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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

Critic Reviews

"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

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.

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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.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Bee
  • United States
  • 05-10-13

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.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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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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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!

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Good story!

I read this series before, a long time ago, but the details were fuzzy. I just remembered it was pretty good, so I thought I'd try the audio books. I enjoyed them. The narrator did a great job.

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sequoia

I loved the narrator voice as the different chartcters I would love to read more with her as the narrator

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love it!!!!!!

I love it so so so so so so so so so so so so much god I love it so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so good

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Fun take on YA paranormal!

I loved the heroines first person point of view and snide running commentary . it was a fast ,fun easy listen. Can't wait to start the next one.

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All around awesome!!

This book is full of flips and turns. I did see a few of them coming but wasn't sure but the biggest surprise of them all I would not have guessed!! Seriously you can't help but love this book and not only is the book good but so is the narration.

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Mean girls with spells

This book is full of twists and turns reveling enough to make in interested but not so much to make it predictable. Defiantly worth the credit. So very excited to keep reading more work by Rachel Hawkins.

Her characterizations and full and complete. The narration was great. I could easily tell what character was speaking..