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Friday, August 19, 2011

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

Anyone watched Charmed when it was on tv? Or in reruns now, or on dvd? I loved Charmed (still watch it on dvd sometimes) and that was why I think I was drawn to the Hex Hall series in the first place. Check out the summary from Goodreads and you can see why: 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.

Cool, huh?

What I liked: 1) This book was pure entertainment! How else to describe it...there was so much humor in it that it was just a fun, light read. It's not so angst-riddled as so many YA books seem to be these days. At least the ones that find their way onto my bookshelves. 2) Sophie was a great character, one of those characters that I'd like to be friends with in real life. She was funny, personable, and had real (well...semi-real) problems that people can relate to. And her snark was great. 3) Archer. I'm pretty sure that any guy named Archer is automatically going to be hot. And quite possibly bad news (my favorite kind!)4) I absolutely love the cover of this book, and the other Hex Hall books as well. 5) Jenna - the pink loving vampire. Pink. Love. Vampire. Yep. Be prepared. She's awesome. 5) The biggest enjoyment I got out of this book was that it put me in a good mood. Not that I was in a bad mood to begin with, but when I finished it, I felt like I'd just been on a fun field trip, or seen a really great movie. High marks from me.

What I didn't like: 1) It was a tad predictable. 2) Where are all the grown-ups? 3) The mystery of the story is almost overshadowed by the humor.

Overall thoughts: If you want something light and fun with the added bonus of magic thrown in, this is the book for you. There is some mystery and suspense, but like I said, it's overshadowed by the comedy of Sophie and her antics. But I really loved the book, so much so that when I finished it, I immediately picked up Demonglass. And now I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of Spell Bound, book 3 of this awesome series.

My rating: 5 shots


  1. I am such a Charmed nerd - I loved that show!

  2. I just finished it too...Too funny...loved the book..now for demon glass to come out in pb so i can afford it..lol

  3. I really liked Hex Hall, but I haven't had a chance to read the sequel. Great review!

  4. Great review! I have this one on my TBR pile and cannot wait to get to it! Reading lots of positive reviews lately!!

  5. I named my daughter sophia after sophie did i tell you that? i think i did lol old age is killing the brain cells

  6. Glad you liked this one! I really enjoyed it, too - in fact, I haven't come across anyone who didn't! It was a tad predictable but it was fun and sometimes it's nice to read a book that's just pure entertainment on every page.

  7. OOOhhh I love Charmed. Thanks for a great review, will have to read this one. Thanks.

  8. I love Charmed, too. I have Hex Hall, but I just need to find some time to read it.

  9. I loved Hex Hall! Really glad you liked it, and I definitely agree about Archer - the name itself is just hot! Great review :).

  10. I dont know what was wrong with me why I didnt read it when I had it. Arrgh i will go back to the library and borrow it again. thanks for dropping by my page Courtney.


  11. I think it's funny when books forget the adults, too. I've heard a lot about this book. Great review. And agreed- Archer is a hot name that drips with a flavor of "bad boy."

  12. I used to watch Charmed before Shannon Doherty left. I didn't really care about the actor change, but I just kinda fell out of it...I uses to be a part of a few Charmed rpgs too lol!

    I LOVED HEX HALL and DEMONGLASS is even better!

    I'm not sure if I said this already, but I just started following you today. I can see I'm going to love your blog - we have a lot of the same tastes!

    The Musings of ALMYBNENR


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