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Dæmonens Hævn: Hex Hall (1) (edition 2011)

by Rachel Hawkins

Series: Hex Hall (1)

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Title:Dæmonens Hævn: Hex Hall (1)
Authors:Rachel Hawkins
Info:Ruds-Vedby : Tellerup, 2011-.
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Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

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This was a fast read, the first in a series I think. Witches, shapeshifters, faeries, vampires and demons all go to reform school...
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  mlake | Apr 28, 2015 |
This was such a fun read! I thoroughly enjoyed it, and the book delivers on everything it promises.

Sophie was a character that I truly treasured - vulnerable, scared and insecure yet always hiding behind flame-sharp sarcasm and wit, even in her dialogues with herself. There were many times while reading a book that I actually laughed out loud.

Sure, there is a kind of "plot-by-numbers" feel and you've probably read the same story a million different times (starting with Harry Potter), and the characters, while pretty much stock (your "cool-but-evil" trinity, your "hot, popular and hates you" crush, your "misfit BFF", even your "strong and sexy ranger-type") but the dialogue is fresh, the writing absolutely sparkles and exploring this well-known plot through the eyes and thoughts of the indomitable Sophie was a blast.

As far as escapism fiction goes it doesn't get much better than this!

Who would like this book: If you're looking for a quick, fun read that's exactly what you expect, only with more fun and theatrics, this is the book for you. If you're looking for something different from or more than the standard New Misfit at Supernatural School (tm) yarn, don't bother. ( )
  Leia-Ann | Apr 27, 2015 |
Nice twist at the end! ( )
  sgcastellini | Feb 6, 2015 |
This book is very enjoyable. It is a little predictable and somewhat unpredictable at the same time. I will explain...I expected that the ghost that is featured towards the mid-end was the paranormal creature that the witch's conjured. I did not, however, expect that little twist at the end with Sophie. Sorry if that explains NOTHING, but I don't want to include any spoilers. The plot moves reasonably fast, I read this book in one sit down. I am very disappointed in Archer but I have a feeling that will be a 'Hearts at Stake' scenario without the vamps...if you get what I am saying.

I LOVE Sophie. She is adorable, so powerful yet so very vulnerable at the exact same time. The epitome of being a teenager. She is sarcastic, witty, dumb, and loyal. I love that in a character. I want to see what happens next; I want to know what's up with the grounds keeper (he is after all only 19?) and that whole turning 13 with Sophie...GOTTA KNOW who that involves. We shall see I guess. ( )
  mojo09226 | Nov 21, 2014 |
"The Craft" meets [b:Evernight|2722413|Evernight (Evernight, #1)|Claudia Gray|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1306376600s/2722413.jpg|2748013]. Despite the fast pace and entertaining story that Evernight comparison is worrying me. I don't want future books to revolve around star-crossed lovers I don't give a hoot about.

Sophie is sent to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for faeries, shapeshifters and witches, after Sophie uses her magic to perform a love spell gone awry for a friend, risking exposure which could attract various dangerous hunters of the supernatural. Raised by a human mother, her only supernatural contact is her warlock father whom she's never met bar a few phone calls. She's completely in the dark about who she is, her abilities, her father and his family history. Bombshells are dropped on her at the worst possible moments, leaving her vulnerable to manipulation and bullying. She copes admirably with the help of her headteacher, roommate Jenna (the only student vampire) and Archer, the resident mean girl's boyfriend.

Said mean girl, Elodie, is the leader of her coven of three and they need a fourth, a position Sophie can't turn down fast enough after their dark display of power and general racist, elitist and bitchy behaviour. It screams The Craft with Elodie as Nancy.

From the very beginning I knew Archer would play a big role in this book but as a love interest he wasn't someone I saw Sophie with but I was glad her crush on him wasn't merely based on looks and insta-love and instead deepened, as they became friends after being forced to spend a lot of time together chatting and trading snarky jibes as part of their playful flirting.

However, when Archer mentions that every witch's parents arranges a betrothal to a good match for their child at age 12 and we meet Cal, his Freudian slip about becoming a groundskeeper at the school to protect "you" and then quickly rushes to clarify that "you" meant all students, had me assuming him as her prospective fiance. After that I was looking for Cal-time. The small amount we get wasn't nearly enough for my liking though I did perceive him to be more mature, stable and kind of adorable. His hunky lumberjack look doesn't hurt either. I'm hoping he gets the page time he deserves in future. Archer is good friend material whereas Cal, I see him as someone more important. I hope Sophie sees that one day soon.

We left Archer with tears in his eyes as he escaped without attacking Sophie. I'm assuming he's being manipulated somehow. His family is either being held hostage or he's being forced to play on the wrong side -something like that. And this is why I'm worried about the comparison to [b:Evernight|2722413|Evernight (Evernight, #1)|Claudia Gray|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1306376600s/2722413.jpg|2748013]. I don't want Sophie endeavoring, risking her life, to save him. Neither do I want her pining and waiting for them to be together again. Sophie has thus far impressed me with her intelligence and snark, she's a practical girl trying to do the sensible thing, I don't want her to lose that because of some rebellious boy in a tricky situation.

I enjoyed the humour and fast pace. The plot was a good one. It was an easy read. My only other concern was the rushed ending. At least, it felt rushed to me. I needed more, to see it, the aftermath of the climax and the reactions of everyone around Sophie. I didn't like the showstopping last line either -a decision made in the heat of the moment without any detail about what that would entail. It's a hook to get you to read the next book, one that probably would've worked on me if not for my [b:Evernight|2722413|Evernight (Evernight, #1)|Claudia Gray|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1306376600s/2722413.jpg|2748013] worries.

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Sophie to her mother:
"Good luck explaining to God that you used to spank one of his heavenly beings.

'It's one thing to be different around people who you're really, well, different from. It's a whole other problem to be an outcast in a group of outcasts.'

Archer to Sophie:
"I'll get Elodie and her friends to lay off you, okay? And seriously, try to give her another chance. I swear she has hidden depths."
Without thinking, I shot back, "I said spare me the gory details."
For a second I'm not sure I even realized what I'd just said. And then it sank in and I damned my sarcastic mouth strain to hell. Face on fire, I glanced over at Archer.
He was staring at me in shock.
And then he burst out laughing.

'There was a sensible part of m somewhere that clutched its pearls and hissed that I better not give up my V-card in a cellar, but when Archer's hands slid under my shirt and onto the skin of my back, I started thinking a cellar was as good a place as any.' ( )
  Cynical_Ames | Sep 23, 2014 |
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My mother says I must not pass

Too near the glass;

She is afraid that I will see

A little witch that looks like me;

With a red mouth to whisper low,

The very thing I should not know.

~Sarah Morgan Bryant Pitt
For Mama and Daddy

For John and Will

For everything...
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When Sophie Mercer turned thirteen, she 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 Hecate Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward prodigium, a.k.a. witches, fae, 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, tag-along ghost; and a new roommate, who happens to be the most-hated person and only vampire on campus. Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her friend Jenna is the number one suspect. Meanwhile, Sophie has a more personal shock to grapple with. Not only is her father the head of the prodigium council, he's the most powerful warlock in the world, and Sophie is his heir. 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.
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When Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, she is exiled to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.

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