Title: Hex Hall
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Published: August 31st 2010
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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.
Fun, it’s the word that comes to mind within reading the first few pages of Hex Hall. Rachel Hawkins knows how to be entertaining and I loved the main character she created. Sophie is one of the funniest main characters I’ve ever come across; I absolutely enjoyed reading the story from her point of view and I can’t forget that she’s a hell of badass witch. With that being said everything else fell flat for me.
I enjoyed the world created by Rachel Hawkins, think fancy high school for creatures and everything paranormal – witches, faeries, werewolves. It was easy to visualize everything, from the architecture of the school to the different characters. I loved Sophie – her wit, her loyalty towards her friends and her humour made her one of my favourite characters in books. Her friend Jenna was interesting, I liked that she defied stereotypes and her personality was great treat. Initially I didn’t care about Archer but by the end of the book I was definitely craving more of his story.
The pacing for the first 200 pages was a bit too slow, there boring moments and the magic was lacking. I wasn’t invested in the mystery in the story and I found some elements to be predictable. It was only after this 200 page marker that I started appreciating the relationship and tension between Sophie and Archer.
After dragging through the pages the pace picked up in the last 50 pages, it was very enjoyable, there was the intensity I was waiting for, the action I craved and I ate up the surprises but then it came crashing down in one anticlimactic disappointment. Everything had been building up to this one particular moment but it ended way too fast, it just wasn’t enough. The story just didn’t come together for me though the second book has a great set up and I hope it would be more exciting.
Overall it was a light book that I finished in a few hours, I recommend it if you’re a fan of paranormal mysteries and funny witches.