Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Series Review: Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

Hex Hall (Hex Hall #1)
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Publisher:  Hyperion, 323 pages
Publication Date:  March 2, 2010



From Goodreads:
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.




Review (no spoilers for any of the books):
This series was so much fun to read!  Sophie, the main character, is hilarious and so snarky. Just loved her to pieces. 

“Archer isn't hot anymore.... He tried to kill me, and his girlfriend is Satan.”

"Why had my life suddenly become a Nancy Drew mystery from hell?"

“I don't know what I was expecting a vampire's room to look like. Maybe lots of black, a bunch of books by Camus... oh, and a sensitive portrait of the only human the vamp ever loved, who had no doubt died of something beautiful and tragic, thus dooming the vamp to an eternity of moping and sighing dramatically. What can I say? I read a lot of books.”


Fast-paced plot, an amazing vampire best friend ("I'm not gonna lie: it was pretty scary at times. I was sure they were bringing in Buffy at any moment to give me the ol' stake and shake."), and Archer, a swoony guy who she's friends with first.  I loved that they got to know each other, actually having long conversations. I also loved their banter and the fact that they called each other by their last names.  I could go on and on about their relationship.  I have to say, one of my favorites.  

Not to mention that there are parents who play an important role, and the secondary characters are memorable. I laughed so many times, gasped in surprise and shock, and had tears in my eyes at certain points. Loved this series!

Posted by:  Pam

14 comments:

  1. This was a great series! I really enjoyed it and thought it was so fun and cute. Loved the characters. I also enjoyed the first book in the spin off series, School Spirits.

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    1. The characters were the best part, I think. I need to check out the spin off series, although I loved binge reading this one so maybe I should wait until at least the next one is out! ~Pam

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  2. That series sounds awesome! And I love the covers!

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    1. It was fun to read, I really enjoyed it. ~Pam

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  3. I've never heard of this series, but it sounds super cute! I love the whole paranormal boarding school aspect. I might have to check this one out!

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    1. It had so much humor in it, although a lot of bad things happened. I enjoyed Sophie's snark. ~Pam

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  4. I was a bit disappointed in School Spirits but I did enjoy the first two in this series it was so fun! I need to get around to finishing the last book.

    Ashley @ The Quiet Concert

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    1. Yes, you do need to read the last one! Too bad about School Spirits. I'll probably end up reading it at some time. ~Pam

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  5. I forgot how great the Hex Hall series is! I love that vampire room quote. But to Ashley's point, I was disappointed in School Spirits too. It didn't hold the same humor or interest IMO. But I saw Rachel Hawkin's charm in Rebel Belle again. She's a great author.

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    1. Too bad School Spirits was disappointing, but I really enjoyed Rebel Belle and there were definitely similarities with the main characters (funny, snarky, etc.). That's why I ended up reading the Hex Hall series was because I liked Rebel Belle so much. ~Pam

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  6. I've been meaning to read this series for forever. I recently read Rebel Belle by her, and while I enjoyed it, it wasn't my favorite. I've always heard great things about this series, though, so I will give it a try sometime. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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    1. You should definitely try it, I loved it! ~Pam

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  7. I've seen this series around a lot but never seen any reviews. This has made me really want to go and hunt down all of the books and get started. This sounds like the kind of fun read I need right now! :)

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    1. It's such a fun series, you should definitely read it! ~Pam

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