Book Review: Hex Hall (Hex Hall #1) by Rachel Hawkins

Reviewed by: Siobhán
Format: Hardback
Pages: 336
Published: 2nd March 2010
Publisher: Hyperion
Source: Bought
Genre: YA, Supernatural, Paranormal
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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.
Oh my, Hex Hall, what can I really say about Hex Hall to truly convey my feelings?? It was freaking full of awesomesauce. It was perfection. I don't have a single bad word to say about this witty and clever tale. And why have I only just read it I hear you ask?  Well I have absolutely no idea.

Sophie is a witch but lives with her non-magical mother. After a love spell goes wrong she is sent to Hecate Hall where she embarks on quite an adventure. On her first day she manages to piss off a coven of dark witches, nearly gets attacked by a werewolf and is embarrassed by a warlock when he points that she isn't a very good witch. And as she starts to settle into school life, a teenager is murdered and the suspect is Sophie's only real friend who happens to be a vampire. Not to mention she is falling for Archer (the warlock who call her out on her first) who just happens to be the head of covens boyfriends.

The characters in this book are some of the best characters I have came across in a YA in a long time. Sophie is kickass and hilariously funny and very strong willed. Her best friend Jenny, I love her. She is the only vampire in Hecate and they make a good pair. And come on a vampire that love pinks? Won me over. Now Archer, he is a very intriguing character. I couldn't help but swoon over him. Why he was with Elodie I didn't understand. Elodie is an utter bitch. I want to slap her so hard on more than one occasion but it made for excellent reading.

Hex Hall has a little bit of every thing that I love in a YA read. An action packed storyline, a kickass Heroine, laugh out loud humour and oh yeah, witches, vampires, shape shifters. And a perfect setting, a boarding school, I'm a sucker for story set in boarding schools. And I knew from page one that I was going to enjoy it. I just didn't realise on how much I would enjoy it.

Rachel Hawkins has definitely set the standard on how a YA supernatural book should be like. She gives her Sophie a very unique voice. And has created such a fun and exciting story that any fans of YA will love. I am so glad I have the other book in the trilogy now so I can sit and read them.

Hex Hall Series:
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  1. Oh how I LOVED the Hex Hall series! When I read the final book in the trilogy . . . let's just say it was just so sad because it was all over for me, so I hope you enjoy the rest of the series! Great review!

    1. I still can't believe how good it was. So glad I have the rest and managed to grab the first book in the spin off on netgalley


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