Monday, March 8, 2010

Review: Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

Hex Hall
Publication: Hyperion Book CH; 1 edition (March 2, 2010)

Product Description: 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.

My Thoughts: I enjoyed this light and fast paced story. Sophie is an interesting character. She is used to being an outsider. After all she has gone to 19 schools and she is only 16. She sometimes seems mature for her age. I liked a lot of Sophie's descriptions. They were very colorful. I think the book was very well-written. It also reads aloud well. I just read the first chapter to my paraprofessional who is sold and will be taking the book home tonight.

I enjoyed reading about Sophie as she tried to figure out what was going on in a world strange to her. She knows very little about the whole magical world. She didn't even know that her father was the head of the Council that sentences her to Hex Hall. I liked that Sophie has no desire to do bad things with her magic and resists the overtures of the three girls who want her to be part of their coven. She gets involved with trying to figure out who is attacking students mainly because her roommate is being blamed. She brings an outsider's view to the problem because she is just now becoming a part of the magical world.

I don't want to talk about a problem I had with one of the characters because it would be a major spoiler for those who haven't read the book. But I am still confused about that character's role and decisions. I hope that the second book answers some of my questions. I will certainly be reading the next book to find out more about Sophie.

Challenges: In the Middle Reading Challenge, 2010 YA Debut Author Reading Challenge, RYOB Reading Challenge


  1. Oh I so want to read this book! Thanks for the great review!

  2. Great review. I just reviewed this one, too and thought it was a fun read for middle school kids. The character in it Archer?
    I'm glad you liked this book!

  3. Okay I am so going to check this out. The last review I read, left me in limbo. After this one, I'm intrigued. And if it is fast paced and light, it will be a good filler. Sometimes I need a light and quick read.

  4. At first I had no interest in this book. But I've read several great reviews, so now I'm curious to check it out.


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