Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Book Type: Library
Summary: (from Goodreads)
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.
First Sentence: Felicia Miller was crying in the bathroom.
Oh. My. Goodness. Out of all the rave and awesome reviews and ratings this book was getting, I just had to pick it up at the library. I'm so glad that I picked this book up because I read all of it in half a day. A quick read but filled to the brim with details, twists, and turns, Hex Hall is definitely a must-read!
You start with the Prologue. As most prologues of the books go, you get to meet the character and blah blah blah blah. Most of the books I have picked up that began with a prologue had the most boring prologue. This is no such book. With the first sentence, Hawkins has you captivated and transported into the world of her novel. I can easily get myself trapped into the mesmerizing realm of Hawkin's writing. It's clean, organized, and easy to follow as you go along with the main character's adventure.
Now off to ramble about the characters. Bare with me, please. Sophie, the main character, is new to Hex Hall - the place she found out her father sent her - and, of course, she's scared. She meets paranormal creatures (well, the Prodigium which are the faeries, witches, and shapeshifters) that she has never come in contact before, and to her luck, she's almost attacked before she even starts the school. This is where you meet Archer - the "hottie" warlock that rescues her from a deranged shapeshifting student. Normally, I hate the shallow attempt for an author to relate to the teenage population by just sticking a "hot" guy and expecting fangirls to drool with ever mention of his name. Luckily, Hawkins made Archer have more depth than the normal stereotypical book hunk.
Sophie is very likable. Being a smart, funny, and very powerful heroine is typical, but just the way I can relate to her not fitting in and having most people turn their backs on her clicks with me. Archer, as I said earlier, isn't just a plain character stuck into the novel to attract little girls or whatnot. He is an actual person (or warlock, whichever you prefer) that catches the heart of the reader. . . butyougetmadathimattheendbecauseyouthinkhe'sguiltyofSOMETHING.
The ending was a HUGE twist. It did not end up how I thought it was, and I can usually predict the ending by reading the first few chapters. Not with the book whatsoever. I'm not going to tell you anything about the ending because I refuse to use spoilers, but all I can guarantee is that you will be blown away by what the author reveals. It made me slightly mad, but I enjoyed the ending VERY much. You will too!
Might look kind of boring, but after you read the whole entire book, you'll find out that the cover reveals symbols from the novel.