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Hex Hall Book One Paperback – February 1, 2011
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Sophie Mercer has been carted around to nineteen different schools throughout her very young life; we first meet her at one particular school on prom night. Sophie feels bad for a young woman crying her eyes out in the ladies' room; the young girl is dateless to the prom and wants this to be rectified. Sophie takes her out to the parking lot, tells her to close her eyes, and think about THE boy who she wants with all her heart to be her escort. Dark clouds amass above their heads; a purplish light glows within the black core; and green lightning rains down from above... Yes, the girl's wish is granted, but the nice, sweet prom quickly turns into Carrie. Suffice to say, Sophie is on her way to her twentieth school.
She arrives in Georgia in the brutally hot month of August on her beloved mother's arm. She's being sent away to Hecate Hall - a reformatory school for witches, shapeshifters, faeries, and other even more non-humans, who have flaunted their skills in the wrong places, risking exposure to their world. This is no Hogwarts, people; Hecate Hall is a cold, two-hundred-year-old mansion that looks like something out of a horror movie, with fugly wallpaper and an addition of pink stucco that goes off the back of the house and into the woods. Sophie's very first meet-and-greet with a supernatural being comes in the form of a young man named Justin, who turns and snarls at her while transforming into a werewolf. Sophie raises her finger, screams "bag dog," and basically sees him as a cocker spaniel standing on his hind legs. (This is what I love most about this writer - she's wonderfully sarcastic).
Sophie's roommate is Jenna, a young girl who is a vamp and is at Hecate Hall on scholarship. She's the only "monster" that's at the school and many witches, warlocks - the "elite" of their world - can't stand her. In fact, a coven at the school believes Jenna bit and killed her last roommate, Holly, and they tell Jenna that she must join them and become their "fourth" so they can have the most power within the old, stone walls. Unfortunately for these three witches (who act like a modern-day Macbeth trio), Sophie doesn't like them; she likes her roommate who, although, a bloodsucker, is a nice girl who loves the color Electric Raspberry Pink, which is the color of her clothes, the stripe in her air, the bedspread, etc. Sophie can't help but liking the poor girl who seems to be blamed for all the harsh goings-on at the school.
Sophie also meets Archer Cross, who's the resident hot-guy - a gorgeous warlock who everyone loves. Archer was once the boyfriend of the poor unfortunate Holly, and he's now going out with the head of the coven that Sophie can't stand. As the story begins to unfold at the school, Sophie learns things about her past - and her father who she's never met. Apparently, her ancestral genes go far back in history; her family is powerful, her father is very "high-up" in the magical world, and the magic that runs through Sophie's veins is rather dark and frightening. There are many characters that are absolutely fantastic in this story including a young girl by the name of Taylor who can morph into a mountain lion at whim; a headmistress who knows far too much about Sophie's family; a ghost who walks the halls wearing a green dress that's part of Sophie's mysterious history; a vamp teacher who's also a famous poet; and, a groundskeeper who should definitely become a doctor.
The author inserts a variety of "clues" that will lead the reader through many books, hopefully, to come. Readers are told of the demon glass sword that's held in the depths of Hades, as well as a group called The Eye of God whose job it is to hunt down magical beings and take them out in order to protect the human world. Drawing from Roman and Egyptian history and characters (i.e.: Hecate, The Furies, etc.), this author has managed to put together a story that's fun, exciting, and interesting with a main character who's extremely sarcastic and brutally funny.
I, for one, can't wait for the next in the series. I hope the author is "banging" away on her keyboard right now and conjuring up her next fantastic story.
Until Next Time,
Amy Lignor, [...]
This is also the first in a series (Demonglass is also available).
This book kept appearing on my recommended list, and the premise sounded interesting, so I picked it up. It was a fast read, and certain elements of the book were strong (Sophie's character was well-rounded, the details allowed me to easily picture the scene and the supernatural elements were dealt with in a believeable way. Also Sophie's vampire roomate (and her story arc) was great).
My main issue with this was the feel of it. The pop-culture references annoyed me. Sophie's dialouge (especially when dealing with the 'mean trio') annoyed me. It's like 'The Craft' at a boarding school. (Trio of bad girls seeking a fourth...death and destruction ensue). The ending (I don't want to give it away) was pretty predictable, though the twist with Archer (the one-dimensional love interest) surprised me.
I don't want to sound overly critical, because it seems like a lot of people really liked this book, and if I was a teen, I probably would have, too. But if you're an adult reader who likes YA novels, I'd recommend skipping this one.
Before I go too far I want to be sure to explain that that my initial dislike of the book is bad for many others but the book, while having strong paranormal aspects, is in effect a teen drama/contemporary. Instead of the tradition jocks/nerds/cheerleader/etc cliche high school crowds we get fairies/werewolves/witches. Otherwise think high school with dormitories and that is Hex Hall. Now I have never been a big contemporary fan and I prefer my YA to be a bit more on the mature side than this. However, for the average high school student this book is perfect and most likely easy to relate to.
While the book started out with a major eye role, Sophie's character is one that is amusing to read through. The witty remarks made me grin sarcastically in several scenes. She is sent to Hex Hall after one too many spells have gone quite wrong to learn better control. Little does she know that she is in for a less than friendly welcome due to past events beyond her control. She is behind on her magic, has the only vampire for a roommate (and said vamp has a slight obsession with the color pink) and her family has quite a few skeletons in their closet that she must confront! Not to mention the attacks that are happening on the students!
Many bits and pieces are quite predictable but it is the manner in which the story is told that made this a worthwhile read. But if you are looking for twists and turns this is not it. It is a fast, mildly entertaining read.