Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Review - Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
Age Group: Young Adult
Hardcover - 336 pages
(From Amazon) 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 I first read the description for this book I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. Then after I bought it, I read about half and had to put it down so that I could read something else. Finally, I picked it back up and was unable to put it down. I kept finding myself wanting to know what was gonna happen next but I felt it didnt hit its climax til the very end and the dropped. Which I am not saying is a bad thing. If I hadn't know there was going to be another, though, I probably would have been more disappointed, but knowing about the next, I am VERY excited.
I really loved everything about this novel. There were many unique characters and many did things that you never would have expected. That was one aspect of Rachel's writing that I really enjoyed. She could make you really dislike a character all through out the book and them make them do something so shocking that you never would have seen coming.Which for me made me see the character in a whole new light.
Although I thouroughly enjoyed this novel there were somethings that did bother me. There were a few times that Rachel would touch on a subject, that I felt was important to the story and then never went further with it. Which later made me think a lot about it once I had finished the novel.
Overall I really enjoyed Hex Hall. I loved that it included many fantasy creatures and had an original storyline. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys paranormal novels, but with a hint of romance.
Cover - 5 stars
Plot - 5 stars
Characters - 5 stars
Writing - 5 stars
Ending - 4 stars