Thursday, 8 April 2010

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

From Goodreads: 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. Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her friend Jenna is the number one suspect. Meanwhile, Sophie has a more personal shock to grapple with. Not only is her father the head of the prodigium council, he's the most powerful warlock in the world, and Sophie is his heir. 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.

I think it’s safe to say I have been looking forward to reading this for months so I’m please to say it’s good. Really really good!

It’s one of those books that gripped me straight away. I loved the main character Sophie and really enjoyed spending time with her. I found her to be incredibly sweet and funny - someone I could easily imagine myself being friends with. I loved her friendship with Jenna and Archer Cross is just hot! Oh boy oh boy – I feel another obsession coming on!

I love the world created here and how we get to learn about it alongside Sophie. The story was really fast paced and I didn’t find it predictable at all. In fact there were some twists and turns I really didn’t see coming. The ending is somewhat of a cliffhanger, and because of this the book feels like part one of a larger story. This is not necessarily a bad thing – except that I have to wait until next year for book two! Nooooo! There are some loose ends that need tying up and there is definitely scope for plenty more books in the series – and if they are anything like this one they will be outstanding!

I can’t wait for more of this series. It is an amazing debut and I loved Hawkins style of writing. Completely addictive!


7 comments:

Becky said...

I love book obsessions! Woo hoo! How exciting. I so nearly bought this on Tuesday but I restrained myself (I already had bought 5 books). I so wish I had bought it now. Everyone is saying how amazing it is. Great review.

prophecygirl said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed it. Can't wait for the sequel!

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I loved it too! I'm so glad you enjoyed this.

Book Crazy Jenn said...

AHH Yes Addictive! :) Wonderful review...so glad you loved it!

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Cool! This cover is SO The Craft (movie).

Luisa at Chicklish said...

Great review. So happy you enjoyed it!

Jill of The O.W.L. said...

I soooo can't wait til I get to this one!

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