Friday, 25 February 2011

Book Review: Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

Goodreads Summary:

When Sophie Mercer turned thirteen, she 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 Hecate Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward prodigium, a.k.a. witches, fae, 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 on campus. Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her friend Jenna is the number one suspect.  Meanwhile, Sophie has a more personal shock to grapple with. Not only is her father the head of the prodigium council, he's the most powerful warlock in the world, and Sophie is his heir. 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 Review:

Hex Hall has been sitting on my shelf for months now and I'm not really sure why I waited so long to read it. I definitely wish I'd read it sooner but now I don't have an agonizing wait until the second book in the series is out (3rd March)!I LOVE books set in boarding schools and I haven't ready many books about witches so I
was super excited when I sat down and started reading. Within the first 8 pages there is a prom, a thunder cloud dubbed the Magic Doughnut and a football player seranading a girl on his knees. By then, I knew I was in for a hilarious read!

Sophie Mercer is a very likeable and relatable character (except that she's a witch, of course!). She is funny, sarcastic and she never wallowed in self-pity when things didn't turn out quite the way she wanted. Archer Cross is pretty swoon-worthy and I love Jenna, Sophie's vampire roommate who has a pink stripe in her hair.

The book got a little darker than I was expecting towards the end and left off with a cliffhanger that has me itching for the second book in the series, Demonglass/Raising Demons to come out! Overall, this was a hilarious, (mostly) light, quick read with a touch of romance and mystery.

Rating: B+
Cover: A

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