Book Review: Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

RATING: StarStarStarStar

Genre: Young Adult > Paranormal | Fantasy

(Hex Hall #1)

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.


Hex Hall is such a fun read! The story is somewhat unique once the twist was thrown in. Never mind the pop culture references or the shallowness of a boarding school (some of it, anyway). I really enjoyed my time reading this. =)

Sophie is very entertaining to read. She’s sassy, defiant, and downright sarcastic. Archer (man, i love that name) is my typical bad boy: arrogant and confident. It was refreshing to see how Hawkins build their relationship. You all know i am not a fan of love-at-first-sight stuff, right? So the gradual change of Sophie’s and Archer’s relationship from being frenemies to friends to what-am-i-to-him-? was so fun. And whatever happened to cellars being so scary? That cellar scene was hot!

The legend on how the Prodigium started was intriguing. There’s a lot of magic that’s wasted on petty quarrels so i didn’t like that. But when the time came for Sophie to be a dark witch (or whatever she was), she pulled if off flawlessly. Hello, there’s no hesitancy when she killed the demon. Very nice!

Hex Hall is exactly the light read i was in the mood for. The romance was okay, but the paranormal part was not bad, either. Try this out while i go on to read it’s sequel, Demonglass. =)



.: maria :.

“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”

2 thoughts on “Book Review: Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

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