Friday, August 9, 2013

Review: Hex Hall (Hex Hall #1) by Rachel Hawkins

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
Series: Hex Hall 
Genre: Teen, Paranormal Romance
Format: Paperback


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.


I’m not one for witches. I think they’re extremely lame. Especially, when they have to recite lame poems that rhyme and expect something magical to happen. If they used words like Stupify or something similar to gibberish like in Harry Potter. Then maybe, I would like some witch books a lot more.

And surprisingly, Hex Hall wasn’t all that lame at all. It was teen, light and was filled with humor that entertained me to no ends. I adored the main character, I disliked the antagonists and was left on my toes as the plot thickens and thins.

Hex hall is extremely fast paced. There are no dragging details in the beginning; everything was simple, crisp and clean. That is one thing I love about Rachel Hawkin’s writing style. Then she throws in the humor. This book is hilarious; the main character Sophie has a wit of the best type of person and friend. She’s a character you can easily ease up to the moment you finish the first chapter.

What really got me into the book was the sense of mystery that lingers at this magical boarding school. There was a murder but no one knew who or what killed the poor victim. I loved how well Hawkins writes the progression between plot twist to plot twist. And even worse when I’m at the near-end of the book and she leaves us with a grueling cliffhanger.

In short, Hex Hall, has ghosts, fairies, vampires, and of course witches. It even had cults and ghosts being mischievous. Then there was romance, mystery, plot twists, action and a whole lot of humor. The book was quick, fun, and all together a wonderful read.

4/5 Stars


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