Saturday, March 27, 2010

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins (Review)

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.
Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins was amazing! This book included everything that I thought it would and more. Being a fantasy romance sucker, Hex Hall filled that need I get every once in awhile for a witch romance book (kinda) or just a fantasy book. The writing was excellent and I can't wait till the next one in the series comes out because I need to know what happens to several of the characters, including Sophie.

Sophie the main character, plain and simple, is a witch that has a problem, when she does a simple spell it comes out too strong. This leads her to being sent to Hecate Hall or Hex Hall as the students call it. Sophie by the end of the story finds out a lot about her family history, which is unusual compared to other witches, and finds out something, that will lead her to do what she's going to do in the next book. Other major characters in the book include: Jenna her best friend and the only vampire at the school; Elodie the head of the dark witch coven; Mrs. Casnoff the school's headmistress and Archer who has something he's hiding from everyone.

This book was enjoyable and anyone that loves reading about witches, and other fantasy like creatures, or as called in the book Prodigium, you should pick up Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins.

By the way I love the cover! Every time I picked the book up to start reading again I would pick up the lake side, which when looked at looks right, except for the lettering. I found the contrast really cool and I love it. Though I don't know why there is a cat on it, there wasn't a cat in the story just a mountain lion and wear wolfs.

(From the Book Cover)
Rachel Hawkins was a high school English teacher before becoming a full-time writer. She lives with her family in Alabama, and is currently at work on the next book in the Hex Hall series. To the best of her knowledge, Rachel is not a witch, though some of her former students may disagree...


***This Book was read for the Fantasy Reading Challenge.***

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