By Rachel Hawkins
My Rating: 4/5 stars
Sophie Mercer isn't your average teenager. She cast her first spell at age 12, and it has been a wild ride ever since. After being kicked out of school after school and moving from state to state, Sophie finally conjures up something that puts an end to all the moving. She performs a love spell that gets her sent to Hecate Hall, a reform school for Prodigium.
Sophie is used to new schools and unfamiliar faces, but this time is different. Sophie is accustomed to being a freak among humans. At Hecate, she feels like a freak among the freaks. Strange things begin happening, and students are put in danger. Sophie can't quite figure out why all this is happening, but she knows something just isn't right.
I had heard such great things about this book from the girls in my online book club. I've been working on it for about a week, but was distracted and having a hard time getting through it. I sat down tonight and plowed through the last 3/4 of the book.
The characters in this novel were really fun and contemporary. They were witty, sarcastic, and flawed, which I appreciate. The setting of the story was interesting, but really took a back seat to the characters. I would have liked to be more immersed in the surroundings. The plot was interesting and kept me guessing. I didn't see then ending coming at all. I don't know if it was just me, but the action in this book seemed a little lacking. Maybe I just had really high expectations for it, but I never felt on the edge of my seat. That aside, it was well written, funny, and very much enjoyable. If you like Young Adult literature, I think you will definitely enjoy it.
I saw that this is supposed to be the first of a series. I absolutely look forward to the rest of the books. I just hope I don't have to wait very long. You know me. I'm impatient!