Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

Title: Hex Hall
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Publisher: Hyperion CH

Format: Paperback
Pages: 336
Publication Date: March 2, 2010
Overall: 5/5 
Source: Borrowed from Tynga at Tynga’s Reviews
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 Review:
After a love spell has gone horribly wrong, a teen witch named Sophie Mercer is sent to live at a reform school known as Hecate Hall  by her father as punishment.  There, she and other teen Prodigium, witches, warlocks, shape shifters, faeries, and a vampire, learn how to use and control their powers so that they do not attract the attention of their mortal enemies, ‘The Eye’.
Sophie is immediately befriended by her roommate Jenna, the only vampire at Hecate. Soon after, not only does Sophie discover that someone has been attacking the students at Hecate; she also learns that her roommate and friend Jenna is the prime suspect. Elodie, the most popular girl in school and two other witches try to get Sophie to join their coven for protection, however, she immediately refuses their offer. From there on, Elodie makes Sophie’s stay at Hecate as uncomfortable as she can.
The story would not be complete without the handsome warlock named Archer Cross. Although Archer is Elodie’s boyfriend, he and Sophie show signs of chemistry from the very beginning and their friendship develops throughout the rest of the story with many surprises hidden around each corner.
Hex Hall is an attention grabbing read which will have you tearing through the pages to get to the end. Sophie’s adventure to discovering her roots will keep you on your toes and surprise you after learning the true strength of her powers and the position her father has in the supernatural community. Sophie is a character that shows determination and loyalty to those she cares for. I admire that Sophie is portrayed as a realistic character through her emotions and flaws, although she is powerful, she is vulnerable at the same time. There is a great deal of emotion presented within the novel such as fear, love and hate. By having these emotions presented in the novel, it is easy for the readers to relate to the story and it’s wonderfully portrayed characters.
Rachel Hawkins did a fantastic job in keeping the mystery threat to the students hidden from her readers until the very end. I admire that Rachel kept the characters in the novel true to themselves at all times. From the sarcastic, witty main character Sophie, to the fun, pink loving vampire sidekick Jenna, each character is unique and reveals their hidden depths throughout the novel. Some of my favorite elements were Sophie’s quirky narrative voice, the adventure, the developing romance, and definitely the paranormal elements.
I believe that Rachel Hawkins is a wonderful storyteller that knows exactly which elements to combine in order to please her readers. I recommend Hex Hall to anyone who enjoys Young Adult fiction and the Paranormal with a little hint of romance.
**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.**
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