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 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. [via GoodReads]
This book was so much better than I thought. For some reason I thought this was going to be a little cheesy, foppish tale about a young witch, I think my worries had to do with the cover - since I find it rather childish, but I was so mistaken. It was oh-so-good!

Sophie is a great heroine. I loved her attitude - she was snarky, funny, sarcastic, but caring, thoughtful and a great friend. I have a thing for witches and this one did not disappoint. There were the mean witches, the good witches, warlocks, and then all other sorts of paranormal creatures roaming the halls of Hex Hall. I also really liked her camaraderie with Jenna - her roommate and sole vampire in the school. Archer - teen heartthrob and warlock to pine for was also a great character. He had so many layers and I really liked how Sophie took her time in finding out he truly was.

Although I thought this would be a light, fun read (and yes, it was), it was also dark and edgy. There was a great mystery to be solved and every time I thought I had it figured out, Ms. Hawkins would throw me in for another loop. I just have two slight complaints... and they are small since this is a 5-star read. 1- There were so many type-o's in this book. I have a pet peeve with type-o's and, they are expected in ARC's, but this is my hardcover book that I paid $16.99 for. I find that unacceptable. When I'm reading a book I get totally engrossed by it and a type-o just jars me back to reality - it stands out and just plain annoys me. 2- The ending. Although yes, it was good because I did not see it coming, it also just ended... rather abruptly. It almost felt like a chapter or a few pages were missing. Then again it left me that much more anticipating the next in the series.

All in all, I must admit that I loved this book. I highly recommend to fans of paranormal and YA genres.


Emidy @ Une Parole said...

I'm not a paranormal reader, but we all know that I cannot resist a good mystery! And plus, I've heard that Hex Hall is an excellent book. Your review proved that even more! I've got to read it.

Michele said...

I just plain love the title of this one! I think I may rename my house Hex Hall just for fun.

Jennifer said...

This sounds like a fun read: light but still vastly entertaining with lots of twists and turns. I do find that I enjoy YA paranormal more and more lately. And I've always enjoyed witches in books: they are so fascinating! Although, I'll be weary about the typos. The english major in me always notices them and I know what you mean about them kind of snapping you out of the book and into an almost "editor mode." You don't want a book to do that. But still, I think I'll have to give this one a read. Maybe the next book in the series will use spell check more effectively.

Christy said...

I've seen this book around but for some reason my interest was particularly piqued by your review. I am intrigued by the lone vampire roommate and her predicament.

Michelle said...

I felt the same way, that this book had the potential to fall further on the cheezy or immature side than it did. In fact I really loved it, Sophie was a great character as were the secondaries. The plot wasn't heavy lifting but did require you to keep your wits about you. Overall a good read.

Evy said...

I'd really like to read that book ! The cover and summary really make me want to read it !

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