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.
This book was everything I expected because it was a fun and enjoyable read, with the hint of something darker always on the horizon. It left me smiling frequently particularly at Sophie’s character but there were a few gasps thrown in here and there when Rachel Hawkins threw a twist that I didn’t expect. The second you get comfortable with the school drama and classic bitchiness from the “mean girls”, something happens or some revelation comes to light.
The characters were just as good, and not the one-sided people I expected (I don’t even understand where I got these presumptions from but someone had me believe they would be pretty simple). Sophie who’s the main protagonist is easy to relate to because who hasn’t been the new girl, and it makes her easy friendship with vampire friend Jenna believable. You understand where she comes from as she sticks up for her friend, even knowing the alienation that would follow. She’s also a complete goon but be honest, it’s inside all of us, and it was nice to see it come out in a book character and see that they’re not all the perfect idols you dream of becoming, and they’re actually, well real.
The other characters were just as interesting and you have to get over face value because this book truly teaches you not to judge a book by its cover (and I mean the characters not the actual book; just clarifying). It leaves you wishing that
hot warlocks paranormal creatures/people were
real (sorry for bursting anyone’s bubbles there) and there was a school you
could go with the fancy prom and midnight coven meetings.
This book is for anyone who missed their letter to Hogwarts and needs a hit of supernatural boarding school.
“Once a boy has slammed his kneecap into your rib cage, I think any romantic feeling should naturally go the way of the ghost.”
“Oh my God. Regret cake? Whatever was about to happen must be truly evil.”
“Welcome to The Twilight Zone!”
The “Holy-crap-that’s-a-lot-of-pink” Zone would have been a more accurate description.”
“So I have a destiny, I said. “Crap.”