Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins {Kelly’s Review}

Posted 27 May, 2013 by Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal / 8 Comments

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins {Kelly’s Review}Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
Series: Hex Hall #1
Also in this series: Demonglass, Spell Bound
Genres: Action & Adventure, Adolescence, Fantasy & Magic, Social Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 336

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.

A whole lot of magical shenanigans!

My Thoughts on Hex Hall

I liked this book. But… I think a lot of the issues that Sophie faced only came up because everybody and her mother were keeping secrets from her. Why did she have to have her father’s occupation dropped on her from the resident bitch? Why wasn’t this discussed with her AS SOON AS SHE CAME TO THE SCHOOL since all the teachers knew who he was and how this would translate to her being there? It was almost like a sick game of “let’s not tell Sophie anything and see what shenanigans she gets into because she’s been raised outside of the Prodigium way of life”. I don’t think it’s a big surprise that secret keeping of this magnitude makes me a little rage-y. That said, I still stand by my original statement: I liked this book.

Why is that?

Bottom line, I was entertained. There were times that I wanted to give everyone a good shake and tell them to get over themselves and there’s a pretty BIG thing that’s revealed at the end that makes me question … arrgh. I can’t talk about that. It would be all spoilery. Let’s just say that I don’t agree with some of the things that Sophie feels for some of her classmates and move along, shall we?


I want to read book 2 now. I want to know how things are going to play out with Sophie and Jenna and Archer. I want to know how the reveal of Sophie’s [spoilery thing that I won’t talk about] will affect things down the line.

Man, it’s hard to write a review when one of the big things you want to talk about is a massive spoiler.

You know what? It was fun. I enjoyed the book. I see a lot of potential for growth in Sophie and I don’t for one minute believe that some of the things that came to light are what they seem. Hidden mysteries and all that. THINGS ARE NOT WHAT THEY SEEM.

Okay, I’m done with my crazed eyes for a bit.

Bring on book 2. I’m ready.

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Filed under: ESR: 8, Paranormal, Review: Kelly, YA,


8 Responses to “Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins {Kelly’s Review}”

  1. Goodness! You made me want to read book 2 right away! I like how you express your thoughts in your review. HONEST! And with impact too. Hope you’ll get to read book 2 soon! :)

  2. So… I read this book a while back. And I remember enjoying it a lot. BUT I HAVE NO MEMORY OF ANYTHING ABOUT IT! I just finished with the first book in her spin-off series, School Spirits, but am really wanting to read Hex Hall (and the rest of the series) again. I feel like it was full of good stuff!

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