Published: March 2, 2010
Goodreads Blurb: 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.
Thank you to all those that participated in the “What’s Next” meme and voted for Hex Hall. I loved this book. Sophie is awesomely snarky.
Hex Hall, or Hecate Hall to be formal, is a reform school for witches, shifters, fairies, and a sole vampire. It’s where you go when you screw up.
Sophie doesn’t know much about her father, other than he’s a warlock and her mother has kept her from him. When she has a major spell catastrophe she is forced to head to Hecate Hall. She learns the influence her father holds when she begins her classes. Her chance at making friends is pretty much over as soon as everyone finds out who she is.
Sophie is a pretty strong lead character. She stands up for herself and her friend, Jenna. She does act without thinking which puts her dangerous situations. Of course you also have your mean girls. They are mad when Sophie rejects their offer to join the coven and proceed to making her life hell. I’m not sure how I feel about Archer. He’s an arrogant boy, but I think there may be more to him than what we see.
The plot is easily paced. It’s not rushed, and doesn’t take forever to get to the point. All events lead to the somewhat shocking end. I did not see the threat coming. I had assumptions as to who the culprit of the attacks was, but boy was I wrong.
I’d suggest this book if you are wanting something full of sarcasm. It’s a fairly quick read, and worth every word. I will be reading Demonglass soon so I can see what unfolds next.