Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Hex Hall By Rachel Hawkins

This is a review of Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins.

Description: When Sophie Mercer turned thirteen, she 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 Hecate Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward prodigium, a.k.a. witches, fae, 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, tag-along ghost; and a new roommate, who happens to be the most-hated person and only vampire on campus. Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her friend Jenna is the number one suspect. Meanwhile, Sophie has a more personal shock to grapple with. Not only is her father the head of the prodigium council, he's the most powerful warlock in the world, and Sophie is his heir. 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.

Review:

I've been waiting to read this book for a while now and i finally bought it last week and it arrived with in 2 days so i started reading it Friday night and finished by Saturday night. Its a short book and i could have read it in one sitting but i didn't want to finish it in a rush so i read it slower. This is meant to be a YA book but i definitely think younger teenagers could read it, it wasn't as complex as some of the YA novels i have read recently but i was still good.

The story follows Sophie, a young witch who did a love spell on prom night and it went terribly wrong so she gets sent to Hecate "Hex" hall a place for all prodigium (witches, fae and shapeshifters) who have trouble blending in. On the first day Sophie has to share a room with the only Vampire in the whole school, rejects an invitation to join a coven from the three most powerful witches in the school, and has a crush on the hottest boy in school who everyone else seems to have a crush on as well. Within a week she has also been given a term long detention with Archer. She then discovers some family secrets and that her father is the head of the council which every seemed to know except Sophie. Then there is a murder and Jenna, Sophie's vampire roommate is the prime suspect. This then leads to a few more deaths and a ghostly encounter from a family member before Sophie figures out the truth about everything and who she really is.

Okay so now characters, the main character is Sophie Mercer a young witch, who doesn't know much about her powers or even how she got them and when she goes to hex hall she discovers she doesn't know as much as she thought. Sophie is your average girl the only difference is that she is the most powerful witch in all the school. Then there's Jenna, Sophie's vampire roommate who seems to love the colour pink, but we soon see that she has some secrets of her own. There's also Elodie the most powerful dark witch in the school except from Sophie, shes a bitch to Sophie but she gets her own back, she also goes out with Archer the hottest boy in school. Elodie wants to become closer to Sophie as they all know how powerful she is and Elodie is hungry for more power. Nearer the end we see that there is some good in her. The last character I'm going to talk about is Archer, he's the boy all the girls love, and Sophie falls for him too. Sophie and Archer keep getting closer and closer, and Elodie starts getting jealous, but Archer has darker secrets then them all which is all revealed towards the end.

Altogether i enjoyed this book but i wanted it to be longer but now i have to wait till Demonglass the second book that comes out next year, which i can't wait to read. This book was good and very original i would definitely recommend it but it isn't as complex as some other YA novels are so you may sit there and want more from the book like i did but never the less i still enjoyed it and it has earned a place on my book shelf. I also found that this book is a lot funnier then most YA books so that makes it even more better. Rachel Hawkins has wrote one hell of a book and i look forward to reading the rest of the series.

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