Title: Hex Hall (Hex Hall #1)
Author: Rachel Hawkins
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 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.
When I finished this book :
Me: *scrunched shoulders happy smile* I finished the book.
My Brain: That’s nice.
Me: THAT WAS AMAZING. I LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
My Brain: That’s nice.
Me: *suddenly downcast* B-b-but I liked Archer. And the book can’t be over already?
My Brain: That’s nice.
My Brain: Wait, what did you say. No. No. NO! It CAN’T be over. You idiot, give me the next book NOW! I NEED it. And now. Did I mention that?
Let’s just say that conversations with myself aren’t rare on this blog. Until then, bear with yours truly.
**No spoilers – minor spoilers like some events may be included, but nothing major 🙂 **
What I really, really liked about this book:
Sophie was probably at the top of the list in the funniest MC in books. If you’re looking for a stitch in your sides, Hex Hall is the way to go. What with the witty remarks and ‘Standard Sophie Mercer Comebacks’ as Archer so rightly penned, I couldn’t a hold on myself. Even though some may argue, it was the part with the tattoos that mad me giggle the most.
The bit which had me up in stitches though, was the ‘I like your tattoos’ Oh god, YES!
And then, who doesn’t love a girl who yells “BAD DOG” when a werewolf is about to attack her?
I’d hoped to hurt his feelings, in the very least, make him angry, but he kept on smiling at me. “Actually it Archer Cross, and I’m the first one. Now what about you?” He squinted. “Let’s see . . . brown hair, freckles, whole girl-next-door vibe going on . . . Allie? Lacie? Definitely something cutesy ending with ie”
You know when your mouth moved when nothing comes out? Yeah, that’s pretty much what happened. And then, of course, my mom took that opportunity to end her conversation and call out “Sophie! Wait up.”
“I knew it!” Archer laughed. “See you, Sophie” he called over his shoulder as he disappeared into the house.
A NON-SPARKLY *smirk* lesbian vampire, a werewolf named Beth, dark witches the perfect example of the specific breed of high school girls – COUNT ME IN.
And then the Drama! (Did you notice the capital D? There for a reason 😉 )
I’m (usually – you never know ) good at picking up those ever so subtle hints dropped at the start of a book. I guessed the secret identities in Cinder right from page 28/256 of the book. And successfully picked out who would betray who in Avatar.
But maybe it was me slightly loony from a fever that would be done justice if compared to the bubonic plague, but I TOTALLY DIDNT SEE THAT COMING IN THE END.
*squeeeel* The end was awesome. Made up for the few flaws there were in the book!
Angst — The book had everything, except angst. There were plenty of times when Sophie was pretty down. But never on the level where the reader is gloomy and caught up too. Rachel Hawkins could have worked on that, but if you’re looking for the type of book for a LOT of giggles and smirks, then Hex Hall is perfect.
The Meticulousity (NOT a word. If you hope to brush up on your grammer here, this blog wouldn’t be the best choice XD) — Hex Hall reminded me of a more urban Harry Potter, a blend of magic and witches and cute boys. But the world wasn’t as meticulously woven as J.K Rowling’s was. I wanted to see more of the classes, the lunches and basically how everything at Hex Hall worked.
BUT, since this was only the first book, I’ll hold back my judgments and wait to see how the series progresses.
Slightly cliched — Emphasize on the slight. Though only for one or two scenes. Because I promised no spoilery, my lips are sealed on which ones.
This was my first review! Eeeek, it was fun to write. If it’s terrible, I agree.
But I shall get better.
All in all, I really enjoyed this book. It was light and fun to read, and I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book! And I ship magic xD
Da Verdict: 4/5 Bags of Awesome