Hex Hall Book One by Rachel HawkinsHex Hall Book One by Rachel Hawkins

Hex Hall Book One

byRachel Hawkins

Paperback | February 1, 2011

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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 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,especiallyher.
Rachel Hawkins(www.rachel-hawkins.com) was a high school English teacher before becoming a full-time writer. She lives with her family in Alabama, and is currently at work on the third book in the Hex Hall series. To the best of her knowledge, Rachel is not a witch, though some of her former students may disagree....
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Title:Hex Hall Book OneFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.75 inPublished:February 1, 2011Publisher:Disney-HyperionLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1423121392

ISBN - 13:9781423121398

Appropriate for ages: 10

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Good book and a quick read.
Date published: 2017-09-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice quick read A great lighthearted fantasy with plot twists that kept me interested.
Date published: 2017-07-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great book I really enjoyed this book although as it is for teens it was a very easy read
Date published: 2017-03-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read It was a light, quick and fun read! I will definitely countinue on with the series eventually.
Date published: 2017-02-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Mixed Feelings I don't know how I feel about this one, to be honest. It was more teeny than I wanted (yes, I knew it was a YA book when I bought it), but I liked some of the ideas they had going and the characters were decently written. There were a lot of cliches and predictability, and I'm pretty sure I know where Archer's storyline is going, but there was a kind of charm to it. To be honest, it felt a little bit like the experience older readers have when they read Harry Potter. You know it's a children's book, but something draws you to it. I think I might have boosted my rating a little if the entire confrontation at the end didn't end in literally a single sentence. I liked the twist on Sophie's story, but since that was the case, wouldn't it make sense to literally pack more punch into the end battle? Everyone keeps saying how powerful she is, but I'd rather it was proved than stated. Despite my nitpicking, it really wasn't that bad, and I'm interested enough to keep going.
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay A light and cliche read. Will probably come back and read the rest of the someday but I'm in no rush.
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Don't judge a book by it's cover. No, really. AMAZING. I found the main character, Sophia(Sophie) quite easy to relate to. There are soo many twists and turns, which leaves me wanting to know what happens next.
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great world. Need more descriptions and more magic! Wow! This is book is darker than I thought... So much, that at some point, I had to light up all the rooms in the house because I was a bit scared of the dark... Though it is well written, the last chapters lack some descriptions maybe? Maybe it's a choice from the editor and not the author but they cut bits of description at the climax of the story: like how did Sophie put 2 and 2 together to solve who Alice really was? Altogether, I recommend the book! :)
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cute Introduction but Needed More World Building This book was an okay start to the series. The most notable part of this book was that it wasn't the typical "Girl gets thrown into a world she knows nothing about and has a superpower" type of fantasy book, which I really enjoyed. I liked that Sophie knew about her abilities, even if she wasn't really aware of how to use them. Some of the first-person narrative was sloppy, but once Sophie got into her voice as a narrator, the novel picked up. It was fast paced and hard to put down. I liked hearing things from Sophie's perspective, but it also led to having vague details about everyone and everything else, except those that she liked and was friends with -- aka Archer and Jenna. Otherwise there was a disconnect between the actual world and how Sophie saw the world and that led to me having a lot of unanswered questions at the end. I really liked the friendship between Sophie and Jenna and seeing Sophie's fear of what Jenna could possibly do to her, but knowing Jenna wouldn't hurt her because they are such good friends. I thought it was a nice touch to the series to have a non-catty friendship where there is mutual trust and understanding of circumstances. I mean, there was still the catty-ness included but I liked Jenna and I really hope we get to see a lot more of her and her friendship with Sophie. That is one thing I would like to be expanded. I liked the majority of the mythology, but I think it was too heavily focused on witches when it could have looked at the werewolves, faes, and vampires as well. I think having more information about the other mythological creatures that are in the novels would have really expanded the world. There is also a lack of world-building in the sense that we get some of the background information about why Hex Hall was created, but not why it expanded to include these other mythological creatures in their training/study program. I also would have really liked to know what the classes taught specifically, but Sophie was too focused on anything and everything but her classes to offer much insight into what they teach at Hex Hall. Also, it is never really explained how the Council hides the fact that there are witches et al from the rest of the world after the incidents that bring these students to Hex Hall. It was a little vague on a lot of the details. Overall: 3/5 stars. The book laid the foundation for the series, but there could have been more world-building to explain the situation rather than just by saying "magic."
Date published: 2015-08-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Liked it for the most part I was looking forward to reading this book and I was excited after some of the reviews praising so much.... but it felt short for me. Halfway through the book the story felt like it hadn't really started yet, which I didn't like since the book isn't that long. The romance for me was almost non-existence. It felt forced throughout the whole book. I mean, there were a few scenes between Sophie and Archer but not enough of them spending time together to make you believe that they like each other. Sophie on the other hand declares she has a crush on him since he is extremely hot. And I don't doubt that, but I do doubt how that crush turned into love after a couple of months of barely any interaction. They do spend a lot of time together but we us readers don't get to see much of that time together, so I didn't really feel the love there. Another thing I really wish I could see was the school. I was so excited about this school full of supernatural kids, going to this school that was on an island to learn their magic that I was jumping up and down. It's no secret that I LOVE Harry Potter and thought that this might be a tiny bit similar to it but not really. Just the aspect of having a school full of paranormal creatures had me in high hopes. I wish I could have seen more of those defence classes, which Sophie spends all her time with Archer. We would get to know the cool stuff they're learning and see the two of them interact more. Or even see Sophie learning new magic tricks and learn more about her abilities. On a side note, Sophie's only main interaction with a male student is Archer. She does have a little incidence with a male shape-shifter and the healer of the school but other than that we don't get to see her interacting with other guys which just seemed off to me. I never pay attention to stuff like that but it just seemed weird for some reason. She also doesn't have many friends so it could be that, and that I'm reading too much into it. Overall I enjoyed it. I love anything that has to do with magic in general. I just expected a bit more I think in the love department at least, but I'm keeping my hopes high for the sequel Demonglass.
Date published: 2014-05-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Wasn't for me. For once a story is not directly focused on vampires and werewolves. Oh how glad was I to hear all these positive reviews for this book. Clearly that was too much of an ask. Rachel Hawkins was not immune to the recent romantic supernatural push. This book had a cliché start with an unknown magical father and a mundane mother. Add in a private school setting, 3 bitches after the poor main characters and one extremely hot guy that happens to be dating the Queen Bee and we have a "perfect" formula. I guess this book had a good twist and some parts were good enough to push me to this far (half of the book) but the ill-tempered, I'm-a-tough-girl-but-I'm-not-immune-to-hot-guys Sophie annoyed the crap out of me. There was just not enough depth in any of Hawkins' characters. But I can clearly tell that Hawkins use to be a high school teacher because the drama level in this book is through the roof. I will not however, chase readers away from this book/series. If you had enjoyed Libba Bray's A Great and Terrible Beauty and the Mortal Instrument series by Cassandra Clare, you might have found a book that fits your taste, but I was not a fan.
Date published: 2012-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great!! First, I love the cover on this book. It's gorgeous. I bought this book on my kobo but I still plan on buying this book and the rest of the series so I can share it with people and have it on my bookcase. Sophie's a great character. She just feels so real, like someone who would be easy to be friends with, except she's a witch. There are many times she made me laugh with her comments. She's sent to Hex Hall after a spell gone wrong. Deaths start happening and people blame Jenna, Sophie's roommate, and Sophie stands by Jenna. There's chemistry between Sophie and Archer, who's mysterious and unavailable and makes you fall in love with him. There's some plot twists in the book, some I saw coming and some had me completely shocked, especially the ending. It would be easy for people to write off this book as a Harry Potter wannabe when they hear the words 'Magic School' but then they'd be missing out on a fantastic new series that's very different with a lot of supernatural beings and great characters.
Date published: 2012-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it Everything about this book was good. Even down to the feel of the pages. Crazy right? But, even the paper on this book felt nice so lets just say I was happy to turn the pages and run my hand over the fresh new one on the other side. Rachel Hawkins takes you into a beautiful world full of the mystical where even the things we see as monsters are hunted. In a world hungry for power and different races/species at each other throats and everyone believing their race is better than the others we meet Sophie whom, being raised by humans, doesn’t see their species or race but who they actually are and judges them from there like everyone really should. So Sophie befriend the hated Vampire, get detention, and do the typical thing of falling for the hot boy on campus who happens to have a girlfriend all on her first day. And of course she is the worst witch having never been taught anything other than what she found in books her mother read to prepare them for what was coming on her 12th birthday. Lets add in a little pinch of an absent father and you have someone trying to go well but making a lot of mistakes, and someone who has no clue about herself. I loved it. I loved all the teen angst and emotions, and the princesses that Sophie manages to put in their places with a few well placed words. Then there is Archer the guy that Sophie falls in love with. And I don’t blame her. He’s the kind of guy you love to fight with and someone who has a sense of humour, which doesn’t seem to come along a lot in Hecate Hall. Hawkins knows how to create a world that makes you smile, makes you wonder, surprises you and in general makes you wish you were a part of it. Bad decorations and all. Good: Sophie: Although a little slow on picking some stuff up at times she’s still pretty awesome Archer: Hot. Funny. And very very sexy. Also a bad boy. Love the combination Cal: I know Cal plays a bigger part in the series. Many I just fell it, but its probably because I’ve also seen some team Archer and Team Cal buttons out there. Not to mention he’s completely hot, handy, and an all around good guy. Sophie’s Dad: I can’t wait to meet him. He is going to be an awesome character and probably throw in some good twists. Bad: Not really much to say here other than I wanted more to happen! Not that I was ever left bored. Oh no. I loved it all I just want more Overall (Writing style, story line, and general): Overall I had no issues with Rachel Hawkins’ writing skills. I never got confused, jumbled or had to look back a couple of pages to refresh my mind. On the contrary I went ahead at blazing speeds and loved it all. I could picture Sophie and Archer in the cellar a smile on their faces as he catches the pen she threw at him in mock dislike. I could feel the sexy tension. I could feel the way she described power rushing up from her feet like water. I think best of all is that I loved the twist that Hawkins put on the tale of fallen angels. I loved the idea of the three angels turned away from Heaven each fled to different parts of the world and helped create Vampires, Fairies, and Witches. Very very cool. View more of my review and others at my blog: www.mynotsovacantshelf.blogspot.com
Date published: 2012-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from omg awsome i loved it so much i am so into witch craft and i loved it i loved how in the end tehre was a twist and the guy she loved was eveil loved it
Date published: 2011-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! At first I was very sceptical to read this, thinking it was just another "teen" novel, boy was I wrong! The plot is such a page turner, I stayed up an hour and half before I go to bed usually as a result. I loved the magical school element and the characters are sooo realistic. It was funny, sad, and thrilling all at the same time. Sophie is a great heroine and Elodie is the prefect frenemy. Rachel Hawkins is a great author using countless literary devices and can wait for more.
Date published: 2011-04-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good read! This novel is probably the chick lit version of Harry Potter. Witches, warlock, shifter and werewolves, there is everything in there to satisfy any fan of chick lit and fantasy. Did I enjoy it? Yes I did. I ended up really wanting to know what would happen next for Sophie. Was it the best novel ever written? Definitely not. The story is catchy, but the style was just okay. The characters were good, as I ended up liking the innocence and naivety in Sophie, the sexiness and badass ness of Acher, and of course the bitchiness of Elodie. The It is a fun book, but not anything more. It is enjoyable and entertaining. Easy to read, which is fun when you just want to disconnect from your stressful life (and work…. And schoolwork… and everything else that can stress you…) For more: abeautifulmadness.blogspot.com
Date published: 2011-02-17