Rating: 3 1/2 stars
Released: March 2, 2010 (Hardcover)
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 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.
Overall, Hex Hall was a likable read. With so much paranormal literature these days, I think I’m a harder critic of it. So, Hex Hall I liked, but did not love. It was a debut novel for Rachel Hawkins, and one thing that I can say for her is that she writes great twists. I did not see them coming and was very impressed by that. There were some big cliff-hangers at the end, so do expect to read the rest of the series to feel closure about Sophie’s life.
I like the cover, I like the other cover better though:
It’s more eye-grabbing. The tagline is a bit lame, but this is the cover for the paperback which should be out now (released April 1).