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.
Hex Hall (Hex Hall #1) by Rachel Hawkins
Hardcover , 323 pages
Published March, 2010 by Hyperion Books
This book was so good, that i got mad with myself for not picking it up earlier. Even more that i got the ebook instead the physical copy. I'm totally buying the hardback version!
From the first pages, the book became instantly one of my favorites. It has magic, a boarding school, shapeshifters, dark witches, hot guys, creepy ghosts, cool school lessons, action, death,mystery, cliques! It's like a cooler hogwarts XD But the best part ever, was how the writer made the characters ordinary. Using and acting like we all do. How she used phrases or made connections with movies, like we all do in certain points of my life ( ex. when Sophie gets a personal teacher uses a quote "so you are like my Mr.Miyiagi" -Karate Kid reference). I know that me and my friends do that a lot, so it felt exactly like i have a friend next to me. It bring me closer.
I also liked how the author also, was "laughing" at her own work (ex. when Sophie learns the name of the council which is "The Council", commenting how unoriginal name is like i know i would have done).
As for the story is quite new. I can't say i made connections with other books, no matter how it had elements we've seen mane times before. It was interesting until the last page, and when i finished i got the 2nd book immediately.
As for the love story part, i liked how even there is a very small triangle (mostly at the next book though) Sophie knew what she wants. She was a girl who wasn't afraid to make mistakes, and then say sorry. She wasn't stupid, and she gave other people 2nd chances or making conclusions easily.
You should totally read the book! It's a must in YA for me. I didn't expect it to like it that much!
Sophie Mercer thought she was a witch.
That was the whole reason she was sent to Hex Hall, a reform school for delinquent Prodigium (aka witches, shapeshifters, and fairies). But that was before she discovered the family secret, and that her hot crush, Archer Cross, is an agent for The Eye, a group bent on wiping Prodigium off the face of the earth.
Turns out, Sophie’s a demon, one of only two in the world—the other being her father. What’s worse, she has powers that threaten the lives of everyone she loves. Which is precisely why Sophie decides she must go to London for the Removal, a dangerous procedure that will destroy her powers.
But once Sophie arrives she makes a shocking discovery. Her new friends? They’re demons too. Meaning someone is raising them in secret with creepy plans to use their powers, and probably not for good. Meanwhile, The Eye is set on hunting Sophie down, and they’re using Archer to do it. But it’s not like she has feelings for him anymore. Does she?
Demonglass (Hex Hall #2) by Rachel Hawkins
Hardcover, 359 pages
Published at March, 2011 by Hyperion Books
REVIEW( include spoilers):
As i said at the Hex Hall review, i got the book at the next day i finished the 1st one.
Demonglass get us away from the school, some months after everything that happened in Hex Hall. Sophie, leaves with her father for the summer while he tries to convince her to not go throw the removal for her powers.
In this book Sophie learns more about herself and mostly sees the consequences of her actions so far and as the story goes on. She also learns to listen some more, and ask for help and not keep dangerous secrets. As a demon now, she is really afraid of her powers but her dad make her see, that to be a demon doesn't mean you are a monster too, if you learn to control what it's inside you. And i think this is one of her biggest problems. Still she is doesn't miss the chance to make cool comment about everything ^^
The story goes on with more dark magic, action and secrets from where you didn't expect it. I really missed the school atmosphere but i got a better picture of the magic world so it didn't bother me much. It also ends with a huge cliffhanger, while 4 out of 5 from the main characters are one step before death or missing (a small war just start).
Unfortunately, i need to wait a whole year til the next book. Oh well...i will just re-read them til then XD
Read also the review of Read Me,Bookmark Me,Love Me: Hex Hall & Demonglass