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.