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 tag-along 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.

  

Do you ever read a book that you enjoy so much that you just think to yourself, “I must read other things by this author!”?  And then you go on to pick up other stories written by the writer, and you find yourself disappointed? Well, unfortunately, that is exactly what happened.

The story, even though I don’t mind a bit of cheesiness, is extremely clichéd and kind of shallow. The book had such a promising plot idea and it could’ve been explored to great depths, but it all just felt very unrealistic (the story can’t be exactly be realistic since it’s about supernatural creatures, but I mean the characters’ actions felt off).

But, it was not entirely bad. One thing I enjoyed was the humor, constantly present in the scenes, and although the plot was lacking, the dialogue was filled with witty humor and sarcastic remarks; two things that are bound to keep the reader readin’ through overly cheesy scenes. Sophie, the main character, is awkward and funny, and even though she tends to do some pretty petty things, she’s very loyal.

While reading the book, it came to my attention that Sophie gets excused from class a lot. And I mean a lot. Almost to a point where I started thinking Mrs. Casnoff, the headmistress, would be a decent match to Dumbledore, who cancelled the final exams every year (I keep bursting into giggles whenever I think about this).

And guess what? There is a huge plot twist towards the end of the story, and I had to put down the book and just stare at the wall for a couple of confused moments, which pretty much can be classified as the highlight of the entire plot. And it might as well be the only reason I’m going to read the next book in the series.

The plot twist and the ending gained the author a few extra points, but not a lot. But thinking about it now, Rachel Hawkins improved so, so much since she wrote Hex Hall, and the development can definitely be seen in Rebel Belle. It’s always great to see writers improving with each of their books.

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