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Hex Hall: 02/15/12

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Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins came out right around the time that I was first actively using my GoodRead's wishlist to track books I wanted to read. It was a hugely popular book when it came out so I can't point to a single book blog that inspired me to read it.

Sophie Mercer has been sentenced to complete her studies at a small private boarding school for magical beings. At thirteen she came into her powers and after three years of making a nuisance of herself, she's being sent to Hecate Hall.

Like so many series, Sophie goes into her new life, one which includes a vampire for a roommate, unprepared. She knows of magic and she's figured out a few simple spells but she doesn't know the history of witches, warlocks and other magical creatures. She doesn't understand how much danger she's in for being magical. Nor does she understand her own family history.

Whenever a clueless main character is getting initiated into a new life and a new school, there is of course something dangerous afoot. Here, there are attacks on the dark witches. Can Sophie hone her skills, prove that her roommate is innocent?

What I'm trying to say is that while the book builds on recognizable tropes, it's an entertaining read.

Five stars.

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Comment #1: Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 08:45:41

Mari @ Bookworm with a view

The cover pulls me in but I don't enjoy reading fantasy so I have stayed away.... sad but true.

Glad you enjoyed it!

Comment #2: Friday, February 17, 2012 at 17:41:48


It's mostly a teen boarding school drama. The fantasy is merely wrapping. It's more mystery / adventure than fantasy.

Comment #3: Monday, February 20, 2012 at 22:44:27


I really enjoyed this book — it was a lot of fun! However I didn't really like the sequel — super swoon for Cal!

Comment #4: Monday, February 20, 2012 at 21:52:24


I liked the sequel and I'm looking forward to the third book.

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