Hex Hall

Author: Rachel Hawkins

Publisher: Hyperion Book, 2010

Series: Hex Hall #1

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Supernatural

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 tag along 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. {goodreads.com}



Hex Hall had been on my TBR list for a very long time, and I never picked it up. I never picked it up because I could never get beyond the boring, slightly juvenile cover. However, I was at the library and I NEEDED more books to put in my book bag (read I have a problem with leaving the library without a full book bag, such a waste!), and therefore found myself grabbing this little gem.

And boy, I am so happy I did. It is a great quick read.

The characters are wonderful. Sophie is such a great main character. She is strong, smart, and always willing to laugh at her self. Not to mention she is well-rounded and willing to look beyond what species someone is categorized as.Jenna was created to give diversity, and she really does. She is a lesbian vampire, in an academy with Prodigium (witches, fairies, and shapeshifters) where she is not one being a vampire, therefore, being the only cast out until she meets Sophie. Ms. Hawkins is a wonderfully wicked character to love. Somewhat reminiscent of Ms. McGonagall from Harry Potter. She provides strength to Sophie by requiring her to seek it within herself.

Overall this story is a great quick read and I would recommend it to anyone who loves sarcasm and the paranormal.



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