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.
©2010 Rachel Hawkins (P)2012 Tantor
"The story is well paced and plotted with tween-friendly humor and well-developed characters." (Publishers Weekly)
Yes, I enjoyed it. I love YA and who wouldn't love a YA book with a supernatural magic school?
The least interesting aspect of the book was the fact that it had a familiar feel about it. The misunderstood teenage girl with her even more misunderstood best friend face off with the three mean girls....we've all seen this story played out one too many times. But I think that involving magic and the twist that gets thrown in there really help spice up this novel. And I think that there is enough originality in it to keep you interested.
No, but I really liked her performance.
Great narrator with good voice change for characters. An easy listen story with some good twists and humor. Somewhat predictable, but that was to be expected. Overall a very good listen!
I ended up enjoying 'Hex Hall' more than I thought I would. I went into it knowing it was Young Adult, yet interested in the concept - I'm glad I gave it a chance.
First, the bad. It's a Young Adult novel, and a little too pat for my tastes. The main character is special in many ways, and it started to feel a bit like a Mary Sue character. She's the most powerful witch of her generation, yet she doesn't know how to use her power. She's the daughter of the leader of the magical world, yet she has never met him. She's one of only four dark witches in the school, so the other witches need her in their coven. She's assigned as a roommate the one student at school who stands out from everyone else. She ends up getting detention with the hottest boy in school that she has a crush on. Detention, might I add, that consists of being locked in a room with him, alone, with the teachers not caring if they actually do the work assigned to them as detention. All of this made me annoyed with the book.
Now, the good news. Several of the points that annoyed me in the list above get explained in the book, so by the end of it, I ended up forgiving the author. In addition, the book's plot wasn't nearly as simple as I had expected it to be, and didn't go in the directions I expected. I was pleasantly surprised that all the clues were in place for me to figure it out, yet I didn't - and that things I expected to happen in a Young Adult book often did happen, but then transformed in a way I didn't expect. All in all, the writing was solid - plots that made sense within the world, characters that were likeable and had motivations and stories of their own, and a fast pace that didn't leave you time to get bored.
I enjoyed the narrator and her slight drawl; she was a pleasure to listen to, and helped the characters come alive.
I've put the next book in the series on my wishlist.
I get unreasonably attached to fictional characters
Maybe - it's not a super complicated book, but it was a lot of fun to listen to.
The setting - a boarding school for naughty supernaturals.
If I ever read the book, I would still hear Dukehart's voice in my head as Sophie.
I may have snickered silently to myself a few times - a bit too fluffy for anything more.
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The narrator. Terrible accents and a slight laugh in her voice which was totally inappropriate. And seriously, who uses the same southern drawl each way no matter if you are happy, angry, sad, etc? Those require different inflections, meter, timbre. Ms. Dukehart was not capable. Sorry.
The Paranormalcy books. I loved those. Funny, serious moments, a heroine in need of accepting her destiny, etc.
Amanda Ronconi, Eileen Stevens, Sarah Drew? All much better choices.
I am amazed that even though the narrator drove me crazy, I was able to listen, laugh, and decided to purchase the 2nd book! I love the story, the characters, Sophie. That's how great the story is. I love the humor!
The story is a lot of fun with a variety of characters with a variety of abilities. The story builds as you go along so there is no chance of getting bored.
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