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Book Review: Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

Hex Hall is amazing! I don’t say that about a lot of books, but Hex Hall really is amazing. I can see myself rereading this once or twice.

Amazon’s Book Summery: 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.

Hex Hall is one of the best books I’ve read in a long, long time. It is a quick, easy read. But it is also very cute, with a really likable, but snarky main character. It has a few, extremely unexpected twists and turns. The ending is perfect.

Right in the beginning there was a funny moment where she goes, bad dog, to an attacking werewolf.

IMHO, the best scene is when they are in the cellar and she discovers something shocking, totally unexpected about the guy. It was the best twist in the whole book. But I didn’t question it, you know? As shocking and expected as it was, it didn’t pull me out of the story and made me go, WTH? Me reaction was: OMG! He isn’t! He is! He really is!

If there is one or two things that could be better, it’s that two of the mean girl trio isn’t well-developed.  Their drama would’ve had more impact if they were better developed. They are minor villains, so I guess it’s okay.

The other thing is that except for the last quarter of the story, Hex Hall is a pretty story and Sophie is remarkably free of life-threatening situations. The ending saves it from being overly cute. As I said before, the ending is perfect. It also adds the final, unexpected twist.