Thursday, January 26, 2012

Review: Hex Hall - Rachel Hawkins

Author: Rachel Hawkins
Series: Hex Hall (#1)
Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
Release Date: March  2, 2010
Pages: 323                                                        
Read In: 1 day
      

Overview:
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.

D, A, & P's Review:                                         
Captivating, is one of the many words we would use to describe our latest read. "Hex Hall," was the perfect novel to launch Rachel Hawkins' new series.

Sophie, the main character, is sent to Hectate Hall (also known as, Hex Hall) as a final straw. From the age of 12, Sophie and her mother have moved across the US, in hopes of settling down. However, this seems unlikely due to the slip-ups Sophie makes with her magic spells. Everything changes the night of Sophie's high school prom, when one of her seemingly harmless spells goes disastrously wrong.
On her first day at Hex Hall, Sophie manages to make a few enemies, as well as, a friend who happens to be the most hated girl in the school. As the book progresses, Sophie discovers a new side to herself and her family's history. It becomes clear to Sophie that her life may never be the same.

We must admit, when we found “Hex Hall” at the local Barnes and Nobles store, we weren't so sure about reading it. After reading the overview, we expected a typical storyline of a teenage witch going through typical boy and magic issues. But we must say, we were shocked when we discovered Sophie's real paranormal origin. Hawkins brought something new to the table, that we are yet to see in any other paranormal YA writers, and we have no doubt that we will be reading more by Rachel Hawkins in the future.

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