- Publisher: SIMON & SCHUSTER CHILDREN'S
- Format: Paperback | 336 pages
- Dimensions: 130mm x 198mm x 22mm | 242g
- Publication date: 1 April 2010
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 1847387225
- ISBN 13: 9781847387226
- Sales rank: 70,873
In the wake of a love spell gone horribly wrong, Sophie Mercer, a sixteen-year-old witch, is shipped off to Hecate Hall, a boarding school for witches, shapeshifters and faeries. The traumas of mortal high school are nothing compared to the goings on at "Freak High." It's bad enough that she has to deal with a trio of mean girls led by the glamorous Elodie, but it's even worse when she begins to fall for Elodie's gorgeous boyfriend, Archer Cross, and frankly terrifying that the trio are an extremely powerful coven of dark witches. But when Sophie begins to learn the disturbing truth about her father, she is forced to face demons both metaphorical and real, and come to terms with her own growing power as a witch.
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Rachel Hawkins is a 28-year-old former teacher who left teaching to take a chance and get serious about finishing that book she'd always wanted to write. Her first book, DEMONGLASS, was the result of that leap of faith. She's a graduate of Auburn University in Alabama and lives with her husband and three-year-old son. She's currently working on the sequel to DEMONGLASS.
By Gabby 20 Oct 2011
Where do I even start with this book? When, I try to put this book in words I find I have trouble because I don't know where to start. I just loved this book; This book was just exciting and you wondering in the first chapter of this book. I just could not put this book down.
There were parts in this book that I was like "woah, I cannot believe what just happened!" To me I have no negative thoughts towards this book. I especially loved Jenna. Even though she was a vampire she had this attitude that just I liked. I also, I was curious with the character Archer throughout this book. I don't even know how to put him into words.
The main character, Sophie was defiantly with no doubt (I am sure if you read this book you will like her to) my favorite character. She was very nice, wonderful friend, and even though she scared sometimes most of the time she stood up for herself.
The author, Rachel Hawkins, did an excellent job to me and when sophie (& Jenna to me)were sad, happy, or confused you were right there with them.
Written by Gabby
You can find this review on my blog.
By Aik 21 Aug 2010
Hex Hall is really enjoyable! I liked the opening because the writing is humourous and witty. However, it did not have the 'wow' factor that makes me deeply captivated. I knew from the prologue that Sophie is a kind-hearted person, but she's a little too helpful. Maybe that's the thing that distinguishes her from other people who are too busy to care for others.
Sophie Mercer is a lovable character. She is the sort of friend you'd want to have. She is caring, kind and supportive towards Jenna, her roommate even though Jenna is a vampire and an outcast. She believes in Jenna's innocence when a series of mysterious attacks occur. Archer Cross is the most popular boy in Hex Hall. He is in a relationship with the ever-so-annoying Elodie, a powerful black witch who is both gorgeous and famous. He is quite intriguing, from the way he avoids mentioning his family while doing cellar duty with Sophie. He is also quite charming at times, even though he might be sarcastic at times. I d ...more Hex Hall is really enjoyable! I liked the opening because the writing is humourous and witty. However, it did not have the 'wow' factor that makes me deeply captivated. I knew from the prologue that Sophie is a kind-hearted person, but she's a little too helpful. Maybe that's the thing that distinguishes her from other people who are too busy to care for others.
Sophie Mercer is a lovable character. She is the sort of friend you'd want to have. She is caring, kind and supportive towards Jenna, her roommate even though Jenna is a vampire and an outcast. She believes in Jenna's innocence when a series of mysterious attacks occur. Archer Cross is the most popular boy in Hex Hall. He is in a relationship with the ever-so-annoying Elodie, a powerful black witch who is both gorgeous and famous. He is quite intriguing, from the way he avoids mentioning his family while doing cellar duty with Sophie. He is also quite charming at times, even though he might be sarcastic at times. I don't like Elodie. That's because she is just nasty and unbelievably irritating. I like Jenna the vampire's character, because she is so different from what we have in mind about a vampire's liking. Almost everything in her territory is pink. Hot pink, in fact. What a cool girl!
The story is mostly set in Hecate 'Hex' Hall, where Sophie is sent to after her love spell goes very wrong. The plot is kind of plain, but in a nice way. It goes on smoothly, just as I had expected. Sophie eventually falls in love for the boy, Archer Cross, who saved her earlier when a werewolf tried to attack her. I'm very impressed with the ending, though. It really took me by surprise and I'll gladly say that's my favourite part of the story. I never questioned Sophie's real identity.
Overall, Hex Hall is a quick read, and it sure is interesting, funny and addicting. Sophie is a great character, but as all humans (she's half-human), she also has flaws and I sometimes laugh at her mistakes. I look forward to reading the sequel and keep following Sophie on her next journey!
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By Amanda-Lee (StoryWings) 28 Apr 2010
When I first opened Hex Hall I felt Harry Potter, by the middle I felt Evernight and by the end I felt something so spell bindingly interesting that it could only be unique.
Hex Hall is a magical school for delinquents. Not all Prodigium (magical beings) go there, only the ones that place the magical world in danger of exposure, like a fairy flying to catch the school bus, a werewolf losing control and eating someone or in Sophie's case, a love spell that caused her school formal to come to a crashing halt.
Sophie is a unique character, she knows some of what she can do, and practises! But she has not reached her full potential just yet. Sophie is quite normal for being a witch; she doesn't always have a snappy comeback and usually thinks of them after the fight is over. She gets scared like normal people do but can toughen up when the time comes.
The secondary characters weren't too fleshed out in Hex Hall but it didn't take away from the story, the coven was a nice touch, Sophie wasn't trying to be part of the bitchyness that came with who the coven were, no matter how many times they asked her to join, she continued to refuse. Watching the cat-fights between Sophie and Jenna and the Coven was interesting, and some of the pranks, although dangerous were quite unique.
I loved how Hawkins took the time to give the history of witch hunts and of the Prodigium without making it boring, I devoured the history parts.
The romance though, I'm not so sure. Archer Cross was described as "slender, almost to the point of skinny" and "strange guy who was not that hot". I couldn't understand how Sophie had a sudden flare up of emotion for him after being adamant about the not liking him factor, I mean, he's not even hot...
I devoured Hex Hall just because it was completely enchanting. Hawkins draws you into her world of mis-matched tables and psychotic gym teachers and won't let go until she gives you the final curve ball at the end, which I did not see coming at all.
Hex Hall would have been an awesome stand-alone book as it didn't stick to normal YA clichés and didn't leave you with an airy-fairy feeling at the end, but one that makes you think long and hard about possible repercussions of one's actions and people actually getting their come-uppance in the end.
I originally thought Hex Hall was a stand-alone, and with the ending (cliffhangerish) it left a lot of room for thought, but then I found out that there was a second book in what is supposed to be a trilogy. So we might get some whacked HEA after all.
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