Mini Review: Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

July 6, 2015 Review 38 ★★★

Mini Review: Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
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Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Source: Purchased
Pages: 336
Release Date: March 2nd 2010
Series: Hex Hall #1
Genres: Adolescence, Fantasy & Magic, General, Paranormal, School & Education, Social Issues, Young Adult
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 tag-along ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and only vampire student 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 was my second pick from the TBR Jar, and despite knowing almost nothing about it, I was pretty excited to dive in. Although it wasn’t exactly what I was expecting, I enjoyed it!


✔ Main Character, Sophie: I love Sophie’s voice, she is hilarious and I definitely had more than a few laugh out loud moments since her humor is so similar to mine. Her voice upbeat and modern and most importantly, realistic and easy to relate to.

✔ Twists: There were some great twists I probably should have seen coming but didn’t.

✔ Pacing: Because the novel maintains an overall fun, light tone, the pages fly by.


✗ The Romance: It was a little cheesy, and while I liked the idea of the romance I didn’t like how suddenly came to fruition. They were just friends for a majority of the story, with him even having a girlfriend that the book insinuated he was head over heels for then BAM! KISS and she says she is in love with him, etc.

Cliche Characters: There are the mean girls and stereotypical brooding guy that everyone lusts over, along with the “average” protagonist.


I found HEX HALL to be a pretty quick and entertaining read, one that is just a whole lot of fun. I am going to continue this series for sure.

Rating Report
Overall: 3

38 Responses to “Mini Review: Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins”

    • Alise

      I know what you mean, I think if you go into this one just expecting something light and fun it won’t bother you too much. Thanks :)

    • Alise

      Yeah, the romance isn’t the strongest aspect of this series. Definitely a fun one, that’s for sure.

  1. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    I actually read the first book in the spinoff series, before knowing it was a spinoff and I enjoyed it. In fact, my feelings for it were similar to what you describe here. It was a light, fun and quick read, despite a few clichés and some typical romance stuff XD I really do want to read these soon though, because sometimes a light and easy read is just the thing! Especially during the Summer months :) I can’t wait to see how you’ll make out with the rest of the series!! ♥
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    • Alise

      I haven’t read the spinoff yet but it’s good to know that the elements I enjoyed in this are in that one as well! The humor in this series, so fun. For sure :D

  2. Naban

    I remember reading this a long time ago and don’t remember much. I do remember loving Sophie and finding the romance a bit cheesy as well but I don’t think I minded it as much then. But my thoughts will probably be similar to yours if I reread it.

    • Alise

      Yeah, it kind of was. Predictable, too. Unfortunately, the romance gets worse as the series goes on because a new love interest is introduced. Still a fun read, though.

  3. Lola

    I have read this one years ago. It’s a bit cliché and cheesy indeed, but I did enjoy it. It was fun and I always remember turning the pages quikcly and it was a quikc read. Although now years later I have forgotten most of the plot, so it didn’t leave a big impression on me. I own the second book in the series, but still haven’t gotten around to reading it.
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    • Alise

      I completely agree. Yeah, it’s not a life-changing read but one that will brighten your day a little when you read it. I’ve since read the other books and think this was probably the strongest.

    • Alise

      Since this was posted I finished the series and the ending of Spell Bound infuriated me! Can’t deny the books are fun so I will definitely be checking out her other works!

  4. Kezia

    I remember my friends said similar things about this book ^^ it does sound like a fun and light read that is worth your time, but perhaps I might enjoy it more if I read it a few years ago when I just got into reading.

    • Alise

      I agree, I think I would have liked it more when I was a bit younger and hadn’t read about some seriously Epic Romances.

    • Alise

      Yeah, it really was! Most humor in YA just makes me kind of chuckle in my head but this book really had me laughing out loud.

  5. Kelly

    It’s been AGES since I read this series and although the romance was super cheesy and aimed at young teens, I actually really enjoyed it too. It wasn’t all that involved, but quite entertaining. I actually started her School Spirits spin off series too, but she hasn’t bothered to update the series and left it only at one book. I’d heard that it didn’t get the response she wanted, so has decided to turf it. Really disappointing. So glad you enjoyed this one and looking forward to seeing what you think of the rest of the series. Lovely review poppet <3
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    • Alise

      That’s exactly what I thought as well! It’s somewhat of a simple story but it is a fun one. Hmm, really? Not sure how I feel about that, sucks for all the fans of that book who want to know what happens. Thank you! :D

    • Alise

      They really are just basically cookie cutter cliches. I’ve since finished the series and didn’t like the rest of the books too much, either aha.

  6. Kirsty-Marie

    I HAVE BEEN DEBATING ON READING THIS ONE FOR AGES. SO YAY THANK YOU. I think I’ll love Sophie, funny, realistic and easy to relate to? Yes. And yay for the twists, and the pacing, I always get through books like these really fast too, since you can’t seem to stop reading, haha. Okay, the two negatives are pet peeves buuuut it just sounds too fun not to, so adding it to the list!
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    • Alise

      Glad I could review it then! :D Yeah, it’s an easy, fun book that will make you laugh as long as you don’t expect too much and can tolerate the romance. I hope you like it!

    • Alise

      THIS. I also have finished the series since then and cannot agree more. The love triangle made me SO MAD. THE ENDING WHAT EVEN.

    • Alise

      Yeah, the romance is definitely not the strongest aspect of this series. Aha, can’t blame you! Thanks! :D

  7. Faye M.

    EEP, I tried reading this one and unfortunately just couldn’t mesh with it very well. I think I read the first 50 pages? But it’s great to know you’ve found some things to like about it! Even though they were friends for majority of the book, it still feels like insta-love because of how they suddenly realized they like each other without showing us the journey of getting to that point.
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    • Alise

      I get that! This one feels a bit more MG than YA, and if I hadn’t enjoyed the humor I would have a much different opinion on this book. Exactly! I just couldn’t get behind that because it didn’t feel legitimate.

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