Hex Hall

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Hex Hall

After I read the plot description of Hex Hall online, I knew that I had to get my hands on it. It had everything I look for: otherworldly creatures, magic, boarding school, new girl syndrome, a crush, and the South. I just had a feeling that this book would be great.

Sophie Mercer discovered she was a witch when she turned thirteen. There have been some growing pains along the way but her human mom has been there for her. Sophie’s dad, who she inherited her gift from, has been a voice on the phone or an email in the inbox. But when she goes too far one night with a spell gone wrong she is sent to Hecate Hall until she turns eighteen. Hex Hall is a reform school for kids just like her: witches, shapeshifters and fairies who have shown their true nature to humans. Sophie feels like a fish out of water since she wasn’t raised around magic like the other kids. She is assigned a room with the most hated student on campus, a vampire named Jenna. To put the icing on the cake she manages to make an enemy of the popular girls. The only thing that could make things worse is to discover there is someone in the school attacking students. Will Sophie figure out what is going on before she becomes one of the victims?

I devoured this book in one day! This book was so very readable; the plot, the characters, the humor. Sophie is a smart, sarcastic modern girl, which is just how I like them. Her roommate Jenna is a great character as well. She is the only vampire on campus and there on a scholarship. Her last roommate died under mysterious circumstances and everyone thinks Jenna did it. Jenna tries to act like people’s opinion of her doesn’t matter but it is clear that she appreciates having a friend in Sophie. Elodie is the resident mean girl who, with her two sidekicks Anna and Chaston, welcome Sophie with an offer to join their coven. They are the only other dark witches in the school and they need a fourth. While tempted when she sees their display of power, Sophie is wise enough to turn them down. I found that so refreshing, instead of giving in so that she could be popular and powerful. Archer Cross, hottest boy in the school, is also another character that I found really interesting. He is kind of rude to Sophie on their first meeting. But as they encounter each other more and more, Sophie finds herself joining legions of girls at Hex Hall who have a crush on him. But just like everyone and everything at this school, there is more to the story. On Sophie’s first night at Hex Hall the new students were treated to a talk by the principal.  This isn’t an idyllic world that Sophie lives in. There are several groups, hunters of supernatural beings that would like nothing better than to kill all of the residents of Hex Hall. Students are warned to be careful at all times. Then students are attacked just like Jenna’s pervious roommate. Is Jenna the culprit or is someone stalking the students?
With a surprise ending and several loose ends dangling temptingly to build anticipation for a sequel, this was a great read from start to finish. If you like The House of Night series by P.C. and Kristin Cast then you will love Hex Hall!

Book Blurb for Hex Hall

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.

Night Owl Reviews Mar, 2010 4.50