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Hex Hall (A Hex Hall Novel, 1) Hardcover – March 2, 2010
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By the end of her first day, Sophie has three new enemies, a futile crush on a warlock, a tagalong ghost, and a vampire roommate. Worse, Sophie soon learns that an unknown predator has been attacking students. As a series of blood-curdling mysteries converges, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her.
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If Meyer's Twilight series embodies the romantic supernatural, Hawkins' debut novel exemplifies the supernatural spoof. Sixteen-year-old Sophie Mercer, whose absentee father is a warlock, discovered both her heritage and her powers at age 13. While at her school prom, Sophie happens upon a miserable girl sobbing in the bathroom and tries to perform a love spell to help her out. It misfires, and Sophie finds herself at Hecate (aka Hex) Hall, a boarding school for delinquent Prodigium (witches, warlocks, faeries, shape-shifters, and the occasional vampire). What makes this fast-paced romp work is Hawkins' wry humor and sharp eye for teen dynamics, especially between the popular and the misfit crowds. Sophie is a multidimensional character, both likable and believably flawed. Secondary characters lack her depth, but their more broadly drawn portraits are in keeping with narrator Sophie's impressions of her teachers and classmates. Many clever touches (vampire Lord Byron teaches literature), spot-on depictions of classic teen situations (crushing on the queen bee's boyfriend), and an ending that leaves you hanging will have readers grabbing for the sequel. Booklist"
- Publisher : Hyperion Books; 1st edition (March 2, 2010)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 323 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1423121309
- ISBN-13 : 978-1423121305
- Reading age : 18 years and up
- Lexile measure : 790L
- Grade level : 9 and up
- Item Weight : 1.09 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #696,250 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Now she's been sentenced to Hecate Hall, also known as Hex Hall, a last chance reform school for magical beings that have defied the Council. Her classmates are witches, weres, faeries ... and her roommate is a vampire.
And here Sophie thought her last high school was hell. At least there, you didn't run the risk of literally meeting a demon.
Hex Hall is a fun, laugh-out-loud read, with plenty of action, some mystery, and a teeny bit of drama thrown in. I immediately fell in love with the main character, Sophie. She's so sassy and real - I swear, she has some of the wittiest lines in the entire book. Who wouldn't love a girl who screams 'Bad dog!' at an attacking werewolf? And that's just one of my favorites - seriously, the entire first chapter detailing how Sophie wrecks prom is a GEM. I can't even quote it, because I wouldn't want to ruin the humor by pulling lines out of context, but let me tell you that it is absolutely hilarious.
I also love that I didn't see some of the twists and turns coming in the story. I read so much that many times I can vaguely predict where the story is going - not so with Hex Hall. I adore being surprised by writers, and Rachel Hawkins did a fantastic job of adding in plenty of surprises. There were two huge plot twists I didn't see coming ... and I'm not all that sure I'm thrilled with how the romance turned out. Mostly, I'm still confused and in a little shock: much like Sophie.
I would heartily recommend this book to fans of paranormal fantasy, the young adult genre, or to anyone who likes a little snark in their heroines. Or a lot of snark, as this case my be.
I don't have much in the way of disclaimers, except there is a vampire, so there's some mention of blood and death.
Oh, and I'm pretty sure you can get an eBook copy for $2.99 until Halloween. Go grab one! Here are the links for kindle and nook.
If I could sum up this book in 3 words it would … so much fun!
I’m a bit late to the party where this series is concerned but better late than never. I snagged this audio book and was sucked in pretty quickly. I was looking for a light read in between some serious stuff and this hit the spot! Was it a mind blowing life altering experience…no. It was still a decent ride.
I have encountered this issue now a few times. I don’t like the narrator of my audio-book. It is a similar plight when the casting director chooses someone who you think looks nothing like what the lead of your book to movie adaption should. This is a me problem but, a problem none the less. The narrator was trying to come off as young and snarky and it sounded forced. While it didn’t ruin the book, it did throw me off a bit. I’m starting to realize audio-books can be a double edged sword.
Anyhoo, this is the typical girl finds out she is a witch in her younger years, makes a monumental mess of something in school or hometown and is sent away to a “special school” for well, Witches along with Fae, Werewolves, Shape-shifters, Warlocks, and a few Vamps.
This isn’t your typical Hogwarts since the “kids” sent to Hecate Hall (Hex Hall) aren’t accepted with a magical letter from a flying owl. They are sent there since they have proven that they can’t control themselves or their magic in public which makes them a danger to all Prodigium. Prodigium being another word for Fae, Witch, Shapeshifter, etc. There are rules that must be followed so Hex Hall helps these students hone their craft while they learn to protect themselves from hunters. There is some really fun dialogue which kept the mood light. However, Sophie wasn’t my favorite person. The term that comes to mind is wet blanket. The history Mrs. Hawkins created was my favorite part. she did a great job of camouflaging the information throughout the plot. The pacing was also quick and entertaining. Sophie does turn out to be quite the bad ass though so hopefully I will end up more impressed with her in future books. I also must find out how that bombshell at the end turns out. All in all I will continue this series, I’m just not in a rush to do so. After all…
I would have rated this five stars, but towards the end things took a very, very dark turn, and it disturbed me. The rest of the series probably pivots on this revelation, so I don't know if I will read the rest of the series . . . I probably will, but I"ll wait a while. Anyway, I think we should reward someone who does an ORIGINAL take like this! This is really about the power of women as much as it is about "magic" or "paranormal events." You could read some of it as an allegory. (But then most good books can be.)
If you enjoyed this, try DULCINEA or APRIL, MAYBE JUNE, which are not nearly as dark but are also original takes on girls with unusual power.
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Sophie even caught the eye of the school hottie - Archer Cross - within the first few minutes of arriving. If that's not immediate chemistry, then I don't know what is! The story followed Sophie through her settling into her room with her new vampire roommate, Jenna. Then, all of a sudden, students start getting attacked. From then on, the reader is left trying to guess who - or rather, what - attacked those girls.
There are a couple of surprise moments thrown in, as well as a couple of twists that also left me shocked!
The pacing was pretty average throughout the book. Whilst it was fast, I wasn't made to feel that the plot was leading up to anything huge. I was left wondering if anything was going to happen, and if it was, when exactly things would kick off!
Before I start with Sophie, I just wanted to say that I absolutely loved reading about all of the Prodigium that were at the school. Hawkins described each different type of Prodigium (isn't it easier just to say "creature"?) in such a magical way, I just kept wanting to read more about them to see if there was anything else to discover.
Now for Sophie Mercer... I did like her character a lot. She was humorous, stubborn, and a great friend - even at the hardest of times. She dealt with moving away from her mum and in with a vampire and an assortment of other "creatures" very well, and it showed how strong she really was. However, what I didn't like about her was the way she spoke. I know that may sound silly, but the dialogue just did not seem up to par with her character.
The love interest - the dashing Archer Cross - was a wonderful addition to the cast. He was extremely witty, which you know I love, and while he's no Jace Wayland he's certainly way up there.
Jenna, the new roommate, was a darling. I loved how the author included Jenna's struggles in with the story as well. She really was a treasure to read about!
The writing style was incredible. It was descriptive and not dialogue heavy. It drew me in straight from the prologue!
I think that if you enjoy reading about magic, witches, wizards warlocks, vampires, werewolves, shape shifters and demons - then you're definitely going to want to buy this book! It's a must have for your bookshelf! Make sure you read it before Demonglass[Image] (Book Two) comes out in March!
Sophie is a witch but lives with her non-magical mother. After a love spell goes wrong she is sent to Hecate Hall where she embarks on quite an adventure. On her first day she manages to piss off a coven of dark witches, nearly gets attacked by a werewolf and is embarrassed by a warlock when he points that she isn't a very good witch. And as she starts to settle into school life, a teenager is murdered and the suspect is Sophie's only real friend who happens to be a vampire. Not to mention she is falling for Archer (the warlock who call her out on her first) who just happens to be the head of covens boyfriends.
The characters in this book are some of the best characters I have came across in a YA in a long time. Sophie is kickass and hilariously funny and very strong willed. Her best friend Jenny, I love her. She is the only vampire in Hecate and they make a good pair. And come on a vampire that love pinks? Won me over. Now Archer, he is a very intriguing character. I couldn't help but swoon over him. Why he was with Elodie I didn't understand. Elodie is an utter bitch. I want to slap her so hard on more than one occasion but it made for excellent reading.
Hex Hall has a little bit of every thing that I love in a YA read. An action packed storyline, a kickass Heroine, laugh out loud humour and oh yeah, witches, vampires, shape shifters. And a perfect setting, a boarding school, I'm a sucker for story set in boarding schools. And I knew from page one that I was going to enjoy it. I just didn't realise on how much I would enjoy it.
Rachel Hawkins has definitely set the standard on how a YA supernatural book should be like. She gives her Sophie a very unique voice. And has created such a fun and exciting story that any fans of YA will love. I am so glad I have the other book in the trilogy now so I can sit and read them.
Sophie is a witch with terrible amount f power and after making a love spell for a girl in her school that goes drastically wrong and nearly reveals her true nature to the talentless humans she is shipped off to Hecate Hall aka Hex Hall. She befriends a vampire, a ghost and a warlock and eventually another witch.
As with most teen novels this first book holds a slight romantic connection which im sure in the next few books will end up being a triangle/ everybody wants Sophie. However in this one the story focus is on who killed the witches and why is it set up to look like the vampire did it?
After a long wait and finally getting this book it was worth the read and I will probably read the next one too.
Sophie Mercer is only sixteen when she discovers that she is a witch. Whilst trying to help someone out she performs a love spell with dire consequences. As a punishment Sophie is sent to Hecate Hall; known as 'Hex Hall' by the pupils, it is a reform school for Prodigium; which can include witches, shapeshifters, faeries and warlocks. Sophie's first day does not go well, she quickly makes enemies of the three most beautiful and popular girls in school. She has a crush in a warlock who happens to be with one of the 'mean girls'. To top it all off, Sophie's roomate Jenna is the only vampire allowed at Hex Hall making her the freakiest and most disliked of them all. As if this isn't enough, awful events start taking place at the school; students are being attacked and all fingers are pointing at Jenna. Sophie wants to protect her new best friend but it is hard for her to know who to trust in this strange new world she has been thrust into.
I loved Hex Hall, Rachel Hawkins starts the action immediately and she does not let up until the very end. I did not see the twist at the end coming which is great as you feel as though you are experiencing everything a and when Sophie does. Rachel Hawkins has created some weird and wonderful characters but if you strip away all the magic and special powers then you are left with a group of teenagers trying to discover who and what is important to them. Sophie is new to this world and there is so much she needs to know. She has to decide whether she would rather fit in with the popular pupils or stand up for those who are most important to her.
Hex Hall was such a good read and I really hope that there are more to come as they would make a great series.
Rachel Hawkins does a fantastic job of bringing her incredibly likeable characters to life, and even makes you feel sorry for those not-so likeable ones. After all, it's not their fault they're the bitchy clique on campus, hell-bent on making Sophie's life a living nightmare. Every school has girls like Elodie, Anna and Chaston, and if you've seen Mean Girls, you'll know what I'm talking about!
Witch Sophie and vampire Jenna are a great duo, and I loved getting to be part of their lives at Hecate 'Hex' Hall, a big old school for witches, shapeshifters and faeries. They get to meet different types of people, make new friends and live with others who understand exactly what their life is like. Everything should run smoothly, right? Wrong!
As if it's not enough to be a teenager and different, they're also being hunted by several different organisations, all of which are out for blood. Add to that a strange ghost in a green dress, several student casualties, and a crush on the resident warlock hottie, and things for Sophie get very complicated. On the subject of Mr. Warlock, AKA. Archer Cross [insert *swoon* here], I'm going to have to own up and admit that he completely hooked me. He's a no-nonsense bad boy who can raise one eyebrow -- by the first frown, I was a goner.
Hawkins has a brilliant story on her hands here, not to mention a selection of characters to envy and a setting reminiscent of Harry Potter. Hex Hall will appeal to so many readers, I can't even begin to list them, or I'll be here all day. It's a debut novel with style and attitude, and I was sad when I finished it. Lucky for me, there's a sequel on the way, so let's all form an orderly queue!