Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Review: Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins


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.

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 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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  1. ooooooh, you're not the only one that enjoyed this novel! I've been hearing so much about it, I'm tempted to go get it for myself!
    Great Review! :)

  2. I've been meaning to read this book for forever! I mean, can you go wrong when you have the magic + boarding school combo?! I've glad you enjoyed this and found it cute. It's so sweet hearing about you and your boyfriend from high school! You rarely ever hear about high school sweethearts sticking together after high school :)

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