Series: Hex Hall #1
Published by Disney Hyperion on 28 May 2010
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Source: Kindle Purchase
Reading Challenges: 2015 Reading Assignment Challenge, 2015 TBR Pile Reading Challenge, Winter COYER 2014 2015
Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. It's gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie's estranged father-an elusive European warlock-only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it's her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.
By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, 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.
Worse, Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her only friend is the number-one suspect. As a series of blood-curdling mysteries starts to converge, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her.
I had quite high hopes for Hex Hall before I started it. Several reviewers whom I am almost always agreeing with loved it, and it’s a genre I love, too. Alas, Hex Hall and I weren’t meant to be.
My Hex Hall review:
I almost stopped reading Hex Hall at 37% of my kindle edition. I found the story to be very slow, I wasn’t all that interested in Sophie, and I also thought a lot of things didn’t make much sense – mostly because they were glossed over, and even Sophie had no idea about how to navigate her world. Being a witch raised by a human for sixteen years can’t have made anything easy for Sophie, but I had trouble caring what would happen to her.
When I almost stopped reading at 37%, I saw some reviews on Goodreads where the reviewers said they had trouble getting into the story, but that it got better, so I thought to myself, if it gets better, I’m going to kick myself later if I don’t continue with Hex Hall. So I picked it back up again, and painstakingly made it to 59% before I decided Hex Hall and I would not have a great love story.
In many ways, it makes me sad, because I love witches, I usually enjoy paranormal romances, and even more so when those stories are set in a gothic setting, a boarding school where there is mystery, a mean teacher and some mean girls as well… Hex Hall did give me exactly that – maybe a little bit too exactly for my taste, or maybe I’m just YA’ed out for a while. Sophie acted in a childish way more often than not, and it was difficult to want things to be good for her. Even with some fun one-liners and a sure sense of humor, I couldn’t get into the story fully.
Some Hex Hall quotes:
But it didn’t look like a school. It looked like a cross between something out of an old horror movie and Disney World’s Haunted Mansion.
Never had encouragement sounded so much like a threat.