Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

Hex Halls

Title: Hex Hall
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Publisher: Disney – Hyperion Books
Published: March 2, 2010
Rachel Hawkins Website
Hex Hall Series Facebook Page


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.

Rachel Hawkins provides a funny and interesting story for her readers. I enjoyed this book in the end. At first it was slow, with a lot of descriptions about Hecate Hall.

I did not get a good feel for the characters until near the end of the book. I love Sophia…so endearing and loving. Her friends are her friends no matter what. In the beginning she has a hard time trusting others…who wouldn’t when you have been lied to all your life…but she sticks to what she believes to be right. Sometimes only to find that what she thought was not necessarily the correct assumption.

Sophie’s love/hate friendship with Archer had me laughing out loud. Archer was arrogant, cocky, and a little bit bad. The perfect love interest for Sophie. He treated her like an idiot at first, but once he realized that Sophie was unaware of her “heritage” he tried to help her.

I look forward to reading Demonglass and hopefully enjoying it a bit more since the story has been set.

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