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.
Hex Hall was recommended to me by a book seller at my local independent bookstore, The River’s End Bookstore. She described it as “Hogwarts for Juvies.” And while that did sound interesting, it didn’t exactly make me jump to begin reading this book. However, I am glad that I bought/read it. Hex Hall was funny and light read that I read the majority of in one sitting.
The first thing that grabbed my attention when I began reading was the witty and sarcastic narrative of the main character, Sophie Mercier. While she is gullible and quick to judge at times, I enjoyed reading from her point of view. She is a witch who knows so little about her powers, which is one of the reasons why she sticks out amongst the rest of the people who go to school at Hex Hall. I enjoyed reading from her point of view. Despite being one of the most hated people at her school (for reasons I will not spoil for you) Sophie was a likeable and compassionate character.
Jenna, Sophie’s roommate was easily one of the best characters in Hex Hall. She is the only vampire in a school full of witches/warlocks, faeries, & shape shifters, making her singled out and picked on more than anyone else in the school. She is also a lesbian. I love how Rachel Hawkins made one of the most interesting characters in her book a lesbian without making a huge deal about it. She told Sophie about her sexual orientation and it was simply accepted and not made the main focus in the book, which is awesome to see in YA. She and Sophie have a realistic friendship that is natural and sometimes strained.
The description of the school, it’s ghosts, and it’s unpredictable and unique students kept me wanting to read Hex Hall. The idea of a secret society called “The Eye” hunting Prodigium (what witches, warlocks, shape shifters, faeries, and vampires call themselves in this series) was intriguing and is something that I hope to read and learn more about in the upcoming book.
Hex Hall was a fun read that kept me on my toes! It had the right amount of mystery, suspense, and great characters with interesting stories (not to mention a lot of awesome supernatural elements). I hope to be picking up the second book in this series, Demonglass very soon!
I highly recommend this book to teens and adults that like to read books about the paranormal and supernatural.
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