Book: Hex Hall

Rachel Hawkins
Young Adult
Hyperion Book / 2010
Hard Back / 323 Pages
Series 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.

I picked this book up because 2011 Recommended Reads
What I liked the Most? The concept – Harry Potter from an older child’s perspective

What I liked the Least? The characters were really really flat

Review: Well there is no denying this is a YA book. Everything about it screams YA – from the opening gambit (let me help the looser) to the mean girls on campus to the breath-takingly good looking young man to the my teachers hate my guts. Add in Vamps, Weres, Shifters and Fae and voile you’ve got a “masterpiece” on your hands. Please note the sarcastic tone in which that statement was made.

It’s predictable and boring and down right mind numbing – but it is a fast read, good for killing an hour or so while waiting for something more interesting to come along.

Upside - Sophie made me laugh – she is useless, awkward, gawky, goofy, sarcastic but she comes off as real girl. And Jenna teen age lesbian vampire – priceless.

Recommended to: Fans of flat fiction

Best Quote: "Good luck explaining to God that you used to spank one of his heavenly beings."

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