Thursday, September 8, 2011

Review of Hex Hall

My review of Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins is based on a hardcover copy of the book that I borrowed from my local library. The following review is my honest opinion of the book.

Goodreads Summary: "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 student 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 loved reading about Sophie. She was funny, at times awkward and just your perfectly normal teenage girl thrust into a crazy situation. Archer was the kind of male character that I almost always find myself falling for when it comes to reading young adult books. He was clever, funny and of course handsome.

Jenna was probably my favorite of the secondary characters as she was likely written to be. At some points in the story I even liked her better than Sophie and wished I could have spent a little bit more time with her. I especially enjoyed the fact that no one really made a big deal of the fact that she had become a vampire because she had fallen in love with a girl, the fact that it was just so nonchalant put me in mind of David Leviathan's works which I really love.

My one issue with Hex Hall is that if I thought too long about the storyline, instead of letting myself get completely lost in the world that it took place in, I found myself figuring things out or at least suspecting them far too early on in the story which ruined a few of the major developments for me. I have this problem with a lot of books though, both young adult and adult novels, so it's more of an issue with me than anyone else I'd imagine. Besides I have to keep reading to make sure that my hunches are right after all so it's not like it ruins the story for me or anything.

I'm giving Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins a four out of five stars review. It was another perfect choice for a summer read and I'm glad that I was able to snag a copy from my library and you guys should definitely do the same. Hex Hall is totally worth reading.


  1. Yay, so glad you started this series! It's so much fun and I love the assortment of characters and their varying shades of paranormal. I loved Jenna too :D Great review!

    You must start on book two now! Although warning: it ends on a cliffhanger *pulls at hair*

  2. Wonderful review. :) You reminded me why I have it sitting here on the shelf to read. :) Now I just need to get the time to get to it. Thank you for the great review. And glad you enjoyed it.

  3. I really love HEX HALL. Great review!

    Jenna is one of my faves too. I hope you get to read DEMONGLASS soon!

    The Musings of ALMYBNENR

  4. I'm so glad that all of you liked/enjoyed my review. Best thing in the world to hear, after all who doesn't love knowing that they've done something right?

    I'll definitely be working on getting a copy of Demonglass soon. It's so hard to keep up with all of the series that I'm currently reading PLUS the new ones that keep popping up and luring me in.