Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
Publication Date: March 2nd,2010
Published by: Hyperion Books CH
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.
I read Hex Hall in about a day.I know most of you are going "Meh, so what?" For me, a non native speaker, that's saying a lot about the book I am reading, and I am telling you I could not put this one down!
I absolutely loved it!
Being a huge fan of stories about magic, witches and warlocks, I have pretty high standards when it comes to books with that content.So I admit, I was a bit sceptical when I picked up Hex Hall.I realised, of course that I had no reason to be, as I was hooked from the very beginning!
Hawkins's writing was fast paced, funny,with a lot of pop culture references which always crack me up, especially when ancient supernatural creatures don't get them but try desperately to,regardless!I liked the idea of the school having so many different supernatural creatures attending, so we get the chance to see a little bit of everything:vampires, fairies,shape shifters, werewolves.
I love it when books have many different characters, all pivotal, and not just focus on a couple's epic love.It's always good to have options,right? Hex Hall was all about that. You could choose to like the introverted vampire, you could chose to hate the snobby faery, you could chose to lust after the hunky warlock.
As for the leads, I liked them both.Sophie is so nice and funny!She is a girl that went through a lot growing up.Having to move from place to place,Sophie never felt like she fit in anywhere. She thinks she can make a fresh start at Hecate,a place where she won't be judged by who she is, a place she can finally belong,only to discover that there are a lot of things she doesn't know about herself and about the people she thought she could trust.
Archer is your typical hot guy and Sophie's love interest.Despite the fact that he initially comes across like an arrogant know-it-all, there is something that makes him likeable that I can't quite put my finger on.That's what Sophie found in him and liked so much, I guess.
Did I find it predictable?A little bit.I kinda knew where the story was going from early on.But that's just me and my psychotic self, who just can't trust anyone and suspects eeeeveryone!
Hex Hall is without a doubt a very good, enjoyable read, which I totally recommend to every YA lover out there!
Can't wait to read the sequel, Demonglass, coming out March 1st,2011.