When someone tells you somebody’s been murdered, laughing is probably not the best response. You know, for future reference.
But laughing is exactly what I did” – Hex Hall, Rachel Hawkins
Initial Thoughts: There is no better way for a book blogger to celebrate Halloween with a book review about witches, shape shifters, faeries, vampires, and werewolves. Once again, I was looking for an audiobook to listen to at work, and I had come upon Hex Hall by chance.
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. ” Goodreads
At first, I thought I wasn’t going to even finish the book. The story starts out during prom night. A pitiful girl is crying in a bathroom stall. Her problem… she doesn’t have a date. I inwardly groaned while listening to this little episode. There’s no sense crying over being dateless to prom, there are worst things in life. Anyway, Sophie Mercer, our accident-prone heroine comes along and tries to make everything better by conjuring a date for the crying girl. Suddenly, the entire prom has turned to chaos. The quarterback crashes into prom in order to profess his undying love, the crying girl (no longer crying) screams, Sophie falls into a punch bowl and is subsequently sent to Hecate Hall. Hecate Hall (or Hex Hall) is a reform school for magical beings to learn how to control their powers.
Once Sophie enters Hecate Hall, the book suddenly became a thousand times better. I would suggest to just ignore the first few chapters which are extremely corny and over the top. Hecate Hall is nothing like Hogwarts (the school featured in the Harry Potter books) in case you wish to make the comparison. Hogwarts is a school of posh decorations, Hecate is like your under funded public school (except no one gets to leave at the end of the day). I appreciated that the author went to great lengths to make Sophie’s experiences at Hecate far different from Harry’s experiences at Hogwarts.
Of course, like every young adult novel, there is a love interest with the possibilities of a love triangle in the future. I will not spoil the surprise. The main love interest in this novel is a perfect blend of sarcastic and teasing with a caring nature underneath the surface. I did find him to be a little too bland, but it didn’t impede the story. Hopefully, there will be more character development as the series goes on. I really liked the main character, Sophie. Sophie changes a lot throughout the book, and it was interesting to see her evolution. I also really liked Jenna, Sophie’s friend.
Once I was mid-way through the book, I thought that I had everything figured out. I could envision the ending in my mind as if there was a linear path with just a few minor twists at the end. Well, I was completely wrong. This book will surprise you at the end. There were a few key details that were dangling in front of my face the whole time that only made sense at the very end of the story!
I would recommend this book to fans of the Immortal series by Gillian Shields, and Born at Midnight by: C.C. Hunter.
About the Book Title: Hex Hall Author: Rachel Hawkins Series: Hex Hall (Book #1: Hex Hall, Book #2: Demonglass, Book #3: Spell Bound) Pages: 323 Year Published:2010 Genres & Subjects: Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy, Magic, Witches, Warlocks, Faeries, Vampires, Werewolves, Shape shifters,
Until Next Time,