Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Review: "Hex Hall" by Rachel Hawkins

I had seen this book (and the subsequent series) everywhere! After numberous thumbs up from my friends, I decided to take the plunge and I'm sure glad I did. Ms. Hawkins, you can add one more fanatic to your list!

The Scoop: (from Goodreads)
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
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 Take:

I love Sophie! Her attitude is sassy, but not too snarky. Once she finds herself plunked in Hex Hall, basically reform school for wayward supernaturals, I did feel a bit of Harry Potter nostalgia. Like Harry, Sophie is completely clueless about how to control her powers or the reality of her role in supernatural society.

I miss you little Harry :)

Her love interest is swoon-worthy, but not unrealistic. Her BFF is supportive and mysterious. Her frenemies are evil and bitchy. And her adult role models range from trustworthy to questionable.

The read itself was fun, witty and fast-paced. I also liked that even though this book is the first in a series, it didn't end with a crazy-cliffhanger (as has become so popular these days). Although you know that there is more to the story (and you anticipate reading the next adventure), the primary mystery of volume one is satisfactorily resolved and all loose ends are tied up. 

Overall, a great beginning to what I know will be an amazing series. Bring on book two!

Final Verdict: Sweet-Tarts

A little sweet a lotta sass!


  1. I really like Hex Hall as well. I'm hoping to read Demonglass soon.

  2. So many Twilight follow-ups, not enough Harry Potter follow-ups. This book sounds very intriguing, and I will have to bump it up in priority on my TBR :). Thanks for reviewing. BTW, I love that you have pictures on your Review A-Z. Very cool.

    1. It is perfect timing that you are starting this series now. I have been notoriously and publicly irritated by the cliffhanger at the end of the second book. The third book is coming out in two weeks, so this shouldn't be an issue for you. Yay! I love it when that happens. No waiting!

      I'm glad you like the A-Z, I sometimes wonder about it. It's kind of a hassle to do with Blogger (formatting the pics and all), but I'm a visual girl and I love having all of the pretty covers there!

    2. Great! I really like reading a series when it has just finished rather than waiting a year between each book - I just get so much more into them when there's no room to forget what the previous one was about in between.

      I am definitely a visual person too... just wish I had the patience you do :) with Blogger's picture formatting, haha.



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