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Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
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Feb 06, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: 2010, ya, urban-fantasy, reviewed, readingbites, signed-arc, 2013, reread, owned, witchesandwizards, demons
Read from February 06, 2010 to September 15, 2013

Reviewed for MonsterLibrarian.com

Sophie knows she's a witch, but that's about all she knows. She's never met her warlock father, her human mother tries, but can help her very little. So when Sophie tries to help a classmate, her love spell goes wrong and the Council who rules the Prodigium (the recognized species of magical beings, like fairies, shifters and vampires) sentences her to Hex Hall, part boarding school, part juvenile detention center, until she's eighteen. Hex Hall is filled with soured, entitled magical beings who resent their imprisonment, all of which seem to hate Sophie from the moment she arrives. When Sophie learns why, and what Hex Hall means to her family, her life is sent into a tale spin that she might not survive.
Hex Hall has roots in books like the Harry Potter series, but it focuses instead on the fragile teen sense of self identity when everyone around you seems to know everything and is purposefully keeping you in the dark. It deals with identity too by musing on what makes one a monster and whether blood or actions count for more in a world actively lying to you. Hex Hall has a lot to offer and would be a valuable (and likely popular) addition to public libraries.
Hex Hall has a familiar feel that paranormal readers will love (great for those collections that seem unable to keep up with demand for paranormal YA), complete with an excellent world, and characters that are just a bit on the other side of dangerous. Also a boon is that Sophie isn't a chosen one with special powers, she's the magical equivalent of a reckless teen in trouble. The strength of writing and likability of the leads combines for a fast-paced, quite digestible tale.

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