Thursday, 9 May 2013
Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
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.
Going into this book, I had no idea what to expect. I'd had a lot of comments on my videos telling me to read it, but for some reason I couldn't stop thinking about how cliché and typical it was going to be. But after reading the first hundred pages, I knew I had been completely wrong.
Rachel Hawkins has a writing style that is both effortless and hilarious, and at times I often found myself laughing at something she had written. The effortless style made the book easy to whizz through, and I found the book hard to put down.
The plot was also a lot more crazy than I though it would be. There's always more than one thing going on at a time, so if one plot slacks, the other picks up, and the different story lines kept the pace of the book up right until the end.
Getting to know the world that Rachel Hawkins had created was also really enjoyable. Although I had come across all of the paranormal creatures in the story before, I liked the author's take on them and how vampires were kind of social outcasts in the school. At Hex Hall they're not learning magic but rather learning to control it and hide it from the world, which was interesting as I've never seen that done before. Although there wasn't too much magic in the book, the stuff that we did see was awesome, and I'm excited for more in book two.
The thing that really made the book for me was the characters. I absolutely loved the main character Sophie; she was hilariously sarcastic all the time, and her comments on everything really lifted the plot up for me. I also liked Jenna, her best friend, and how there was a slight mystery surrounding her until the end of the book. Even the three enemies, Chaston, Anna and Elodie were enjoyable to read about, and I was really shocked by what happened to them in the end; it felt like the author wasn't afraid to hold back on throwing shocking points into the story, which I really liked.
Archer Cross, the love interest, was also amazing, and I though that Sophie bounced off him really well; they were both witty and sarcastic and it made for a lot of hilarious banter throughout the book. The only small criticism that I have is that there could have been slightly more development between them before certain things took place, but in this case, it didn't really bother me too much.
Overall, an amazing, fun read. Definitely read it! 4/5 stars.
Posted by Astrid at 23:44