Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

Book Jacket

On her 12th birthday, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch.  Three bumpy years later, after a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, she's exiled to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.

By the end of her first day, 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.  Then when a mysterious predator begins attacking students, and Sophie's only friend is the number-one suspect, a horrifying plot begins to surface.  Soon, Sophie is preparing for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her.


I was completely unimpressed by Hex Hall.  Although there was some snappy dialogue (which I love), the plot and the twists and the characters all felt like retreads of stories I've read dozens of times.  As such, the reveals and secret identities failed to shock me, and I never got invested in the characters to the point of caring what happened to them.

Sophie is a likeable enough character, but she never caught my empathy.  Jenna the ostracized pink-loving vampire could have been aweome, but again, I never fully cared.  And don't get me started on Archer, the boy who was determined to embody every male book-character stereotype ever.

2 out of 5 horrifying holograms.

Release Date: March 2010
Reading Level: Grade 9+
Where In Dunlap Public Library's Collection: YPL HAW

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