Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
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 I pick it?
I heard about this series from the YA Sisterhood blog in the Tournament of Heroines. The book looked like a fun read so I purchased it.
So….how did I like it?
I’m going to be honest and say….I could not stop reading it! Every line since the first paragraph hooked me in. Sophie’s snarky attitude and little comebacks kept making me laugh. I fell in love with her right away. Almost every line that comes out of her mouth makes me love her more and more.
The story had a really nice twist to it. When I first started this book I was wary about it. Seemed like it had a Harry Potter feel to it. But it didn’t and I was really excited that it wasn’t. Hawkins made every character relatable and lovable.
Hex Hall (as the characters call it), is amazingly surprising. Every time a chapter ended, it was practically a cliffhanger so it encourages you to keep reading. I couldn’t stop.
I loved the story and all the characters in it. Yes there is a hottie in it (isn’t there always?). A story isn’t a story without a little romance am I right?
Archer is a cutie and like Sophie, I’m still not sure where he stands. I can’t wait to read the next installment to see what happens.
Sophie’s loyalty to Jenna made my heart sigh. I know it’s cheesy but when you see that kind of friendship, it makes me smile.
Of course this book ended on a cliffhanger so I already bought the next installment. 🙂 I’ll be getting to it pretty quick since I can’t wait to see what happens.
Now for some quotes (it’s my favorite part):
I’d left her alone before, figuring that it was every girl’s right to cry in a public bathroom from time to time. But tonight was prom night, and there was something really sad about sobbing in formal wear.
“Awesome,” I murmured, sliding my sunglasses on top of my head. Thanks to the humidity, my hair felt like it had tripled in size. I could feel it trying to devour my sunglasses like some sort of carnivorous jungle plant. “I always wondered what it would be like to live in somebody’s mouth.”
I scowled. Being manipulated has always been one of my least favorite things. Right up there with snakes. And Britney Spears.