Author: Rachel Hawkins
Genre: Young Adult
Release Date: 3-2-10
After a spell goes terribly wrong, Sophie finds herself at Hecate Hall, a sort of juvie for young witches and warlocks. Her roommate and only friend just happens to be the one vampire on campus who is now being accused of being behind a series of mysterious attacks on students. While trying to fit in and failing miserably, Sophie discovers what her father really does for a living and learns that there are people that would love to see her, and all Prodigium, gone forever.
I have seen this book around, but I never picked it up because I was afraid that it might be a little too much of a young YA novel. I am here to tell you that I should have read it sooner. While it is a very teenagery (is that a word?) book, I can’t argue with writing that has me laughing right away. I think the prologue of Hex Hall is one of the funniest I’ve ever read. The world of Hex Hall is skillfully constructed with all of the spookiness that an imposing old mansion on a secluded Southern island can bring you. Within those spooky walls are scary occurrences, but they are also mixed with every high school social disaster you can think of for poor Sophie. The combination makes for a magical and hilariously cringe-worthy time for Sophie at her new school.
This book is definitely more Y than A, but I found it to be extremely entertaining and really funny. Sophie’s voice and sarcastic comments made me laugh out loud more than once and I loved the way Sophie’s personality meshed and clashed with the people around her. Hex Hall was a funny, extremely entertaining and quick read. I am so glad that it’s the first in a three books series and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for Sophie in the next two books.