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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.Read more ›
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!Read more ›
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Sophie Mercer is a witch but doesn't know how to use her powers, she has been brought up by her mother who is human, so Sophie has never mixed with other witches or other species... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Sarah Davies
This book was so good and all the characters were so amazing I would definitely recommend this book to everyonePublished 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is a Christian story.... it's just a personal thing but I'm sick and tired of people putting a Christian spin on things. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Dale Martin
I liked this book. Lot but the ending lead up seemed quick. Going to check if another after to read.Published 27 days ago by Sandy Clifton
I wasn't sure about the whole Harry Potterish set up, but in the end, it was fun - Sophie got more interesting and her relationships more complex as it went on, which I liked.Published 2 months ago by V. L.
Couldn't put it down. Great storyline and you really fall for Sophie and feel as if you're with her. Jenna was a great addition to the story giving Sophie the perfect best friend.Published 2 months ago by Roberta S
I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect with this series. Honestly, I saw that the library had the audiobook series, and I thought, “Hey, why not? Read morePublished 2 months ago by Nicole Hewitt
It's a bit like Harry Potter and I think I would've loved this book in middle school. The plot isn't super complex and I wasn't particularly drawn into the characters or anything,... Read morePublished 3 months ago by A Page With A View