Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

Book Journey traveled to:  England

Coffee intro to England

336 Pages

Cover:  I like it, but after I read the book I think the UK cover is a better reflection of the book

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 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.

The United Kingdom Hex Hall Cover

This is the book that started popping up – almost magically on book blogs everywhere. I saw it – I liked what I seen – I wanted to read it!

Hex Hall was the fix I was hoping it would be.  The first in the Hex Hall series and the first book from author Rachel Hawkins, I was more than satisfied.

Rachel Hawkins doesn’t only stick with the all too familiar other world creatures we have come to expect (werewolves and vampires, witches and warlocks)…. we get more and I loved thinking of faeries with their onion skinned translucent wings , and shapeshifters who change with their moods.

With all the usual things you deal with in a school setting you have the popular girls, the coveted boy (enter the all too cute Archer), the rebellious outsider, and of course the teachers that cause a total class synchronized eye roll.

Main character and newest addition to Hex Hall, Sophie is a delight to read.  She is funny and snarky and I for one am anxious for the next book in this series to grace my reading room.  This is a good and mostly clean read (there is one mention of teenage sex in the book) that I really enjoyed.

My Amazon Rating

I purchased my copy of this book from Amazon


39 thoughts on “Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

  1. This sounds better than the usual in this genre. I know, I sound like I’m putting down that whole scene, but it really isn’t something I enjoy.

    This one might be different. Good review.

  2. It’s probably a good thing I’m reading this review today and not yesterday before I made a run for Borders. I would have had to walk out with it and as it was, I had more than I ‘needed’ when I left. I’ll be adding this one to my wish list though! Looks and sounds great! If I must say so though, I like the UK cover better! 🙂

    On another note, sorry I haven’t been around much. Whole family has had some kind of horrible upper respiratory stuff. I have it now. You won a copy of Start Here on my blog (haven’t announced it yet, but 3 entries and I had 3 books) so I’ll get it to you in the mail soon.

    Take care!

    1. Hi Julie – I have been running like crazy too and feel havnt been out on the blogesphere like I normally am either. Life. 🙂

      I agree – I like the UK cover better too. It is a more mature cover. I know on Amazon it says for ages 9-12 but I am thinking older from the topics and therefore the UK cover suits it better.

  3. This sounds good. My poor TBR pile is getting really bad, lol. I need to quite visiting my Bloggy friends, nah that is not going to happen. I love this kind of genre and this sounds good. Thanks for reviewing it.
    Bobbie

  4. Julie H.

    This has been on my radar for a while as well! So glad it sounds pretty good, I can’t wait to read it.

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  6. I’ve been seeing this one all over the place as well! Have it on my wishlist, but haven’t gotten to it yet. Some day! 🙂

    Have a safe trip home!

  7. I still have Little Bee waiting patiently for me. Hold Still looks really good. I need to remember to come back and tell you how many sites I visit. 🙂 Happy reading and safe travels.

  8. I’m looking forward to your Little Bee review. It is so popular….but wasn’t my favorite.

    Also, I have all of the Fablehavens (he is a local author), but haven’t read them yet. Looking forward to your review on that as well!

    Happy reading everyone! Here’s mine:
    Bibliobabe’s Reads

    1. HI Rachelle – my little bee review is up – linked to the Monday what are you reading post. Check it out…. I agree – I liked it but I did not love it.

  9. Some really interesting reads both here and on the other blogs this week. I love this meme by the way. Thank you for hosting it. I have visited over 10 but not quite 20, will try to visit a few more later this afternoon.

    Have a great week!!
    dollycas

  10. I don’t think I realized this book was the first in a series…now I may have to wait to read it. But I really can’t wait, it sounds so good and your review was great! Thanks so much, another nudge toward picking this one up!

  11. I’m the same – I’ve seen this book everywhere and heard such great things about it. But, gah, I just can’t fit it in right now. Your review has left me trying to find extra time in my reading schedule, lol.

  12. I just finished this book. It was a little predictable and cliched, but it was a fun read. I think it’s going to turn into a great series and I can’t wait for the second book to come out!

  13. librarypat

    I’ll have to find this one. I’ll put it on the list for the library, too.
    The US cover is so much better than the UK cover. It gives a whole different feel and meaning to the book.

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