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Friday, 20 January 2012

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

Hex Hall (Hex Hall, #1) 
Title: Hex Hall
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Pages: 323
Publication Date: Mar. 2nd, 2010
Back Cover:  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.

First Lines: Felicia Miller was crying in the bathroom again. I knew it was her because in the three months I'd been going to Green Mountain High, I'd already seen her crying in the bathroom twice.
My Thoughts: First of all, I have got to comment on the humour in this book. It is so dry and the sarcasm is just hilarious. I was laughing out loud so many times during this book, which earned me some really weird looks from my family.
Basically the book is about a girl named Sophie Mercer who is a witch. When a spell of hers goes wrong and she is noticed by humans as being "different", she is sent to Hecate Hall, aka "Hex Hall". Here she makes some friends and enemies, and falls for the boy everyone has a crush on. As the book progresses, there are twists and turns which lead to danger and finding out about a gruesome family history.

Rachel Hawkins has created characters which people can connect to. These stereotypes may not be very good in real life, but in books it helps people to relate to the characters in a more personal way. Such as, being the person without many friends, and the popular people who just seem to have everything.

Some of the twists in the plot were predictable and have been overdone in YA books. This was probably the only thing I could mark this book down for. But, some of the twists I didn't see coming at all.

Rachel Hawkins' writing style is very to easy to read. This book was a fast read and always had something interesting going on, whether it was spells gone wrong, misbehaving werewolves, or a vampire who has an unusual colour taste, to say the least.

If you're looking for a quick and easy read, then you cannot go wrong with this book. The sarcasm is hilarious and the book is just really interesting.

Rating: 3/5


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