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Hex Hall Book One
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5.0
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5.0
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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 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.



Very rarely do I find a YA paranormal with humor, romance and a fast-paced plot that keeps me reading from the moment I open the first page until the very last sentence.

Ladies and Gents, we have a winner in Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins. A Really Big Winner.

Sophie Mercer is sentenced & sent & to Hecate Hall after a rather unfortunate incident at her schools prom. It wasnt Sophies fault Kevin Bridges drove his Land Rover into the gym, Well, not exactly. Okay. It was.

But being exiled to Hecate, or Hex Hall as its unofficially referred to by the inmates & students & is the worst kind of punishment. Sophies used to being the only freak in the room, but at Hex Hall is full of them, from dark witches to the fey to vampires. Not to mention the werewolves. Sophie is accosted by one before shes been on campus for five minutes, and is saved by Archer Cross a strange guy whos not that hot who asks her if shes a witch and then has the nerve to suggest that in the future she could endeavor to not suck so badly at it.

Obviously, Archer Cross is the love interest. I mean, I know Id crush on him immediately. And I did. As a reader. Not in real life, you know. He is fictional.

Hex Hall gets better and better as the story progresses. Hawkins wit laces every page as she leads the reader down a twisty plot path to a satisfying end. Its incredibly fresh to read a paranormal YA thats both frightening and hilarious be prepared to consume it from cover to cover in one sitting.

[As an aside, I dont suggest reading with liquid in your mouth unless youre interested in spewing it at the pages (or shooting it out of your nose) when you laugh out loud.]

I expect most HEX-ellent things from Hex Hall, and I cant wait for more from the witty and talented Rachel Hawkins.

Highest of Most High Recommendations

Five of Five Stars
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