Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Hex Hall 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 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.
This book turned out nothing like I thoughth it would. And before I continue, that is a very good thing. I got this book from my library mainly because a friend of mine kept raving about how good it was. So, I get it, and started reading it, hoping that it would get me out of my reading slump. And, oh, it did get me out of that slump.
Once you read the first page of this book, you will not want to put it down. Sophie has a very good personality and she's a really good narrator. This book mixes history, mystery, and romance all together perfectly in this book.
While you're reading, you think you have things figured out, and then you get to the end, and realize you really don't. I sat there for about five minutes after reading this book, just thinking, oh my gosh, did that REALLY happen?!
The only thing I really have a compliant about is that I felt like some of the minor characters, such as Sophie's roommate and some of the other girls at her school, could've been described more, and made more real, instead of just being there sometimes.
Oh, and my second complaint: Where's book two, 'cause I want it now! Solid A for this one. :)