Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

Publisher: Hyperion
Age: Young Adult
Species: Witch, Demon, Vampire, Shapeshifter, Faeiries, Human
Rating: 4/5
Interest: Spunky Teen Witch

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.
I can't believe how much I loved this book! I might mow people down to get Demonglass on its release day. :)

When I read the description, I admit I thought the plot would be corny with a predictable ending. I was absolutely thrilled to find out that it was not only "uncorny" it became so suspenseful I had to read it in one sitting! Demons, attacks, bitchy witchy rivalry and assassins there's so much to get caught up in that I barely noticed the pages turning.

I think what sets Hex Hall apart from other paranormal YA is the humor. Most Teen books focus so hard on throwing emotion around and complaining about drowning in adult situations that it's tiring. Grow-up and focus on solving the problem or find someone who can. Sophie is fun and dynamic. She realizes she's a little silly and goes with it, sarcasm is her main defense and she uses it well. Yet when the time comes for seriousness she makes herself handle the problem (except for a few freak-outs.) I love this girl! The emotional vampire roommate... not so much. She had a purpose, but all of her moaning and groaning kind of turned me off of her.

There is a main love interest named Archer Cross who is a whole sexy can of worms better opened in the book. There's also a hot older groundskeeper named Cal. He's barely in the book, has almost zero chance of getting with Sophie at all but damn I want that man. Otherwise there aren't really any males mentioned except her father and a rude boy.

I wish I could say more about this awesome novel, but it might spoil the mystery. ;) Go, borrow it, rent it or buy it. It's completely worth it!

Teaser Lines: "Good luck explaining to God that you used to spank one of his heavenly beings."
Mom gave a startled laugh. "Sophie!"
"What? You did. I hope you like hot weather, Mom, that's all I'm saying."

Series Order:
1. Hex Hall
2. Demonglass
3. Untitled

 Happy Reading,

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