Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

Hardcover: 336 pages

Publisher: Hyperion Book (March 2, 2010)

One lousy love spell gets Sophie Mercer sentenced to two years at Hecate Hall (A.K.A Hex Hall,) a reformatory school for witches and other magical beings.  Along the way she meets the trinity(some seriously vain witches who insist she must join their coven,) and bunks with Jenna, the only vampire on campus, who is rumored to have killed her last roommate. There’s also Archer Cross who is destined to have every girl fall for him, and yes, even Sophie is not immune.

Throughout the book she feels tons of teenage angst but not in a whiny can’t handle it sort of way. She fears being the outcast amongst outcasts, and having a lot of catching up to do to be on par with her classmates. She gets some secret training from Alice who turns out to be her dead grandmother’s ghost.

Lately, I’ve been reading books that take days to read, and this was just a pleasant snack. The book flew relatively fast, no three page descriptions of everyday items and complicated plot structure. Don’t get me wrong it wasn’t easy to figure out what was going to happen, but it wasn’t frustrating either. Sophie is delightfully witty and sarcastic, and not frustratingly perfect.

I picked up this book, because I heard it was like Harry Potter. Of course, the only thing similar was that it’s about witches in a boarding school. That’s it. It was more like The Craft than anything.  Also there have been a lot of comparisons with Claudia Gray’s Evernight series, but I mean if you liked Evernight than you’ll like this. If you like sudden wind blowing and rippling hair all around and pictures rattling and lights flickering…oh and levitation. Then Hex Hall is for you.

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