Series: Hex Hall #1
Published by Hyperion on May 29th 2010
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.
When Hex Hall starts off, Sophie has performed one too many bad love spells and is sent off to a school that is almost like a juvie for paranormal creatures – only a lot nicer. The hot guy saves her the first day and that’s it – she’s done in for a serious crush. She unfortunately has to room with a vampire who is in love with the color pink and has been accused of killing her last roommate. Let’s just say this book is packed with paranormal awesome and I can’t wait for the next books.
Sophie isn’t anything special – or so she thinks – and it’s nice to see a more humble character that gains confidence a little bit at a time. She’s pretty realistic for a witch and resists the dark witches coven. She’s a bit sheltered from the paranormal world – having grown up with her human mother and her father only communicating via email and phone calls. She doesn’t know what she’s in for at this school, but she seems to take everything pretty calmly. I really like her as a character – she doesn’t do anything annoying and she isn’t totally amazing… (yet hehe). I like a bit of realism with my fantasy and Sophie really reflects that as a character.
And as for her hott crush – Archer – well he is totally swoon-worthy. Not sure why he’s with the really mean girl of the school, but he inevitably finds himself drawn to Sophie and her to him. He’s a hunkity hunk and also has a great personality (she slowly discovers). But there’s a bit of mystery to his past and well, that comes out towards the end of the book. I hope there’s more of him in the next book because he is full of yum.
Hex Hall involves the reader and Sophie grows on you. I can’t say exactly what it is, but I definitely felt drawn into this book. Cannot wait for the next one – seriously!