Title: Hex Hall
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Format: Hardcover, 323 pages
Publisher: Hyperion Books
Release Date: March 2nd, 2010
Rating: 4 out of 5 HEARTS
Synopsis from Goodreads
When teenage witch Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, her punishment is 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.
My Always Spoiler-Free* Review (*unless otherwise noted)I adored Hex Hall for many reasons, one of them being how absolutely smart and funny Sophie is. She's an extremely likable character who's thankfully also quite flawed. She doesn't always make the right decisions but is quick to learn from her mistakes.
I really like how Jenna's not your typical vampire, I mean her favorite color is pink and I admire how she handles all the animosity towards her. I enjoyed the friendship she has with Sophie and how that helps motivate Sophie into investigating the attacks and learning more about her abilities.
I dug Archer right away, so it was easy to understand why Sophie is so drawn to him. He's mysterious, flirty, frustrating, basically everything a high school crush should be. You'll be wanting to find out more about him, just like Sophie does.
Even though I didn't care for Elodie and her friends, I still would have liked to learn more about them. I often felt as though they were only around to help move the story forward and draw Sophie and Archer closer together.
The story moves very quickly and there's lots of humor to offset the mystery and suspense. The twists kept me hooked and I loved the ending! I'm glad there is going to be 2 more books in the series but I also think it stands very well on it own, had the author decided to end it there. Rachel Hawkins brings some new ideas into a book that some may feel is a younger, female Harry Potter, but I think is very much its own fun story.