Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Genre: Young Adult - Paranormal
Synopsis: 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.

Rating: 4.5 stars

Review: On a previous post, I mentioned that I was getting tired of the whole Paranormal YA genre because I felt like some of the aspects of it are too overdone, but Hex Hall definitely made the said genre fresh again. At least, for me. It reminded me a lot of two good things; Mean Girls and the Harry Potter series. It had the same style almost; very funny, smart, witty, and very entertaining. But I loved the fact that it is its own story, and is not copying anything else or trying to be something it isn't. Having said that, as a whole, I thought the story was very original, unpredictable, and fresh. Definitely fun, and fast-paced. It is an entertaining page-turner, lead by a very likable main character and narrator. So to end this review, I give it 4.5 stars and highly recommend it to Paranormal YA readers.


  1. I was supposed to read this, but then got overwhelmed by other books *sigh* I plan on getting around to it though since I have heard it's such a wonderful read :)

  2. A friend recently told me the same thing about this one being good and fresh. Great review.

  3. This looks great. Thanks for the recommendation.

  4. Sounds like a good one! Great review ;)