Friday, February 4, 2011

Review: Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
Published by Hyperion Books
Release Date: March 2, 2010

Rating: 4/5
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.

I’ve been meaning to get around to read this series for a while now but for some reason have just been saying, “It can wait for now.” Well, I finally decided to read it after asking around on Twitter and getting great feedback. I was told it was a fun and quick read and so it was! I easily read it in just over 4 hours and found myself laughing at all the pop culture references, weird situations, and basic teen drama.

In a nutshell, Sophie is a witch raised by her mom (non-witch). After drawing too much attention to her powers, her dad decides to send her to Hecate (aka Hex) Hall (a reform school of sorts for magical beings) to learn to control her witchiness. She meets a hot guy, Archer Cross, and can’t help but to like him seeing as every girl in Hex Hall does. As the story continues, lines are crossed, relationships are muddled, and lives are at stake. This story has plenty of twists and will keep you reading, laughing, and on edge until the end.

I really enjoyed Hex Hall, not only for it’s fast pace but also for it’s upbeat writing and creative and exciting characters. Sophie is a lovable teenager with her own issues (she’s such a witch) and she’s hard not to relate to, especially if you have powers. Archer is the guy any girl could fall for though he is already taken by, as always, the most popular girl in school Elodie (NOT like Melodie without the ‘M’) who just happens to also be a ‘dark witch’ like Sophie and desires for her to join the coven. All of the characters were well-written and the development continued to grow smoothly as the story went along. Also, the twist is the end will definitely take you by surprise!

Overall, Hex Hall was an entertaining and witty read!


  1. Great review! I have been wanting to read this one too.

    New follower! :)

  2. I really didn't know what to expect from this book when I first picked it up, but I loved it! I thought that it was different from what we usually see in YA and like you said, it was really quite witty!

  3. This one has been on my TBR list for a long time too, I might have to move it up now. I love when books reference pop culture. Thanks for the great review.

  4. I'm still waiting to read this one, I really need to get a copy so I can get to it!

  5. nice review, ive been wanting to read this for AGES. and totally not because there's a guy called Archer in it, no, of course not.