Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins *Alexa’s Review*
Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
Also by this author: Demonglass, Miss Mayhem
Series: Hex Hall #1
Also in this series: Demonglass
Published by Hyperion
Genres: Young Adult
Read in: March 2011
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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.
Sophie does a few harmless spells in every state that she moves to with her mother. Even though the spells are not really usually hurting anyone she gets sent to Hex Hall for reform. This place is not a fun boarding school, it is one where witches, shapeshifters, faeries, and one vampire go to learn stuff out of boring textbooks instead of actually studying and using real magic. The school starts to get to Sophie quickly as she learns that her classmates hate her father, and for a good reason. How on earth is Sophie suppose to get along with all of these people for the next two years until she is 18 and can officially leave?
Wow this book starts off screaming Harry Potter! Really Sophie is going to a boarding school that originally only allowed witches in. It was once a grand place for witches to go to actually learn about their powers before it became a boarding school for all of the “freaks” who can’t keep control of themselves and their magic. There is a headmaster, a groundskeeper, and some of the characters have names that are copy cats of characters in Harry Potter. At first I really didn’t want to continue because lets face it no one can pull of Harry Potter, over time I slowly started to get past that fact though. Slowly the story started to change in small ways and Rachel Hawkins even makes a joke at one point that Hex Hall’s groundskeeper is nothing like Hagrid.
Overall I would say that I enjoyed that this was a newer version of a series that everyone loves. Rachel made it her own and it worked. Sophie has this quick wit that I just love and it kept me laughing many times. She has a great friend in the vampire Jenna who is getting blamed for some murders and accidents around Hex Hall. Archer is our bad boy warlock and of course Sophie gains a crush on him quickly even though he is dating the enemy, Elodie. The cast of characters is great and I can’t wait to learn more about the young hot groundskeeper named Cal. The story was good with a few good twists and turns and I will continue on with this series. I would say the only thing that annoied me in this story other than the Harry Potter story plot rip off in the beginning of the book was the fact that at one point Sophie claims she is in love with Archer. Yes, he is hot and he cares for Sophie but I don’t like when authors pull the love card out of the hat so quickly. They aren’t even dating yet she says she loves him which for me I know that doesn’t happen that way in real life. It is just one of my pet peeves whether it is in my YA novels or in my Adult Romance books.