By Rachel Hawkins
Book 1 in Hex Hall Series
“Jenna shook her head. “Let’s just say you may regret that second piece of cake.” Oh my God. Regret cake? Whatever was about to happen must be truly evil.”
Summary: Sophie is definitely a witch but sometimes her powers get her into a little bit of trouble. For example, she tried to do a simple love spell and ruined prom. So it’s not really a surprise to her to find that she’s being shipped to Hectate (Hex) Hall, a school for troubled Prodigium (witches, vampires, fearies, shapeshifters, etc). By the end of the first day she’s made enemies with a powerful coven, been attacked by a werewolf, stalked by creepy ghosts and is now roommates with a vampire rumoured to have killed her last roommate. Needless to say, things are about to get a little crazy at Hex Hall.
Review: I loved Hex Hall! It was witty and charming, had a lot of action and suspense, great characters and a steamy romance. What’s not to love? The book is well paced and there is a certain amount of fluidity to Hawkins writing. Sophie is a hilarious character whose wit and sarcasm had me actually laughing out loud. Her awkwardness and frankness will make her an instantly likable character to readers. The book is a lot fun and I liked the lightness in which the supernatural elements are addressed. A great start to a series and I can’t wait for the second book.
This is Rachel Hawkins debut novel
If you liked Hex Hall you might also enjoy: Once a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough, Jinx by Meg Cabot, A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
Additional Info: The second book in the series Demonglass is set to be released March 1 2011
Author website: http://readingwritingrachel.blogspot.com/
Rating: W4/4 C4/4 P3.5/4 O2.5/4 PP3.5/4 CR3.5/4
Grade Level Interest: JS