Hex Hall

Thanks to an unexpected school closure today, I was able to finish my latest read, Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins.  I really enjoyed this book, especially the humor.  The whole time I was reading, I thought the book’s main character resembled a sarcastic, American, teenage girl version of Harry Potter.  That may not make much sense to you, but it will when you read Hex Hall.

Sophie Mercer is a witch who has a few issues controlling her powers.  After a particularly unfortunate incident at her high school prom, she is sent to a reform school for Prodigium (witches, faeries, shifters, etc.).  The school is Hecate Hall, or Hex Hall to all of its students.  And who sent Sophie to this school?  Why, her dad of course!  A man she’s never met and who just so happens to be the head of the Council (a really creative name for the law among the Prodigium).  Since Sophie was raised by her human mother, she, unlike nearly all of her classmates, doesn’t really know what it’s like to be constantly surrounded by magic.  It’s a bit of an adjustment.

Sophie immediately gets off to a rough start at Hex Hall.  She ticks off a sadistic teacher, she’s nearly attacked by a shifter, she makes enemies of the three most powerful witches at school, and her roommate is the only vampire student at the school.  Oh, and a weird ghost is also following her around.  To top all of that off, she has a monster-sized crush on the most unattainable guy at school, Archer (who happens to be dating one of Sophie’s “enemies”).  So, Sophie’s not off to a good start, and things are about to get much worse.

After some mysterious attacks that leave victims nearly drained of blood, fingers begin to point at Sophie’s vamp roommate, Jenna.  But Sophie is not sure that Jenna had anything to do with what’s going on.  How can she prove it?  Who’s really behind the attacks?  It has to be someone she knows, but who?  Could it be that the attacker is close to Sophie and is hiding right under her nose?  (Kind of gave it away there, didn’t I?)  Read Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins to (sort of) uncover the mystery.

I’ll go ahead and tell you that there are going to be at least three books in the Hex Hall series.  The next is Demonglass, and it comes out on March 1, 2011 (just in time for my birthday if any of my two readers are looking to get me a gift).  Rachel Hawkins is currently working on the third book, Triple Hexxx.  For more information on this cool new series, visit http://www.rachel-hawkins.com/.

That’s probably all from me for several days.  I’ll be traveling a bit for the holidays, but I hope to have lots to post when I return home.  Happy Holidays!

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