Monday, April 2, 2012

Book Review: Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

Title: Hex Hall (Hex Hall, #1)
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Hyperion Teens
Paperback, 323 pages
Date Published: March 2, 2010
Source: Bought
Description (Taken 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.
Hex Hall opens with your average high school in your average town with your average outcast…but then it deviates into hilarity and magic and calamity (I’ve never used calamity in a review before, so word win!) and just some of the most entertaining writing I’ve ever had the pleasure to devour.

Sophie Mercer is a freaking genius. She has this comedic timing and snarkiness that rivals all others. I loved her from the moment she says, “I always wondered what it would be like to live in somebody’s mouth” (pg. 9), in reference to the Georgia humidity. Sophie is the kind of person I would hang out with because she’s so genuine and down to earth; and the girl bleeds sarcasm. She is perfection.

Her story of good witch gone to reform school is full of tragedies too – in the way of frizzy hair and bad uniforms, and deaths. Can’t forget the deaths. But there are also these super wonderful, fluffy friendshippy moments with a vampire and sexy bad thoughts about the sometimes nice, all the time annoying Archer. The newness of Sophie’s existence in a supernatural world lends to the books easy reading. Not only is the reader experiencing everything for the first time, but so is Sophie.

Rachel Hawkins has created something special and fun with Hex Hall. The plot is easy to follow, but the whodunit isn’t so cut and dry. Sophie’s a character that readers will relate to and adore. Her thoughts and emotions are very much those of a hilarious teen girl. While the storyline is fantastic, the characters stand out and drive the story. Readers will quickly and devotedly fall in love with Sophie, Jenna, Archer, and their world of witches, faeries, weres, shifters, vamps, and baddies.

Opening line: Felicia Miller was crying in the bathroom. Again. ~ pg. 1

Favorite lines/passages: On the upside, my crush on Archer was totally gone. Over. Once a boy has slammed his kneecap into your rib cage, I think any romantic feelings should naturally go the way of the ghost. ~ pg. 118
And this one:
“I’m experiencing some teenage angst, Mrs. Casnoff,” I answered. “I need to, like, write in my journal or something.” ~ pg. 129

Most definitely a 4.5
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.

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Jac said...

LOL!! I adore your favorite passage - I just love the relationship between Sophie and Archer,I was blindsided by his twist in this one!

-Jac @ For Love and Books

Gina @ My Precious said...

I loved this book! Demonglass was even better, but it ends on a nasty cliffhanger, one of the nastiest I've ever read. Enjoyed your review. Yep, Sophie is a really fun character. I enjoyed her sarcasm and snarkiness, too.

Tiffany said...

I love this series! I adore Sophie and her snarkiness. Jenna is awesome as well. I didn't like Archer until the second book but I eventually fell for his charm and now I love the relationship between him and Sophie. Great review :)

Natalie (Mindful Musings) said...

I've heard a load of fantastic things about this book, and I feel like I'm the last person in the world who hasn't started this series! So glad to hear you liked it, Nikki, and kudos for using the word calamity! Lol.

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