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Hex Hall (Book 1) by Rachel Hawkins

Hex Hall (Book 1) (edition 2010)

by Rachel Hawkins

Series: Hex Hall (1)

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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.
Title:Hex Hall (Book 1)
Authors:Rachel Hawkins
Info:Hyperion Book CH (2010), Edition: Complete Numbers Starting with 1, 1st Ed, Hardcover, 336 pages
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Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

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Often while reading this I had to consciously slow myself down because I found myself tearing through it much too rapidly. Hex Hall is an easy, enjoyable read for me. Overall nothing really shocked me, a few surprises (such as Sophie's roommate Jenna, her father's role and certain character motivations), but nothing that made me go 'How did I miss that?'. For anyone who is currently reading young adult books with a boarding school and para-normalcy tied together a lot of the plot points will seem familiar. Shades of Claudia Grey's Evernight, Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy and even Rachel Cain's Morganville books come to mind immediately. This isn't to say that Hawkins shirked on the world-building; its more that the entire subgenre of paranormal YA's has exhausted the boarding school aspect.

Sophie was, despite her sullen attitude at first, an intriguing character to read about. She performs minor mischievous magicks that finally get her sent to Hecate Hall (better known as Hex Hall) until she turns eighteen (in two years) and hopefully learns some control over her reckless magic use. This, like much of the up-front plotlines of the book, isn't the complete truth however. Interestingly, Sophie's mother is completely human while her father is the warlock; however Sophie is raised as a human in human surroundings. She moves constantly, but she's happy enough with the life and is upset to find out she's being shipped to Hecate Hall.

A lot of the book is steeped in generations old mysteries, secrets and dark things. As I mentioned, everything that is directly said can be more or less not taken at its word. A lot of the reasoning seems to be to 'protect' Sophie, or her classmates. The whole adult mentality 'if they know too much it may corrupt them' seems to be the plan. Sophie unravels many of the mysteries herself, but some of them are shoved at her and she's forced to deal with them.

I liked Hex Hall itself. There's a spell cast, that is explained about halfway through the novel, that gives it a kind of interesting turn. The school's furniture represents the student's view of how they feel currently. It kind of raises issues of whether its actually physically changed, or just visually, but its a cool spell. This is also the second book I've read that has made a certain brooding poet from the 19th century into a vampire. Oh fun times.

Sophie was given much of the development, but the others weren't left hanging. Mostly their backstories came in spurts and sometimes (like Archer's, or Elodie's) just seemed to be there, to explain them a bit more, but didn't blend with the rest of the story as well. Sophie's great-grandmother's story was very revealing about how a tale can get twisted as things get re-told and her room mate Jenna's I wanted to know a bit more about.

I'm looking forward to the second novel, Demonglass due out in March of 2011. And point in fact, I like the UK cover moreso than the US one. ( )
  lexilewords | Dec 28, 2023 |
A fairly breezy read, with predictable plot points and "twists," the apparently-now-mandatory lesbian character, profanity (including the names of God and Christ misused), sexual references and a make-out scene, and - in the audiobook format - truly awful attempts at Southern accents.

There's also a disturbing origin story where God and Satan are presented as equals, more or less, and there's a group of angels that rise above their feud, "refusing to take sides," and they become supernatural creatures like fairies, witches, werewolves, etc. The idea that they know better than God is distinctly heretical. ( )
  RachelRachelRachel | Nov 21, 2023 |
I did it again, I touched young adult.
It's just very typically ya with all its flaws.
All the unbelievable supernatural school bs that I have read before dozens of times.
I didn't make it far enough to tell if the world or the magic have interesting or unique quirks.
I dropped on the first incredibly laughable evil witch trio setup about the tattoos. I couldn't even force myself to read on to see how it plays out.
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  omission | Oct 19, 2023 |
Many eons ago in my high school/teens years, I used to read J-14 magazine. That magazine was my lifeline to society - celebrity gossip, posters of the Jonas Brothers, and book recommendations! During those formative years, I remember seeing endless advertisements for Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins and I never truly forgot about this book... Fast forward to my mid-twenties! I'm at a local charity book sale and I see THE BOOK! The book was right there within my reach! I picked it up, put it on my book shelf and forgot about it... until recently when I cleaned my house and donated many books so I had room on my shelves.

I am SO glad I finally picked this book up. This was another one of those books that gets me hooked instantly and falling in love with some teenie bopper characters. Throw in fantasy, typical YA "I can save the world"-esque plots and magic and you've got me hooked!

This book is funny, super sweet and sometimes sassy. It's absolutely the first book in the series and it leaves off with one of those dreaded cliffhangers that makes me want to read the next book ASAP.

We follow Sophia (she goes by Sophie) in this adventure filled novel after she performed a love spell a little too well. She gets sent off to Hecate, Hex Hall, and the rest is history! Sophie gets roomed with Jenna the vampire, she holds classes with some 'Mean Girl' clique-y girls and might be falling for the school's bad boy. She's the daughter of a powerful warlock, everyone seems to hold that against her and she's got some wild family history behind her. Yes, this sounds like the typical YA plot but it's written so wonderfully that I didn't even care! Rachel opens this world and makes me feel like I was apart of the journey. I felt for Sophie and Jenna, I ogled after Archer and I absolutely HATED Elodie. Hey, I was a teenage girl once. I remember the mean girls ruining all of the fun.

My favourite part of this book is all of the sassy one liners thrown around. Sarcasm is the way I live my life, so I loved that this book is full of it! Sophie, Jenna and Archer are absolutely hilarious. I also adored the side characters, the Groundskeeper being my favourite.

My least favourite? STUPID CLIFFHANGERS. I hate them and I truly believe that a book should be able to stand on it's own. I hate when I'm left off feeling cheated at the ending. Yes, I know Rachel wants us to read the next book in the series but I don't like when I'm left feeling like I HAVE to read the next book - I WANT to.

Overall, this book is a real gem! I'm glad I finally found it. Back in my teenage years I didn't have the funds (I mean, I'm a college student...I still don't, but I know how to bargain hunt now!), so it's awesome that I found a book I've been dreaming of! I still remember that ad page distinctly...

Five out of five stars! ( )
  Briars_Reviews | Aug 4, 2023 |
I was not sure how i would like the book. Previous revious said it is a mix of Harry Potter (huge fan here) and 'Mean Girls". I have found the book very entertaining and easy read. The characters, some likable some a bit scary,are at times very easy to look through. The author spent an adequate amount on descriptions and did not linger around unnecessary descriptive and boring findings. I am going to purchase Book 2 and book 3 in the series and will monitor the author for more entertaining reads. ( )
  Ivy_Skye | Apr 5, 2023 |
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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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Felicia Miller was crying in the bathroom. Again.
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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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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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