Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

Book Title: Hex Hall
Series: #1
Genres: , , ,
Release Date: March 2, 2010
Format: Paperback (323 pages)
Dates Read: October 18 to 25, 2011
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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.

While I love all kinds of mythical creatures, witches are definitely my favorite. I think the idea of the magic and just the history of them is so cool and interesting.

I love that Hawkins took the idea of a boarding school for mythical creatures and made it her own by having Hex Hall being about all kinds. She opened it up and created this world where all of them co-exist and it’s so cool and interesting to see.

Sophie is one of those characters you immediately love. Her wit and sarcasm makes for very interesting narration because of the snaky humor. I wish I could have her as a best friend. I felt kind of bad for her because there was so much about her life that was hidden from her that she slowly begins to uncover.

The plot of Hex Hall is fast-paced, full of suspense, mystery, and some action. While it was a bit predictable at times, it didn’t make it any less interesting because there were times where it wasn’t and just the way everything had been revealed and come together was intriguing.

Hawkins’ writing was simple and easy to follow along with which I love because a lot of books are just overwhelming with information and it is sometimes confusing and hard to follow.  From the very first page I got so caught up in the story and before I knew it, it was over and I found myself wanting more.