After taking so long to get through Children of Time I wanted a book that wouldn’t be too hard on my brain. One that wouldn’t take too long to read, and one that I would, hopefully, enjoy. Hex Hall was that read – although I didn’t expect to read it in such a short amount of time. But then… I did want a quick read.
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 tag-along 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.
This was such an enjoyable little book. I read it in three sittings, and read the bulk of it today. Sometimes when you come across books that are short, they don’t feel complete, or fleshed out – but this one did. Don’t get me wrong, I would have loved more to it, but I don’t feel as though we were inherently rushed toward the end.
We’re introduced to a world where witches, fairies, shapeshifters and vampires exist. They are just under the radar, and those who are deemed a risk to exposing their magic are ‘sentenced’ to Hecate Hall until they turn 18. Our main character Sophia is one of those sentenced. Sophia is blissfully ignorant of how things work, how even her own magic works – except it doesn’t work very well. She’s a little like Mildred from The Worst Witch, except she has a sense of humour and is quite witty.
There are some typical YA attributes in Hex Hall. A love triangle of sorts between Sophia, Archer and Elodie. Another reviewer on GoodReads mentions how it’s like Mean Girls with witches – not going to lie – I enjoyed even more after reading that as Mean Girls is a pretty awesome film. [Pink Wednesday, anyone?].
Sophia has a Vampire for a roommate. She’s into Hot Pink, and is decidedly not Goth. I liked that her character was a lesbian as well. It’s one of those things that the author didn’t need to include, and nor was it something that was made into a Big Deal. Jenna was the main suspect for the going-ons in Hecate Hall as the victims all have puncture wounds on their necks, and were drained of blood. Of course, she’s Sophia’s best friend, so she couldn’t be the bad guy.
Despite being a quick read there were definitely some twists and turns I didn’t expect to see. Once the first reveal came I thought that was it, and then we’d have some decent summing up. Then, we’re back with Alice, and there was her own reveal. And even then, linked with that was Elodie’s reveal. Aside from Alice, who I had my suspicions about in the beginning, I didn’t expect the other two. In fact, I was thinking that the headmistress was actually going to be the big bad. I thought it was a good finale at least.
This is one of those books that I wouldn’t be surprised if it got made into a TV series or something. I’d definitely give it a watch!
I’m looking forward to reading the second book in the series, hopefully that will be as interesting as this one!
Have a good evening folks,