Wednesday, June 2, 2010

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 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 is a juvenile detention school for trouble making 'freaks' like vamps, witches and fae. Sophie is going to Hex hall because she is a witch who can't control her magic. But she doesn't hurt anyone, well, intentionally.

Sophie has trouble from the beginning. Her roommate is a gay vampire (that was a first for me!), she's developing a crush on a handsome warlock who happens to be the boyfirend of her nemisis.

And to top it all off, someone is trying to kill the withces at Hex Hall. Is she next?

Sophie's character grew throughout the story as did her magic but she was blinded by her own desires or she might have seen the answers that seemed to be right in front of her. It's all about perception, right?

There was an intersting twist I would have seen if I wasn't distracted by some editing mistakes. One whole sentence ran together, no spaces. How did the spell check miss that?

Rating: PG-13

S: Kissing,

V: Some fighting, witches hurt

L: Light


  1. Good to know! I've this on my TBR and have been so curious about it. Another friend said the language was bothersome. What did you think about it, was it okay? Thanks for this review Taffy!

  2. Drat. I was trying to remember if the language bothered me when I wrote the review. I might have to go the library and skim it.