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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Review: Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

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Publish Date: February 1, 2011
Publisher: Hyperion Book
Format: Hardcover
Source: Personal

Felicia Miller was crying in the bathroom.

Sophie Mercer was only trying to help a fellow student. Now because she has outed herself as a witch (for the 19th time) and her mother has no choice but to ship her only daughter off to Hecate Hall, a boarding school for wayward supernaturals. Not knowing who her father is, she is met with hostility from many of the students. But that is the least of her worries. Students are turning up dead and trying to figure out who is doing this is very important, considering Sophie could be next on the list. Also, a coven of witches want her for their fourth. And these witches you do not want to cross.

One of the suspects is Sophie’s own roommate, Jenna, the resident vampire. Vampires are new to Hecate and are considered beneath the “elite” supernaturals. Also suspected is a group called The Eye of God. Their job is to hunt down and kill supernaturals in order to protect the human world but because supposedly they shouldn’t be able to breach the spell that protects Hecate.

The reader is taken on a very imaginative journey of discovery. Discovery of who Sophie actually is, what The Eye of God are about and the reader discovers that sometimes you need to accept people that may be slightly different than you. The author takes interesting characteristics out of Roman and Egyptian history and weaves them into the plot of Hex Hall.

I couldn’t stop flipping the pages on this one. Even though it seems to be the same old storyline that we have been seeing a lot in the YA genre but I thought the aspects that were thrown in added the extra needed to keep the reader enthralled. Thought it was a very strong first book and I do look forward to the next installment.



Anonymous said...

I wasn't so hot on the ending of Hex Hall, which brought down my rating of the book quite a bit. But I'm loving the series! I can't wait for my copy of the Spell Bound to come!

Jenny Q said...

I liked this one, and I liked the second book even more. Can't wait for the third one!