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Hex Hall

Hex Hall

Écrit par Rachel Hawkins

Raconté par Cris Dukehart


Hex Hall

Écrit par Rachel Hawkins

Raconté par Cris Dukehart

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On her twelfth birthday, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. Three bumpy years later, after a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, she's exiled to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.

By the end of her first day, 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. Then, when a mysterious predator begins attacking students, and Sophie's only friend is the number-one suspect, a horrifying plot begins to surface. Soon, Sophie is preparing for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her.
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  • (4/5)
    While at first I was a little confused, I soon got caught up with everything. Sophia, or Sophie is our main character and she is a witch. She has grown up with her completely human mother, her father is absent from her life and has been since before she was born. From what I could gather, she has never met or spoken to her father, he communicates with her mother or her by email only. The book starts off with Sophie casting a love spell, we soon see it go horribly wrong( guy drives his car into the school) and then the next thing we know, Sophie is being shipped off to a school for "Prodigium", or the supernatural. There she feels like a total outcast among the outcasts and soon befriends a vampire; the only one that attends the school (though there is a Vampire teacher). She meets the resident Dark Witches and when they ask her to join their coven she turns them down thinking that there is no way she could be capable of doing dark magic. She develops a crush on the boyfriend of one of the dark witches, and while the crush is innocent at first, things develope as you normally see in most YA books. Sophie is thrust into the school drama as soon as everyone realizes that her room mate and friend is the vampire that everyone thinks killed a girl last semester, but when another of the dark witch coven ends up being attacked in the same way that the other girl was killed, everyone but Sophie assumes that it is Jenna)the vampire) doing it. Sophie sets out to prove everyone wrong and along the way she meets her great-grandmother who is a "ghost". Ghosty grandma starts to teach Sophie how to control her magic and do spells, all the while there is still things going on at the school. Sophie's crush on Archer is escalating and it almost comes to a head during a "ball" held at the school, that is until another of the dark coven is attacked. Jenna and the vampire teacher are then removed from the school. And things become strained between Sophie and Archer. Elodie, the last of the dark coven and Archer's girlfriend, gets busted in the fact that they joined Sophie to their coven without her knowledge and then the two frenimies must look out for each other. Elodie catches Sophie sneeking out one night to meet Alice and when Sophie brings Elodie along, she realizes that Elodie is stronger than her; Alice places a protection spell on both of the girls so that they can recognize their enemies in the school. Things kind of spiral out of control after that, and without giving too much away, know that there is a "hunter" at the school and Alice wasn't exactly what she said she was. I couldn't wait to pick up the next book in the series, just to find out what happens next!
  • (3/5)
    This was an interesting book. a totally different take on witches and faeries and shifters. even it if didn't go into it very deeply. it was a quick read.
  • (4/5)
    This was recommended by my daughter. The book is a quick and easy read. Interest is gotten right away and gets up through the book. Sophie is a "Witch" sent to a school for paranormal creatures that haven't controlled their powers properly and are ordered to stay until they turn 18. Sophie didn't grow up knowing what she was so she has no training. She is roomed with a Vampire, "Jenna" who she becomes friends with. Witches start showing up dead. Is it Jenna or The Eye, a group out o kill anything paranormal.

    By the end you can't wait for the next book.
  • (5/5)
    What a fun read! The Hex Hall series has been sitting on my shelves for a very long time, and for some reason I thought I wouldn’t enjoy it. I was dead wrong. I finally got around to reading it when a friend of mine bought it and we decided to read it together. I loved it. I finished it in one sitting! It’s a short read, just over 300 pages, which took me less than four hours. I was surprised to find out Hex Hall is Rachel’s debut novel - it’s brilliant!The plot and setting of this novel are nothing original. A boarding school full of supernaturally inclined teenagers, the hot, dark and mysterious guy with the bwitch of a girlfriend, and oblivious teachers who don’t notice when a student is being victimised. I think Sophie’s insta-crush on Archer was really predictable and the introduction of Cal seems to be a set up for the requisite love triangle. What is unique about the book are the main characters. Sophie is wonderful - witty and sarcastic without over-doing it. She exercises the common sense which is often lacking in many YA heroines, and she had me laughing out loud at times when she stood up to the bullies at her school. Her room-mate and only friend at Hex Hall is Jenna - a vampire who is completely obsessed with electric pink! Jenna is a riot, I loved her a lot and hope she gets a chance to star a bit more in the coming books. The storyline may not be original, and the characters sometimes fit perfectly into stereotypes, but Hex Hall is a FUN book that will make you feel great long after you finish it. If you’re tired of dark, emotionally heavy paranormal romances then I encourage you to pick this series up. You can read more of my reviews at Speculating on SpecFic.
  • (5/5)
    This series is really good, especiall if you like The Secret Circle, this series is something you want to read.
  • (5/5)
    I don't remember why I picked this one up, I think I was using Novelist and it was a recommendation. I knew this was a series going in, but it turns out that it didn't matter. It's a good book on it's own, though it does have a cliffhanger ending, it's not one of those "OMG!" types. The plot is strong and the twist at the end was a slight shocker, but pretty good. I've already requested a copy of the second book through the library. I'm not usually into the paranormal kind of stuff, but I really enjoyed this novel. I can't wait for the sequel.
  • (5/5)
    great!!!!!!!!!!
  • (3/5)
    When Sophie's prom night spell goes wrong, her date calls it a "Carrie Prom." So she is sent to a reform school for Prodigium. There she faces school problems with a twist - the mean girls are literally dark witches, her roommate is a vampire and teacher who are strict. Lord Byron is a Vampire and teacher. Sophie is disappointed in him as a teacher - too moody. She discovers the secret of her ancestry and finds out who her father is.A good YA paranormal tale.
  • (4/5)
    From experience I know that I don't usually enjoy YA fiction. I tend to get annoyed by the usual characters who are too dim to be realistic, and who tend to roll their eyes on every other page. But sometimes something calls to me and I just can't resist reading one. I downloaded a sample of this book and the story pulled me in. It seemed to be written intelligently.

    This was a surprisingly engrossing story of a teenage witch named Sophie who is sent to a boarding school for supernatural teenagers who have messed up in one way or another. In Sophie's case it was a love spell gone wrong. I won't go into the plot, but Sophie is a sympathetic and fairly bright character. This book came at a time I needed something light but engrossing, and I enjoyed reading it.
  • (4/5)
    I loved the author's sense of humour - I found myself reading bits out to my daughter as I went along and was often laughing out loud. The story is good, too, even if a lot of the themes are very familiar (although I liked that Hagrid got a name-check in recognition of the groundskeeper similarity).

    I didn't realise until now that this is part of a series, which tempers my main criticism - which was that the ending was rather unsatisfactory. Now I see there are other books in the series, the ending makes more sense. The other thing I found jarring was the physical perfection of the only two male characters we meet and Sophie's knee-trembling reactions to them. But then I'm a little older than the target audience, I do accept...
  • (4/5)
    Fun supernatural YA lit.
  • (4/5)
    Yet another teenage girl who discovers she has special powers, with parents who have kept her from knowing about her origins and powers and what is really going on. I wonder after reading a few of these why the teenager in this subgenre has to be from a dysfunctional family, or at least from a family where their dads are gone. Surely sometimes the world is saved by a somewhat more prepared girl whose parents brought her up knowing she has powers, and why, and who has been taught how to use her powers by her supportive parents, her siblings, and other helpful, supportive adults who believe in preparing her for being an adult with powers. Oh well.
    This book was ok. It starts on a funny note, and stays relatively shallow and cute throughout, good for light reading. The reform school concept of Hex Hall is fun, even if it seems really irresponsible to not teach kids math and other basic subjects just because those kids have powers. Since they are also not being taught how to be better at using their powers, it begs the question - what are they learning at this school?
    I have the next 2 books in this series, so I'm moving on to the second book soon. I do like that the main character is short, and that she does eventually find someone to teach her how to use some of her powers. It's not my favorite 'teen with special powers' series, but it's fun enough to be worth finishing the series.
  • (5/5)
    A fun and sexy paranormal/supernatural read. When Sophie gets kicked out of public school again (this time for a love spell gone crazy), she's seriously bummed when her parents decode to send her to Hex Hall, a reformatory school for supernatural types who cannot control themselves.When there, however, she begins to make friends...until she pisses the local coven off. Then girls begin getting attacked and Sophie sets out to clear her roommate (and only friend) of suspicion. Throw in a brooding hot guy and some steamy make-out scenes (plus talk of giving up one's "V card"), and this is a fun read for older teens.Recommended to 9th grade & up.
  • (4/5)
    a good story, and a fast read.
  • (4/5)
    I read a LOT of young adult books, especially in this genre.(see my review of The Warrior Heir--I've found out I have powers?! Now what?) This book still managed to be entertaining, relatively novel, and made me want to keep reading. In fact, I read it in one sitting. Several times during the book the author would mention something rather in passing and I was really interested to find out the answer. She did a great job of building a world where I can envision plotlines and subplotlines for her books to come and I am excited at the prospect.

    And I hope Sophie is betrothed to Cal! It's not too often that the author goes the route of the Paul Bunyan/lumberjack hottie. I'm looking forward to reading more about him! :-)
  • (4/5)
    Actual Rating: 3.5 stars, rounded up because I am nice.

    Really fast read, and a fun read. The author writes in a style that is similar to how I speak. And I am 24. Hmmm.

    Lots of twists, and I can't wait to see how they all pan out later in the series (because it is such a short book, not everything gets tied up).

    It is YA, and paranormal YA at that, so of course it has the typical romance of OMG I LOVE HIM AND I MUST HAVE HIM, and it does get a little overbearing at times (because the book is written in first person), but there are some twists with the romance as well, so its kind of nice that way. Not completely original and refreshing, but still not exactly the same as everything else.

    Character development leaves something to be desired, but a) it is a YA novel and b) it is a short novel so you shouldn't go in with your expectations too high on that front. My favorite character is, hands down, Jenna.

    Overall, I enjoyed the book and will be reading the others in the series.
  • (5/5)
    I had been holding off on reading this one until after the third book came out. I have been getting really irritated about having to wait around for the next book in a series to come out so I decided I'd wait until I had all of these before I'd start. The third book, Spell Bound, was published last week so I finally got to dive into this one. I can tell you that it was most certainly worth the wait and I have found a new series to obsess over!

    Hex Hall completely blew me away. I read it in two short sittings. Partly because it's a quick read but also because I couldn't handle setting it down. My eyes were glued to my Kindle as I got completely lost in Sophie's story! Sophie is such a likable character and I was cheering for her from the very first page. She is sarcastic, funny and doesn't take anything too seriously. She's quite independent and a quick thinker. Sophie is thrown into a world she has very little knowledge about and it's fascinating watching her try to navigate her way through this magical place.

    The plot was very intriguing. It's full of mystery and suspense which keeps the reader on their toes the whole way through. I really did not see any of the twists coming but they made sense all the same! Sophie's only friend at Hex Hall is being accused of murder and assault. She is torn between her loyalty to her friend (Jenna, who is a really awesome character!) and all the clues that seem to point at her being the attacker. It's not an easy place to be and I think Sophie handles it well. She's clever and knows how to stand her ground. I still don't know how I'm supposed to feel about Archer- Sophie's detention buddy and crush. He still seems like such a mystery to me and I'm really excited to see how things will go in book two.

    As you can see, I LOVED this book and I'm so excited about this series! I would recommend it to anybody who is looking for a quick and fun read. It made me laugh several times and I can't wait to get back to Sophie's world.
  • (4/5)
    I read this while reading a bunch of Sookie Stackhouse books and just before reading White Cat by Holly Black, so I hope those things don't bleed through in my memory of this book, which I read a week ago. I'll do my best.The main character is a witch. Her father's a warlock, though he doesn't live with her and she's never even met him. After causing a big scene at a prom, she's sent away to witch reform school. Where she meets other students who are witches, and warlocks, and fairies, and werewolves and shifters (I /think/ I remember two types here, a la Stackhouse), and one vampire. Of course her roommate happens to be the one vampire.Despite the fact that the opening scene in a prom. Despite the fact that this is published by Disney. Despite the fact that there is a clique of pretty girls who think they're better than everyone else. Etc, etc. It's actually really good and doesn't suffer for having those things. This isn't the typical popular girls/misfits plot or the 'how do I get the guy of my dreams?' plot. Though those elements are in there, they're not annoying. Really.I actually really liked it. My main quibble is that the school seems to be this haunted house-looking type place, complete with a basement. Yet it's in Georgia. It just struck me as really odd. A New England house, in Georgia, for no particular reason.Anyway, check it out. I'll be reading the sequel of this one. And, so help me, if Disney does turn it into a movie or a television show, I'll watch that too.Well. Maybe.
  • (4/5)
    Hex Hall was a pretty interesting first book. It was similar to a lot of the other popular series out now. It especially reminded me of Lauren Kate's Fallen series. There were a few surprising twists in this one which I always appreciate. Also, the romance was a step above the norm. I'm definitely interested to see where the series goes from here.
  • (5/5)
    I ... I am just speechless. It's been such a long time since I've read a book this good, and I don't want to ruin it with a review that cannot comprehend my feelings. I am literally just reeling from the surprises in this book, and I can't wait to get my hands on the next one. Let me start off saying that I hate boarding school novels. They feel so unoriginal and completely used up. My first type of novel was the House of Night series by P.C. Cast, and let me tell you, after reading those books I have been very picky as to what I should read regarding "boarding school" as the plotline. I remember checking out this book from the library two years ago in 2010, but when I read the synopsis I couldn't bring myself to read it, so I hadn't even given it a chance. Now, as to why I'm obviously late -- well, a lot of the reviews I was following labeled it as a 3/4/5 star, so I figured, 'Hey, maybe I should give boarding school a chance. It couldn't be as bad as Marked.' And yes. I had definitely been right.One things of the many I love about Sophie Mercer is that she is witty. Cleverly, intelligently witty. And sarcastic. And ironic. And so hilarious. She had me laughing by the end of the prologue! And I definitely shared some laughs much later in the book, too. And trust me on this: Only quite a few books actually make me laugh. Usually I giggle or chuckle or just smile, but there are those rare books that MAKE. ME. LAUGH. This was one of them. Anyway, Sophie Mercer is being sent to Hecate Hall (Hex Hall for short) for creating a love spell phenomena in her school, thus being a sort of "disciplinary" academy where she learns to control her powers and her history. Let me also say this: Sophie is completely ignorant of her life. I mean, she doesn't know anything at all about what she's capable of, and for more often than not, I find myself rolling my eyes at her because of her stupidity. But then I think -- how could she have even known these things when everyone has kept it secret from her? And because of this I find myself cutting her some slack. But still, I think Rachel Hawkins went a little overboard with what Sophie did or didn't know. There were a lot of instances where it went like this: Girl: You know that your hair is growing spiders? Sophie: [looks confused, replies with witty remark] Well, yeah? You're a goose neck face with pimples. And what the hell are you talking about, anyway?Girl: [eyes widen] You mean you really don't know? Sophie: What? Know what?Girl: [smirks] Haha, wow! You slept with a spider! Sophie: [runs off crying] Nooooo! Y U KEEP SO MANY SECRETS?!-____- Right, so, um, yeah. Haha. L-O-L. The things that really earned this novel a five star is the twists. I honestly had not expected them, not at all. With this murder mystery presented throughout the novel, the main suspect was Jenna, Sophie's roommate and true friend (whom I loved as a supporting character.) And as goes the stereotypical plotline, the main suspect everyone suspects is not the one who actually did it. But the one who I found out who did do it was definitely a shocker. Nor had I expected one of Sophie's mentor to be anything more than just a teacher. But ooooh ... he/she was so much more. Definitely. And though I had my suspicions, I couldn't plug them in with the book I guess, so I was really quite surprised with the twist. Another thing I didn't like was the climax. I thought that the character that was battled against could've served as the main antagonist throughout the whole series, but maybe Rachel Hawkins had something different in mind. Which I totally respect if she does, since mine was just a suggestion. 4.7/5[This review was posted on Goodreads.]
  • (3/5)
    I was surprised to really like this book! I had heard great things about it, but when I started reading it I didn't think I would connect with it. I was wrong!I really loved the main character, Sophie. She was so down to earth. And Hawkins really hit the nail on the head with how the characters acted. They really sounded like teenagers!I have to say that I was disappointed in the description of Hectate Hall. I can't really picture it in my head.I was not totally surprised that Archer turned out to be something different than what Sophie thought he was, but I also still can't believe it. Guess I'll have to read the next one to really know what's happening. Things are never quite how they seem in books such as these.I also thought there would perhaps be more description of the classes or what they were learning. I know I might be comparing it to Harry Potter, but kind of hard not to and that's where my mind went.I liked all the different characters in the book. I would like to get to know Cal's character a bit more.All in all this was a fun easy read.I give it a 3.5/5.
  • (4/5)
    I like Sophie because she's normal and refuses to be bullied. She's feisty but like any normal person, she has her own insecurities. She's cunning but is unassuming and although her previous troubles made her a stronger person, there's still holes in her armor. And even if she's from a line of very powerful witches, her learning curve is not as adept as she'd like to be.I also like Hawkin's take on the usual love triangle that's a staple in most YA reads. For a change the heroine is not torn between two handsome boys, rather she found herself crushing on the Queen B's boyfriend which spells trouble for her. And boy, did Archer Cross did break her heart.
  • (4/5)
    Synopsis: 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 punish...moreThree 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.Review:For those of you that have severe Harry Potter withdrawal then this book is for you. Sophie joins Hex Hall having little know-how of her powers which keep doing everything but what she wants) nor any real knowledge of her father.But things get a whole lot stranger when she's made to join a coven, and her major crush turns about to be her enemy's boyfriend. Plus her new room-mate is a vampire who alledgedly killed the previous occupant of her bed.This book is wonderfully written, almost whimsical at times. The flow and pace keep you wanting more, and the story doesn't disappoint. I thought when I started that I would hate it but I ended up loving the characters, the setting and even the magical talk which is kept to a nice minimum. My only wish was that there would be more interaction with Sophie and Archer, and maybe a little more emotion. What we had was nice but it was quite tame considering many YA books these days have more sexual tension than some adult books.A wonderful and, I'm sure, a great start to a new series.
  • (5/5)
    Boarding schools, misfit main character, and magic....how could that combination not be great, right? Well, that's exactly what this story is! Hawkins waits no time to snag the reader from the very first page of the book. Sophie has issues just like any other teen and this makes her really likable by a majority of readers. However, she also has some pretty major magical issues on top of this. It is this combination that beckons for the readers attention to see how she deals with the day to day life and issues that is thrown at her. Hawkins' humor and wit are superb with Sophie! There were many times that I caught myself laughing because I was either thinking that I would say that same thing in that situation or caught off guard for the fact that I had not thought of that! This bits scattered throughout the book and a great story kept me addicted to the end.The idea behind this book reflects on real life examples. This concept is why it appeals so greatly to many people. These characters are all teens that deal with similar, if not identical, issues as non-magical teens. They have experimented, fought amongst themselves, and even skipped class. The only difference with these teens is the fact that there are more serious consequences for stepping out of line and it can only take one incident to be sent to "alternate" school. Hecate "Hex" Hall is the result of the ill-minded actions of these magical teens. The situations and issues they deal with before and after arriving at the school are so familiar to things I've seen and experienced it would have been difficult to not finish this book. The plot flows so well I could not have anyways. There are equal opportunities through it for action, heartbreak, happiness, and my favorite in this book, sarcasm. Combine all this and it makes a plot that does not short-change the reader in any form.The characters are really well written in my opinion. I realize that this is just my opinion, but the personalities of these characters are so real to me. Each has their own issues and attributes that are fairly balanced and interestingly spread out through the group. While I usually do relate to at least one character in a book, it is not often that it is the main character. Sophie experiences many situations that I could honestly view happening to me. Many times I thought to myself, "Yep, that's exactly what would have happened to me and that is exactly what I would have said." This girl has been through so much and she uses sarcasm to come to terms with it all. Yes, that is all too familiar for me. Combine that with the outball friend and a crush on the most impossible guy to get and you get my high school education. There is a true friendship between Sophie and Jenna. Their understanding of what it is to be a friend and what to/what not to put up with has great balance, making them a solid force against the world around them. Archer is a whole other aspect of Sophie's life. This relationship enhances the plot so well. The ups, downs, and twists absolutely shape and shift it in all the right directions.Overall the book was definitely a win-win for me. The intricate combination of the characters personalities, different perspective of subject matter and Hawkins' superb writing makes this an amazing experience for all that would read it.
  • (4/5)
    What more can I say than, "I LOVED THIS BOOK"? This is my second time reading it and I'm still in love with it. Usually, I tend to pick the book apart my second time around and not like it quite as much as this first time. That was not the case this time. Hawkins writing style is straightforward and simple. She doesn't try to use overly complex words that I don't understand and need to have a dictionary on hand for, yet it doesn't feel like she is writing for the comprehension of a five-year-old. It flows from one page to the next. The storyline and plot were fast-paced and enjoyable to read. Hawkins does a fantastic job of weaving this world full of magic but still having it feel real. Like this could really happen to any person on the street. I felt like I could really be at school (if I was gifted) with all of these kids, they. I loved each and every character, even the ones I hated! The character development was great and, once again, I felt like they were real people that I knew, they were so alive and engaging. Sophie is a wonderful protagonist. I love her attitude and her witty remarks. She had me laughing through the entire book. I would love to be her best friend. I enjoyed the growing relationship between Sophie and Archer. I like that there was some resentment and distaste for each other in the beginning and that they took the time to get to know each other.Two thumbs up to Rachel Hawkins and Hex Hall. I can not wait to start Demonglass and be sucked back into this wonderful world!
  • (5/5)
    When Sophie Mercer learned that she was a witch, her whole world turned upside down. Now, three years later, she's still trying (unsuccessfully) to keep her magic under control. After a spell gone wrong, she is sent to Hex Hall, a reform school for witches, faeries, and shapeshifters. Here, she makes a new friend, a vampire by the name of Jenna, but with three mean-spirited witches on her tail, a weird ghost who follows her everywhere, and a futile crush on a super-hot warlock, the bads are outweighing the goods. When Jenna is convicted of attacking innocent students, she is taken away and a desperate Sophie is left alone to find the attacker herself... however, in the process, she uncovers much more than the identity of the attacker - she reveals an age-old secret that could shake the future of the entire world.I loved this book because the author used such fun, quirky language and descriptive phrases. It was really easy to get inside Sophie's head, and the things she went through were very relatable. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone. It was a fun, quick read, but a good one at that, and I think it was very original. :)
  • (4/5)
    Hex Hall was a good book. It was all about Sophie, a girl that has been sent to Hex Hall (magical juvie). She gets picked on, attacked, cursed, and tricked, and it all makes for an entertaining plot. I loved reading Hex Hall and the only complaint I can think up is it's a bit short in my opinion. I would recommend it to a lot of my friends.
  • (5/5)
    I really enjoyed this book. I loved Sophie and can't wait to read Demonglass. I can't wait to see where she goes next with this series.
  • (3/5)
    Young Sophia Mercer is a witch. She always thought that should could handle life as a witch in the normal world and, most importantly control her powers. At least, she thought she could until prom night, when she thought it would be worthwhile to help out a fellow classmate who didn't have a date. The result is a wild love spell gone haywire -and a trip to Hecate Hall (aka Hex Hall), a school set aside for witches, fae and even vampires to help them learn to control their powers. Not only does Sophia have to deal with being shipped off to such a horrible place, but her new vampire roommate might be a killer.I pretty much picked up Hex Hall purely on a whim. And that's really what this book is good for -reading on a whim when you don't really have anything else to read. Hex Hall is a solid read, but is almost entirely made up of cliches about witches and other paranormal creatures mixed with a girlier version of Harry Potter with some Gossip Girl-ish elements thrown in. Thankfully, the cliche natural of Hex Hall had some attitude. Debut author Rachel Hawkins brings a unique voice to her characters that feels real, believable and easy for teens to relate to. Sophia pulls no punches and tells it like it is, and refuses to be under the thumb of the girls in the Dark Witch click. Sadly, though, past Sophia, many of the characters feel like shallow, stereotypical shells. The good thing about that is that a reader can easily connect these characters to someone they know, but the character's personalities get lost and have no sense of depth of originality.Hex Hall is a fun, quick and easy read with a great voice, but beware the cliches and small lack of originality. Trust me, you've read this one before.
  • (5/5)
    So, a few weeks ago I requested this from my public library. And then it arrived. And then I read it. No just kidding. I didn't read it. I devoured it. I loved this book. I would literly put it in a dress and marry it, but i don't think thats legal. Anyways, this book is amazing. Rachel's writing style is amazing. I love the way she writes Sophie. Shes so witty and funny. I love her thoughts. Ok so anyways...Hex Hall is about a girl named Sophie who is a witch. She makes a mistake and is sent to a school for witched, shapeshifters, and faeries (don't you just love how there are like 30 different spellings for faerie? faerie faery fairy faree, weel ok i made up that last one but still....) Well, she makes a vampire friend and three witchy enemies. Well, lets just say she also meets a guy she can't have. Very tragic. (Don't worry, I'll g out with you Sophie!) There are also A LOT of mysteries at this school. And soon Sophie finds out that someone kinda wants her... well... dead. Thats a problem.So. The writing was fantastic. 5/5The characters were awsome, ranging from witchy witches, evil unkown assassins (in a sense), lesbian vamps, you know, all the things you could want. And all the characters were awsome in thier own way, even if they are kind of, well, evil. 5/5he setting was really cool. Think Hogwarts without the Hogwarts save the magic plus the other creatures. Okay so that was convoluted and its not like Harry Potter, so there goes that comparison. Plus I don't like comparing books to either a.) Harry Potter or b.) Twilight. Okay. Thanks. So yeah, the setting was at a school pretty much starting the second chapter. And it is really cool. Its on like a secluded island of the coast where no one will find it. But yeah, the school is really cool, and so are the grounds. 5/5And the story. Awsome as i have said numerous times. I loved it. It was really entertaining. It drew you in and wouldn't let me stop reading. I read it in a few days, which, now being in high school, is pretty fast at this time. Well, it was amazing. 5/5And finally, the cover. It is awsome. It has Sophie and maybe a Sophie looking hot in a green dress. But.... is that really Sophie. Gasp! You say? Weel, I'm not telling. Read it. You won't regret it. 5/5So, overall, 25/25. Perfect. (I swear this book was like... flawless.) Oh, and guess what for those of you with an 'issue' with love triangles (those are so numerous nowadays aren't they?) well, guess what? There isn't one! Well, i don't think there was. Unless you count the end, but things... happen shall we say... so it doesn't count for me. And really, can someone create a love quadrangle one of these times, i mean, really? I think that could lead to some interseting things. (No, not in that way you weirdos!) Well, i digress.... Read this book!!!!! Oh, and its sequel, Demonglass, comes out in February 2011! Yay! Demonglass! More heads will roll! Or will they? What am i talking about? Well, i can't tell you. Read Hex Hall and see what I'm talking about. Or what i'm saying i'm talking about but I'm really just making up, oh oh oh or.... well. (Stop it Kreag Stop. You are annoying your loyal readers.) Sorry, my inner voice was talking. Enjoy!