hall
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Series: Hex Hall #1
Publisher: Hyperion Book
Find it here: Amazon, Goodreads
Source: Purchased

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--en 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 suspects.

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.  

My thoughts: 

Hex Hall was a really fun read and a cute series that I can't wait to finish.  The aspect I enjoyed most about this book is the boarding school.  I love books that take place in boarding schools because there aren't any parents to have to worry about, there's only a few teachers and not all that many chaperons and a lot of crazy things can happen.

I also like that there is a mix of supernatural beings in this book and they all seem to get along, more or less.  But I would think that there would be crazier things happening since they are all attending the school  because they've been unable to control their powers.  So in the beginning, you have the normal antics of high school, the mean girls picking on the new girl and so on.  But then things start to get interesting when other students start making innuendos about Sophie's dad, three other girls practically force her to join their coven and her classmates are almost being murdered.

I really enjoy books that bring family history into the characters.  Sophie's family history is rich with extremely dark magic that has effected her whole hereditary!  Even by the end of the book, we've only scratched the surface of what has happened in the past leaving much more to be discovered in coming books.  There's also so much mystery and action going on that it left me wanting to read Demonglass right away!

Although it was a little surfacey and shallow, it was still a thoroughly enjoyable read.


Lea said...

I agree! This was such a fun, light read-- even though there wasn't very much plot depth, I thought it was very entertaining :)

~Lea @ LC's Adventures in Libraryland

Alexa said...

This was a good start to a series and in my opinion Demonglass is better than Hex Hall so I would suggest at least trying that one.

Anonymous said...

This book sounds like a lot of fun! Definitely adding to the wishlist.

Grace Fonseca said...

New follower. I was very lucky. I met Rachel Hawkins last week at the Brooklyn Book Festival. It was great. Can't wait to read this book. Come visit me over at Livre De Amour-Books of Love Blog.

Chrissie (Once Upon a Series) said...

I really enjoyed Hex Hall and Demonglass is really good too. I'm eagerly awaiting the release of #3! Great review :)

TG said...

I hadn't really thought about loving family history in books, but now that you mention it, I love it, too. Even though Hex Hall was mostly fun and light, the family history aspect made me take it a bit more seriously.

Mrs. Q: Book Addict said...

I recently read this one, and I really loved it!

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