Book Review: Hex Hall by: Rachel Hawkins

Pages: 336 pages

Received: Purchased BAM

Publish Date: March 2, 2010

Genre: YA, Paranormal

Book Blurb: 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.

Book Review: This book is very enjoyable. It is a little predictable and somewhat unpredictable at the same time. I will explain...I expected that the ghost that is featured towards the mid-end was the paranormal creature that the witch's conjured. I did not, however, expect that little twist at the end with Sophie. Sorry if that explains NOTHING, but I don't want to include any spoilers. The plot moves reasonably fast, I read this book in one sit down. I am very disappointed in Archer but I have a feeling that will be a 'Hearts at Stake' scenario without the vamps...if you get what I am saying.

I LOVE Sophie. She is adorable, so powerful yet so very vulnerable at the exact same time. The epitome of being a teenager. She is sarcastic, witty, dumb, and loyal. I love that in a character. I want to see what happens next; I want to know what's up with the grounds keeper (he is after all only 19?) and that whole turning 13 with Sophie...GOTTA KNOW who that involves. We shall see I guess.

Discussion Questions:
- Sophie is abandoned by her father for her supposed protection. Do you believe there is anything that justifies abandoning your child?
I don't have a child but I believe that possibly the only reason for abandonment would be for protection, but I think that he just deserted her, and he was not gone for her protection.

- Did Hex Hall remind you of any other series?
It reminded me at the beginning of the movie "The Craft" and it has a slight hint of Chloe Neill's YA book, can't remember the title off the top of my head this second.

- Normally when you think of Dark Witches and White Witches, you think good and evil. This series seemed to have a different take on that all together. It almost had an apathetic take on human life with only care taken if their secret might be revealed. Do you find this disturbing or real?
I find this a bit of both, it is true. Everyday people blackmail and murder to protect their secrets, why wouldn't paranormal creatures be any different?

- Looking forward to the next book, or pass on it? Why?
I am looking forward to it, I enjoyed this book and can't wait to see what Sophie's Daddy is like.

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  1. great review and I also mentioned the craft too. Haven't read hearts at stake..will look into that one.

  2. Oooh now I really want to read that book.

  3. Sheesh, you write awesome reviews!
    You summed up what I had been thinking perfectly!
    Love, Hannah


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