Review: Hex Hall

Title: Hex Hall
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Series: Hex Hall #1
Genre: Young-Adult, Fantasy
Publication Date: March 2, 2010
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH
Pages: 323
My Rating: 4.5 Stars

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 tag-along 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.

Reading the synopsis, I wasn't interested in the book. It sounded very Highschool-teenage-y-cliche-esque. But then I read a review from a very reliable source that said that it wasn't like it sounded, so I decided to give it a shot. And I am so freaking glad that I did.

Because this book was so much better than I expected. The bad cover and the cheezy description is very misleading and you shouldn't let that, or one of those I-have-a-problem-with-writing-a-positive-review people stop you from reading it.

Now, I'm not saying that the book isn't teenage-y at all. It is. But the characters are teenagers so I can't exactly fault it for that. The important thing is that it's so much more.

It didn't start off very good but it got better with every page. The twists and turns, the characters, the general story, the world in which it was, everything was so good. Especially the twists. I did not see a lot of the stuff coming. I mean, I suspected something but I didn't know they were going to be that (Sorry. I'm being vague, I know. I just don't want to give any spoilers). And the ENDING!

HO-LY Crap!

I have no idea what's going to happen after this and I'm super pumped for the next book.

The only flaw I observed was that the writing needed a bit of polishing. It was the little things. Like Sophie and Jenna stopped laughing even though it was never mentioned that they started laughing in the first place. Or Sophie standing up when I'd thought she was already standing since it wasn't mentioned otherwise.

But other than that, the book was brilliant. I loved it and I highly recommend it.

4.5 Pleasantly-Surprised Stars

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