Title: Hex Hall
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Published: 2010 by Disney – Hyperion
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.
I’m not the biggest fan of supernatural stories involving werewolves, demons, and vampires, but this was a really good book.
I loved how the characters were all so relatable, except for the fact that they were all magic in some way. Sophie was an character who I think many girls can connect with. Her problems and struggles were similar to the everyday struggles of the average girl.
I was not expecting the ending at all. Maybe I should have been, because looking back it seems kind of obvious. The plot and the setting remind me strongly of Harry Potter, particularly the second Harry Potter book. Just with the mystery of someone attacking the students, and also the fact that they are in a school for “magical” things.
Yep, it was pretty good. I’m definitely reading the sequel soon.
Incase you’re worried about the creepiness of the mythical creatures, don’t be. The demon mentions can be weird, but the whole story is written lightly, making the supernatural elements not as “scary” as they could have been.
Content Warnings: Language, teenagers talking about sex, and passionate kissing.