Hex Hall (Hex Hall #1)
by Rachel Hawkins
What is it about:
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 student on campus. Worse, Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her only friend is the number-one suspect.
What did I think of it:
This is a fun and fast read.
Sophie is a likeable teenager and there were a few other cool characters as well.
The 'evil' girls were a bit stereotypical and most things that happen are predictable, but I didn't mind as there still were some surprises and the overall story is very enjoyable.
I did think the story leaned too much on the fact that Sophie was new to the whole witch thing. Especially as the reasons she doesn't know anything are rather flimsy reasons and put there to support the story.
That aside, this is a really nice read and as I already have book two in my tbr-pile I will pick that up next to see if it's just as enjoyable.
Why should you read it:
It's a fast and enjoyable YA read.