Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Review: Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

Summary: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.

Review: Hex Hall is one story we've all read before. There's the teenage girl who has an interesting life to say the least, a normal mom who's married to a man who's nothing but normal, a father who has all but abandoned her. So then she gets sent to a "special kids school" for witches and warlocks and such. But it's the characters, the details, the wonderful way Rachel Hawkin's has written this book that sets this apart for the rest.

The character of Sophie is one of my favorites. She's a brave, witty and down to earth even though she's a witch. Or so we think. She was fun to read about and there were parts where I felt so bad for her and other times where I rooted for her. Unable to control her powers, one Prom night when a simple Love Spell goes wrong, Sophie finds herself at Hecate Hall (or referred to as Hex Hall by the students), a school for troubled withes, warlocks, shape-shifters, and faeries.

Add in a vampire named Jenna as a roommate, a girl everyone hates, and making/befriending/becoming enemies with three very popular, beautiful girls, and having a crush on the hot, unavailable, bad boy of the school. Now, Sophie's life is perfect. Not.

Then begins the unusual occurrence around the school and Sophie learns there's more to Hex Hall, her friends and enemies and even herself. With a lot of big surprises that catch you completely off your guard, Rachel Hawkin's has created a wonderful magical world, full of great characters and all.

One thing that was a good addition to this book was the romance. Meeting Archer Cross, he seems like your typical bad-boy-who-just-happens-to-be-the-boyfriend-of-one-of-the-most-popular-girl's-at-her-school-who-just-happens-to-have-a-secret. And the romance between the two is also very predictable. But I was not prepared for the big throw off that was put in this book. Now I want more Sophie-Archer then ever before.

With it's witty, annoying, bratty characters, haunting details and so many surprises that throw you off and you never see them coming, this is one debut book I loved a lot. And Rachel Hawkin's is a great author. I can't wait for the sequel.

Grade:Go to fullsize image I really liked it.

Cover: A+, I love it! The book I have has the three girls on the cover, but I like this one more. It's mysterious, scary, and great looking all at once. The two models look so in character, one probably Sophie and the other one is probably Alice.

Overall: A great captivating, spellbinding (no pun intended) read that many will enjoy!


  1. I want to read this one!!

    I just skimmed your review so that I dont spoil it for myself but I am pleased with your rating. Makes me more eager!!=)

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