Release Date: March 2, 2010
Series: Hex Hall #1
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: Bought
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.
Why did y’all let me wait sooo long to read Hex Hall? Why!? I guess I can’t blame this all on you guys–although I’m going to blame it mostly on you guys–I did buy the over a year ago. It’s been sitting on my shelf ever since. I finally decided that I must read it asap because I was going to the Decatur Book Festival during Labor Day weekend and Rachel Hawkins was on one of the panels. For the second year! So, I though it was probably time for me to read it.
I’ll admit that maybe it took me just a little while to get into the book, but once I finally did I had a absolute blast. The world of Hex Hall is so unique and quirky. It’s Harry Potter with snarky teenage girls. There’s lots of magic and sexy cellar shenanigans (<that is a direct quote from Rachel Hawkins). After I got into the story there was no looking back.
Sophie is so fun. She was witty and smart. I giggled out loud on a few occasions. I was very surprised at some of the events in Hex Hall. I loved that Hawkins was not afraid to put her characters in bad situations. People keep saying Demonglass is even better and I really can’t wait to find out what happens, so I will be reading it soon.