Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Spring Reading Affair: Hex Hall


Happy Wednesday my lovelies!

Even though it's cloudy and a bit chilly today, I've been in very high spirits! I hope that the same is true for all of you.

I've gone off the beaten path a bit with my book choices and I've picked up a lot of YA just recently. I'm happy to review one of them today for all of you.

Here we go!

REVIEW

Title: Hex Hall
Author: Rachel Hawkings
Genre: YA Paranormal
Published:
March 2, 2010
Pages:
336

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. As a series of blood-curdling mysteries starts to converge, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her.

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I guess you should never judge a book by its cover. It's not that the cover isn't appealing, or well done, but I found some years ago that YA fiction with covers like this were spineless. They were all shmoozy and soppy with no real storyline that would appeal to anyone except an angst ridden teenager. 
Apparently, I wasn't reading the right books. Either that or the YA books published in 2002 (the last time I think I even read a YA fiction like this) just weren't up to par.

I don't really know why I keep picking up books that I don't suspect will appeal to me. Well, that's not true, I picked this one up mostly because I'd been hearing such good reviews about it. Same with some of the others I've read lately. Now see, this is why I LOVE recommendations because I would have absolutely passed this book over before.

Anyway, I'm glad I didn't! Hex Hall was a delight.
Sophia is just another teen with issues. It's just that she's not exactly human and her issues involve standing up against the schools snobby fairies and dark witches, trying to prove that her friend isn't guilty of murder, hunting down a demon, and generally trying to avoid what seems to be imminent destruction coming at her from all sides.

Sophia finds herself at Hex Hall after a love spell debacle (geez), and can't seem to bring herself to fall in love with the old building and it's non-human inhabitants. Sentenced to spend 2 years at the boarding school for the 'gifted' she's fully set on having an awful time. 

Aaaaaaaand, that's pretty much what happens. But, it's not without its upside. Hunky classmate Archer is there to keep her mind off her boring classes and evil girl-peers, the ghost of Alice (wouldn't you like to know who that is) has suddenly arrived to teach her how to suck less at magic, and she finds a great friend in a short, spunky little vampire named Jenna. 

It's basically a grab-bag of weird. 
 
It was an easy read with a well developed story line. I can't say I'm wild to read the next one, but I do have it, and I'm looking forward to reading it after I've read a few others books in between.  That's mostly why I gave this book a 4/5 instead of a 3. The book was good but it didn't rock my socks off. However, the fact that I actually do want to read the next in the series pulls it up to a 4 no problem.

If you enjoy paranormal and if you love YA fiction then you've got to pick up this book. It has all the right elements and I would absolutely recommend it.

Read read read! 
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Giveaways

Just to remind everyone, I have two great giveaways going on right now. If you'll just click the little linkies, they'll send you to the appropriate page. Good Luck!

 Ends May 1st
and 
Ends April 15th
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That's all for this Wednesday review. Everyone have a spectacular evening!

Until Next Blog,

~A.

3 comments:

  1. I cannot say this one instantly appeals to me, but then again I do not read a lot of YA. Gillian Summers, Julie Kagawa, Chloe Neill, Suzanne Collins, Deborah Cooke, Jennifer Estep are the only ones that come to mind. I'll have to mull it over!

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  2. To be honest, from the description and cover this one doesn't appeal to me either. I've also heard a lot of great reviews for it though. And since you seem like you were in the same sort of position as me with this one and ended up loving it, I think I'll have to give it a try sometime. Thanks for the review! :)

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  3. I keep being told to read this series but the cover is a big no no for me, Glad to hear it's so good! +New GFC follower :)
    -Kimberly @ Turning The Pages
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