Thursday, November 18, 2010

Review: Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

Title: Hex Hall
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Number of Pages: 336
Rating: 3/4

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.

So the book starts off with Sophie at her prom, in the washroom and being the good person that she is, she decides to help the girl crying in the washroom on Prom night by getting her a date- except she uses magic.
From there everything goes to hell.
Next time we meet Sophie she is with her human mother infront of a magical reform school. 
The council decided that it would be best for everyone if Sophie went there.
But this is where things get interesting.
On her first day she gets attacked by a werewolf, gets saved by a warlock, finds out she's rooming with a Vampire, finds out said vamp might have killed someone AND manages to piss off three of the most popular girls at school, not to mention some of the most powerful. Not to shabby for a day's worth, right?
It only gets worse from there. 
As one shocking secret is revealed after the next, the number of victims keeps rising, and as every finger points at Sophie's roommate, Sophie has to wonder will she be next?
As we learn more about Sohpie through the book, you won't be able to stop reading. I sure as heck didn't; I read it all in one go.
But the number one thing that you'll find the most shocking, is the last sentence of the book. 

However, there was one thing I didn't like about the book. Sophie's naivety. It's not even a normal naivety! She's sarcastic, naturally suspicious, and has a temper. How can you be naive, AS WELL?
But I guess that's just Sophie, and all in all, I really enjoyed reading this book and can't wait for the next installment in the series. Which is called Demonglass, out in March.


Have you read it? Tell me what you think, I'd like to hear your opinion on it.


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  2. I loved this book. You're right. The ending is definitely a shock. I can't wait for the next one.

  3. For some reason, I don't feel like reading this book. No matter how many good reviews I read of this book, it never captures my interest. And I agree with you, I dislike naivety too..........