Monday, 15 March 2010

Review: Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins


Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Format: Paperback
Released: April 1st, 2010
Grade rating: A


Amazon summary:

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.

Review:

I've been looking forward to Hex Hall for months, ever since I first heard about it. I don't know why, but I just had a feeling it would be good. And wow, is it good!

Rachel Hawkins does a fantastic job of bringing her incredibly likeable characters to life, and even makes you feel sorry for those not-so likeable ones. After all, it's not their fault they're the bitchy clique on campus, hell-bent on making Sophie's life a living nightmare. Every school has girls like Elodie, Anna and Chaston, and if you've seen Mean Girls, you'll know what I'm talking about!

Witch Sophie and vampire Jenna are a great duo, and I loved getting to be part of their lives at Hecate 'Hex' Hall, a big old school for witches, shapeshifters and faeries. They get to meet different types of people, make new friends and live with others who understand exactly what their life is like. Everything should run smoothly, right? Wrong!

As if it's not enough to be a teenager and different, they're also being hunted by several different organisations, all of which are out for blood. Add to that a strange ghost in a green dress, several student casualties, and a crush on the resident warlock hottie, and things for Sophie get very complicated. On the subject of Mr. Warlock, AKA. Archer Cross [insert *swoon* here], I'm going to have to own up and admit that he completely hooked me. He's a no-nonsense bad boy who can raise one eyebrow -- by the first frown, I was a goner.

Hawkins has a brilliant story on her hands here, not to mention a selection of characters to envy and a setting reminiscent of Harry Potter. Hex Hall will appeal to so many readers, I can't even begin to list them, or I'll be here all day. It's a debut novel with style and attitude, and I was sad when I finished it. Lucky for me, there's a sequel on the way, so let's all form an orderly queue!

25 comments:

Luisa at Chicklish said...

Oh, wonderful review, and what a recommendation! Brilliant to hear how much you enjoyed it.

Kate Evangelista said...

I liked the review. Might buy the book when I come across it. :-)

Ladybug said...

Hex Hall sounds like an excellent debut novel. I would love to read it one day! Thank you for the lovely review!

I Want To Read That said...

Yay! So glad you enjoyed it - I've been looking forward to it for months too:)

Miss Remmers said...

What a great review! I bought this book yesterday and I'm SO excited to read it!!

Book Crazy Jenn said...

I agree with everything you said Hex Hall is an amazing read! Great review!

Rhiana said...

Great review... I can't wait to read it!

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

Fantastic review! I can tell you loved it. I'm really looking forward to reading this (and loving the sound of Mr Warlock!)

Becky said...

Great review. I really want to read this even though I am dubious about the mean girls aspect of the book. Definitely got to get myself a copy of this. Sounds like you're hooked!

Cat said...

I'm just finishing up my review of this book today! (Had it half written last night). I thought it was such a fun read.

Fantastic Book Review said...

Great Review Jenny! I enjoyed this book too! Congrats on 600 Followers!

Maria the Bookworm said...

Wonderful review :) I'll be reading this asap :)

Sasha said...

I'm really looking forward to reading this. It's calling my name from my shelf!! Great review :)

Lea (YA Book Queen) said...

Fantastic review! Ooh, I'm so looking forward to getting this one now!! :D

Sab H. said...

Oh wow! I cannot wait! ;D

YA Vampire Books said...

Great review! I might have to pick this one up, everyone's raving about it!

LovesSam said...

I agree with everything you said!! Fabulous review and Archer *swoon* hot or what?! *raises on eyebrow* bwahaha

Lauren said...

This sounds so awesome! I'm really excited that you liked it because I just have that feeling about it too. I seriously can't wait to read it.

Leah said...

Fab review. I can't wait until this publishes, I already have it on pre-order!

Bookworm said...

I LOVED this one! It blew away my expectations--it was fabulously dark, creepy, and well-written! (:

Shweta said...

Don't make want to read the book so badly with such great reviews :) Now I need to order this book , right away :) *logging on to amazon*

Just Your Typical Book Blog said...

I've been curious about this one, and now I'm convinced to buy it! Great review :)

Sarah said...

Great review - I really enjoyed Hex Hall! I've included a link to your post in my review :o)

boring as hell with a side of fries said...

loved it sooooo much. a little to much like the second harry potter book with the preying on students idea but the demon twist at the end..... i ate it up.

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