Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
Genre: YA Fantasy
Paperback: Hardback 336 pages
Publisher: March 2nd 2010 by Hyperion Book CH
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.
Wow! This book is definitely one of my new favorites (I have so many now, but who cares?!). Hawkins’ has done an amazing job in creating suspense and drama around Hex Hall and all the characters we come in contact with and I cannot wait to see which branch she goes with next. I found myself laughing out loud at some of the lines and love that it was such a quick read. Being a fellow teacher, I love that Hawkins has an obvious knowledge of the language that teens speak. So often, authors try too hard to capture that natural flow, but I believe that Hawkins’ emersion in the classroom aided her in that.
The plot continuously flowed and I never found myself wishing it would hurry along. Sophie is a very believable character as are the others that we encounter. I am still wondering how or which way she is going to go because she did leave us tons of clues as to what could happen next. Sophie is a character that many can relate to because she is such a good friend, loyal and just makes an all-around great witch! Definitely a 5 star book for me!