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Hex Hall: Hex Hall Series, Book 1 | [Rachel Hawkins]

Hex Hall: Hex Hall Series, Book 1

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"The story is well paced and plotted with tween-friendly humor and well-developed characters." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Tabitha WV, United States 07-21-12
    Tabitha WV, United States 07-21-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Start!"
    What other book might you compare Hex Hall: Hex Hall Series, Book 1 to and why?

    It reminded me a good bit of Lauren Kate's "Fallen." They both feature reform schools and students with supernatural tendencies.


    What about Cris Dukehart’s performance did you like?

    Her voice seemed to fit the main character really well.


    Any additional comments?

    Hex Hall was a pretty interesting first book. There were a few surprising twists in it which is something I always appreciate. Also, the romance was a step above the norm. I'm definitely interested to see where the series goes from here.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Brooke United States 05-10-13
    Brooke United States 05-10-13 Member Since 2011

    Just a book fool.

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    "A Surprise"

    Hex Hall was a book that at first glance had everything stacked against it. It looks like the same dull story line I have already read and hated a billion times. Yet I still picked it I don't know maybe I am a glutton for punishment. However, this book was by no means bad.

    Sophie is a smart, funny character that you can't help but love. There is a bit of mystery and the book never takes it self too seriously. Too often YA paranormal books are so angst ridden and weird you feel the need to take a shower afterward. Hex Hall is a refreshing reminder that, "it doesn't have to be this way!"

    I have not decided if I will be moving on to the next installment or not but I am glad I got to meet this one. Who am I kidding I read every single Vampire Academy book which means I am in fact a glutton for punishment.

    I recommended Hex Hall to those who love YA paranormal but are sick of the love triangles and super angsty brats that haunt ever single page. You will enjoy it

    P.S The narrator is good too!

    P.S.S I did hear that there is a bit of love triangle in the second installment :/ Proceed at your own risk.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    K. Eckert 07-29-13
    K. Eckert 07-29-13 Member Since 2004

    Devourer of all books fantasy

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    "Fun and quick paranormal YA read"

    This is the first book in the Hex Hall trilogy. It was a cute YA paranormal read. There isn’t a lot special here but the book was generally well written and well done. I especially enjoyed Sophie’s quirky sense of humor.

    I listened to this on audiobook and the audiobook was very well done. Sophie sounds exactly like I would imagine her to. The narrator did an excellent job of distinguishing between character voices.

    Sophie Mercer is a witch and when a love spell she does for a friend goes horribly wrong, her dad decides her punishment will be to transfer her to Hex Hall. Hex Hall is a school of magical deliquents, those students of non-human nature who just can’t seem to control their powers. While there Sophie gets involved in a mystery where other Dark Witches are being attacked. If Sophie can’t figure out what’s going on, and quickly, then she might be the next witch attacked.

    This is a cute young adult read about a school full of witches, faeries, vampires and werewolves. It was a fun quick read and the characters were engaging. There was a good mystery to be solved, although it was pretty predictable.

    Sophie kind of makes the story. She has an absolutely quirky and cutting sense of humor that gets her into trouble a lot. Her roommate, a vampire addicted to hot pink, adds even more fun to the mix.

    This is a pretty typical YA paranormal read. Sophie has to deal with the “mean girl” group, the only twist being that these mean girls want her to join their coven. Sophie also ends up falling for the hottest guy in school, the totally untouchable Archer Cross. Sophie and Archer had pretty good chemistry together and it was cute to watch them get to know each other.

    The vamps, weres, and witches are pretty typical...there’s nothing all that special about them in this world. The world-building in general isn’t all that great. This book is driven more by the mystery behind all of the witches being attacked. Much of the book is also dedicated to Sophie getting settled in her new school and learning more about being a witch.

    Overall a fun and quick paranormal YA read. While there wasn’t a ton that was super creative here, it was still and cute and fun read. This is just a light book to read quickly. The characters are engaging and well done and there is a good mystery here to be solved. I will probably check out the second book in the series, mainly because Sophie is just so much fun and so quirky. Recommended to fans of YA paranormal books.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Tabitha 09-11-13
    Tabitha 09-11-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Surprisingly Awesome"

    Hex Hall is one of those books I've been seeing/hearing about for a while now. I've been interested in reading/listening to it, and fully expected to enjoy it. What I didn't expect was to LOVE it. The book starts off with a love spell gone wrong and just gets better from there. One of the twists at the end (there are several) I really didn't see coming - don't want to spoil it for anyone. I hate to compare Hex Hall to Harry Potter just because it takes place at a school for witches and wizards (all supernaturals really), but it did remind me a little of the Potter series. Only, Hex Hall isn't a place where witches learn to use their abilities, it is a reform school for those who have messed up. I cannot wait to continue with the series!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Natalie Cole 11-28-14
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    "This book will keep you listening for more!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Hex Hall: Hex Hall Series, Book 1 to be better than the print version?

    I always meant to read the print version, but I didn't find the time to do so. This was better because I could still do what I need to do while listening to this.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hex Hall: Hex Hall Series, Book 1?

    When Sophie found out that Archer was part of The Eye.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Sophie beating the crap out of Archer in the cellar after finding out that Archer is part of The Eye.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Elody giving her magic to Sophie as she was dying.


    Any additional comments?

    I actually listened to this as an audio book, but anyway I really enjoyed it. I loved Sophie because of her vast stores of wit and sarcasm. She is loyal to those she deems her friends and hates the girls who act like bitches the whole time she's at Hecate Hall. This was a thoroughly enjoyable read/listen and I plan to finish this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brittney 09-04-14
    Brittney 09-04-14
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    "Familiar BUT good."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, I enjoyed it. I love YA and who wouldn't love a YA book with a supernatural magic school?


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Cris Dukehart’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I really liked her performance.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kirsten 01-28-14
    Kirsten 01-28-14
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    "Good Easy Listen"

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Heather 01-25-14
    Heather 01-25-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Definitely young adult, but good"

    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.



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    A. Christiano Seneca Falls, NY 05-07-13
    A. Christiano Seneca Falls, NY 05-07-13 Member Since 2012

    I get unreasonably attached to fictional characters

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    "Great fun!"
    Would you listen to Hex Hall: Hex Hall Series, Book 1 again? Why?

    Maybe - it's not a super complicated book, but it was a lot of fun to listen to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The setting - a boarding school for naughty supernaturals.


    What does Cris Dukehart bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    If I ever read the book, I would still hear Dukehart's voice in my head as Sophie.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I may have snickered silently to myself a few times - a bit too fluffy for anything more.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marjorie 12-18-12
    Marjorie 12-18-12 Member Since 2012

    Love this site! I have a very busy job, so listening to audio books enables me to keep up on great stories!

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    "Great in spite of narrator."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Hex Hall: Hex Hall Series, Book 1 to and why?

    The Paranormalcy books. I loved those. Funny, serious moments, a heroine in need of accepting her destiny, etc.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Cris Dukehart?

    Amanda Ronconi, Eileen Stevens, Sarah Drew? All much better choices.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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