Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Hex Hall

Sophie Mercer is a witch, a teenager who has grown up alongside regular, non-gifted people (including her mother), attempting to hide her powers, trying not to draw attention to herself.  She has moved from town to town after slipping up, but after her most recent spectacular prom-night bungle, she finds herself being enrolled at Hecate Hall, a reform school for Prodigium (other supernaturals like her).

Sophie, despite her powers, feels like a complete outsider.  She has been kept in ignorance about so many things that has no idea how things work, and she almost immediately makes enemies among her classmates.  Social issues fall by the wayside, however, when it becomes clear that one of her classmates was murdered  last year, and then another one is attacked.  Everyone suspects Sophie's roommate, who happens to be a vampire, but Sophie finds it difficult to believe that the one person she's managed to become friends with could be capable of such a thing.

What a promising beginning to a new YA series!  The book combines many of my favorite elements: school stories, supernatural beings, mystery, horror, romance, and a healthy dash of humor.  Sophie is an engaging heroine, feisty and a bit headstrong, and while she does make mistakes, she certainly learns from them.  There is a satisfying conclusion, but there are quite a few plot strands left dangling that make me very much looking forward to the next volume in this series, which is due to be published next year.

Books in the Hex Hall series:
1. Hex Hall (aka Raising Demons)
2. Demonglass (forthcoming 2011) 

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins (Hyperion Books, 2010)


  1. There is an "aka" to the Hex Hall title? I'm confused now. Where did you find that information?

    This was such a sweet and simple romp through paranormal land. I am so eager for the sequel.

  2. Cat - I saw the "aka" on Fantastic Fiction, so maybe it's a UK thing? Although you usually seem to get the UK versions (which makes me envious), so I don't know. I don't like the aka title, though - it gives too much away!

  3. This sounds interesting, is it very fantasy - too fantasy for me?

  4. Virginia Gal - I actually think you'd like this one quite a bit. It's more of a school story with cool magical elements thrown in, catty girls and some romance. You should give it a try!


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