Thursday, March 6, 2014

Review: Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

Hi! today I'm reviewing one of my favorite books ever. Almost everybody read it, but still... these are my thoughts.

Hex Hall (Hex Hall #1)
by Rachel Hawkins


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.

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This is one of those series I've had forever in my "TBR pile". All my friends liked it but for one reason or another, I couldn't get it before. I'm glad I did now.

COVER: Beautiful. I don't know what the cat is doing there but the rest is nice and the girl looks just how I imagine Sophie.

WRITING AND PLOT: The prologue is very funny and I loved the strong start.  

From the very beginning you can see the sense of humor of the author reflected in the pages. 

I like the atmosphere Hawkins created for the school as well as the family history. 
The story has also a curious and catching touch of mystery. 

I think, that my favorite scene was one where all the "prodigium" are making dresses for a ball. Again, what happens to Sophie is comical. 

Basically I can say that this was an easy reading with a remarkable twist in the end. 


Sophie, the protagonist, is utterly funny. Hilarious. She made me giggle all book long. Even when she is being serious, she has some witty retorts that fixed a grin in my face. 
She is totally powerful but so clueless when it comes to use her powers that you can't help getting attached to her. She is fresh, innocent and in one word: adorable! You don't want to miss her epic monologues!

“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.” 

Archer Cross: is interesting. Maybe not the sexiest character on earth (at the beginning) but he has something that made me want to keep reading about him. And he definitely, became way more fascinating at the end.

The chemistry between him and Sophie is exhilarating! I would have liked to be in cellar duty with him too! 

Jenna: OMG! Jenna is Sophie's roommate. Also, she happens to be the only vampire at Hecate Hall so yes, she is an outcast. And she adds a lot to the story just by being herself hehe.

“Archer Cross, resident bad boy and total heartthrob. Warlock. Every girl here is at least, like, half in love with him. Crushing on Archer Cross might as well be a class.” 

Well, that's it. I'll be posting my review of DEMONGLASS (Hex Hall #2) in the following days.

I hope you liked it!

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