Saturday, July 20, 2013

Hex Hall [Book Review]

#1 in Hex Hall series
Kindle Edition, 337 pages
Published May 28th 2010 by Hyperion
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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 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.

My Thoughts:
Sophie Mercer is a typical 16 year old girl - except that she's a witch. She lives with her non-witchy mother who teaches mythology and folklore. Her father lives in London where he talks to Sophie every blue moon. After 19 schools and counting, Sophie's father ships her off to a reform school called Hecate Hall on Graymalkin Island in Georgia. It is full of witches, warlocks, faeries, and shifters.

Sophie rooms with the only vampire on the grounds, Jenna, who is suspected of murdering her last roommate, a witch named Holly. After getting to know Jenna, Sophie knows she was not capable of murder. She is curious to learn the true nature of Holly's death and find out who really murdered her.


I am a sucker for boarding school-esque books. I'm a sucker for supernatural beings. When I saw this book, I thought I would love it and I was absolutely right. I read this book in one day. I couldn't put it down. The pacing is perfect. The world building is even more perfect. To me, the ending was creepy as all get-out. I loved Sophie. I loved the Hawkins created a totally NOT exploited lesbian (Jenna). Just every part of this book was awesome and I am biting at the bit to read the next. 

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney [here]

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