Thursday, June 9, 2011

Review - Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins


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 still can't figure out just why it took so long for me to pick this book up.  Maybe because it had so much hype that I didn't want to be disappointed?  I don't know.  But I loved this book.  Go pick it up NOW.  And while you're at it, pick up the next one, Demonglass as well.

Characters:  I totally loved all the characters.  Even the minor ones, such as the group of witches Sophie pisses off at the beginning.  And speaking of Sophie, she's spunky, sarcastic, witty, sweet, and all around enjoyable.  And Jenna!  She is uber cool.  She reminds me of myself alot.  And then we get to swoonworthy Archer.  I just love me some Archer.  Even after the cliffhanger ending about Archer, I still want more of him!  YUMMMY!  Rachel Hawkins does a fan-freaking-tabulous job of chracterizing her, well, characters.  I can't wait until I can get my hands on the next book!

Plot:  This series totally reminds me of a mash up of The House of Night series (well, at least the first one, as that's the only one I've read) and The Sookie Stackhouse series  (because of all the paranormal creatures coexisting together).  While not the most original plot, it was executed very well, mostly due to the likeable-ness of the main character.

4.5 out of 5 stars

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