Saturday, April 17, 2010

Review: Hex Hall

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

Synopsis (From back cover): 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 from a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it's her dad who decides her punishment: exile.

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.

Hex Hall was right at the top of my to-read list this year, and now I know that it was definitely worth the wait. It is the first book of a new series by debut author Rachel Hawkins. It had me drawn in from the first word to the last word. Sophie's voice is so clear and funny that it's heart wrenching watching her perform all these spells with good intentions only to have them backfire on her, especially the love spell at the beginning for another girl to get her a date for the prom.

I thought I knew where the story was going, but the twists and turns that Hawkins throws in will keep any reader on the edge. Hex Hall is definitely worth the read, and Hawkins has set out an intriguing and original world.

Cover: The cover is intriguing. The reflection showing both of Sophie's worlds is the first thing that caught my eye and made me want to read the blurb to find out what it's about.

Plot: 5/5 stars
Ending: 5/5 stars
Cover: 5/5 stars
Overall: 5/5 stars
Recommend: For anyone that loves magic and mystery
Debut Author Challenge: #3 of 12


Lydia Kang said...

Oooh, it sounds really good! Thanks for the review!

lisa and laura said...

One of the girls in our book club read this and loved it. Can't wait to check it out!

Unknown said...

It's definitely worth the read. One of the best reads this year.

Deb Salisbury, Magic Seeker and Mantua-Maker said...

Cool! I'll add it to my Wanted list. Thanks!

Kerri Cuev said...

Thanks for posting about this. I'll have to check it out thanks!

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