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.
Hex Hall was an imaginative look at a familiar world. Almost every review I've read speaks to the story's likability. It was charming, humorous, suspenseful and surprising. Sophie's sarcasm and wit had me frequently chuckling out loud. She is also sweet, caring and a good friend, even to those who aren't good to her. But the best thing about this book was the plot twists and the *gasp* "I didn't see that coming" moments. I thought the author did a great job of keeping me entertained and flipping the pages....but, I was conflicted, which leads me to....
I felt like the language was excessive. There was only one "major" cuss word, but there were over 50 "minor" cuss words and religious exclamations. I found it distracting and I thought it made Sophie seem less intelligent. As did her immediate attraction/lust for Archer. I don't like it when girls fall for guys who treat them badly or insult them. Somehow, "You had me at 'You really suck at being a witch!"' doesn't really work for me. Archer goes back and forth from being rude and insulting, to being sweet and "knightly." Like the latter should make up for the former. Not to mention that he's dating Elodie, who is completely evil and malicious to Sophie. What is attractive about that? You might make the argument that Archer could possibly have an ulterior motive for dating Elodie, and for treating Sophie the way he did, but Sophie doesn't know that (and we don't find out, either). The whole time I kept thinking, "Come on, Sophie! Get some self-respect!" This is something that I'm seeing more and more in YA and it's not a quality I would like to see instilled in young girls.
So, overall, I'd say that Hex Hall is a fun read and a great storyline, with some serious character flaws....oh, and one major cliffhanger!
I liked it!!
- Sexual Content: Moderate
- Profanity: Moderate/Heavy
- Violence: Moderate
If you'd like more details about the content, go to Hex Hall on Parental Book Reviews.