Thursday, March 18, 2010

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

Genre: YA Fantasy

Publication Date: March 2010

One Word Review: Quick-n-fun

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First Line: “Felicia Miller was crying in the bathroom.”

Synopsis: When Sophie Mercer turned thirteen, she 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 Hecate Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward prodigium, a.k.a. witches, fae, 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, tag-along ghost; and a new roommate, who happens to be the most-hated person and only vampire on campus. -GoodReads

Kathy’s Review: Hmm, so I ended up not liking this one as much as I hoped. It still ended with enough cliffhangers that I’m definitely curious to pick up the second book. For some reason though, it didn’t grab me and maybe that’s because it reminded me so much of The Summoning, Vampire Academy and of course Harry Potter. While it has a lot of similarities to these books, it does stand on its own. There were a few twists here and there and I did like Sophie’s character. The writing was well done, although there were a few cliffhanger chapter endings and when the next chapter would start it would pick up somewhere else, so that was sometimes a letdown. There were a couple storylines that I didn’t care for, but overall it was an enjoyable read and I did appreciate all the magic (sometimes “magic” books are a little light on the magic) and I think if you’re into magic/fantasy stories then you’ll probably enjoy the book.
Bookworm Rating: 3.4

Reading Order:
Book One: Hex Hall
Book Two: (March 2011)
Book Three:


  1. I like the cover. It sounds like something I might enjoy, but further down the road. Thanks for the review.

  2. I have liked most of Rachel Hawthorne books. I think I am still going to read this one. I am intersted to see if you and I are on the same page with this as we are with so many other books. Hugs...

  3. Deb-this was actually written by Rachel "Hawkins" not Rachel "Hawthorne". =) You might still enjoy it, I'll have to email you about some of the things I didn't like.


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