Title: Hex Hall
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Released: 2nd March, 2010
Reviewed by: Sapphired Dragon
Sapphired Dragon rating : ****
Synopsis ( via Goodreads):
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 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.
I really enjoyed this book, more than I expected to, actually. At first it seemed like every other similar book in its premise in that an outsider goes to a new school where there is your snotty popular girls who always automatically takes a disliking to the main character and the beautiful popular boy (usually dating the snotty popular girl) seems drawn to the main character who almost always has some sort of crush on said beautiful popular boy but is an outcast from the first. However that is where the similarity ends. What follows is a story with enough twists and turns that you are truly surprised by how the story turns out. Hawkins also writes it in such a way that you are following along with the main character to find out what happens and she gives you just enough information to keep you wanting more without giving too much away too early.
The main character of Sophie, at first ( as previously mentioned) seemed a little cliched but she had a humor and sincerity about herself that was engaging and in the end emerged a much more multiple dimensional character than I had been expecting and one, whom I actually cared about what happened next.
Best of all there was a number of different threads going on in this novel, one of which is solved at the end of this particular book while another I think is to be explored further in subsequent books. I liked this along the fact that you couldn’t actually tell which was which until the end.
All in all this was definitely an enjoyable book which I have no qualms about giving four stars