Hex Hall

Author: Rachel Hawkins
Pages: 336
Publisher: Hyperion
Format: Hardcover
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads)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.

My Summary: Sophie's always been a little different.

When she turned twelve, she came into her witch powers, and things just sort of started happening. But Sophie always had the best intentions - she never meant to make that guy go nuts and stalk that girl. She never meant to do any of it. Really, she was only trying to help people.

But eventually Sophie's 'good deeds' begin to attract unwanted attention, and her dad - the head of a secret organization that polices all supernatural activity - decides that it'd be best if she was sent to a reformatory
 school for 'troubled' supernatural teens. Whoopie.

But if Sophie thought there was going to be less drama at her new school, she was sorely mistaken. Within her first few weeks fellow students are attacked and nearly killed under mysterious circumstances.

It seems like Hex Hall is hiding something - something that goes back to Sophie's great-grandmother and the source of their family's powers.
My Thoughts: I heard about this series a few years ago but never really made much of an attempt to get my hands on a copy; I'm really regretting that now. This was probably one of my favourite paranormal YA books in a long, long time. Sophie's snark and sense of humour was really close to my own, and I laughed out loud more than a few times while flying through the pages.

Hawkins manages to maintain a sense of suspense and mystery while also keeping up the light, playful side of the novel - I really liked that, because there's nothing worse than a book that takes itself entirely too seriously. I like a little humour and sarcasm thrown in, even when it's a serious subject matter. 
Final Thoughts: I recommend this to anyone who enjoys paranormal YA and romance. I'll definitely be continuing the series!


  1. This is a really good series. I'm glad you enjoyed the first book.

  2. I read and commented on your reviews of thedithis series. And don't worry, I was late to the Hex Hall game too. I didn't read the first book until 2011 was nearly over with! I had even tried reading it once, but for some reason couldn't get into it. I love the series though.

    Great review. =D


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