Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins 


Hex Hall (Hex Hall, #1)
by Rachel Hawkins
Pages: 323
My rating: 4/5 stars
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 tag-along 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.
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!