Review: Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

Title: Hex Hall
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Genre: YA Paranormal
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Published: March 2nd 2010
Page Number: 323
Rating: 4.5/5

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 tag-along 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.


I wasn't too sure what I was to expect as I went into this book. I love anything to do with Witches and magic, but Young Adult Paranormal isn't exactly a favourite genre of mine. Until Recently. All I want to do is read Paranormal books and this one was absolutely perfect. I felt like I was reading a less cheesy version of a Disney Channel Movie.

Normally I wouldn't compare movies to books, but if you did like the Disney Channel movies Twitches and Halloween Town then you'd definitely like this. It's a fun, quick read with pure action. The main character Sophie is a fresh voice in YA Paranormal. She's spunky, but also very vulnerable and I connected with her so much.

Rachel Hawkins' writing was pretty much flawless and she definitely knew her characters. My absolute favourite was Jenna, Sophie's Vampire best friend and roommate. Jenna was hilarious and the book would not have been the same without her in it, even in parts that she weren't in you could tell that there was a presence missing.

Through the journey of self-discovery, secrets and love, Hex Hall really packs a punch into your gut. Romance is scarce, but that's what built this book up.

I just loved it and I'm so pumped to read books 2 and 3, Demonglass and Spellbound.


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