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Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
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Oct 03, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: ya-supernatural, ya-fantasy
Read from March 05 to 08, 2012

Author Rachel Hawkins takes well-established elements, including a school for teen witches, wizards and other supernatural beings, and makes it fresh with an incredibly likeable heroine, an easy to follow mythology, a great plot and realistic teen angst that any outcast can relate to. At fifteen, Sophia Mercer is sentenced to Hecate Hall, a reformatory school for supernatural children gone bad. She's given the only real monster among monsters as a roommate, a vampire named Jenna. Things only go downhill from there. She makes enemies of the only fellow black witches and falls hard for one of their boyfriends. Regular teen drama aside, Sophie soon learns she's the lamest witch ever, struggling with the fact that her human mother and absentee father taught her nothing about her potential or the dangers lurking in the supernatural realm.

I really enjoyed this book, especially identifying with misfits Sophie and Jenna. The characters in romantic relationships managed to convey their feelings without the author ever having to write rated-R scenes of sensuality. There are some great laugh out loud moments that lighten the book's darker scenes. Fans of the Casts' House of Night novels would definitely enjoy a field trip to Hex Hall.

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