Review: Rachel Hawkins’ Hex Hall

hex hallTitle: Hex Hall
Series: Hex Hall
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Young Adult Fiction, Paranormal
Publication Date: March 2nd, 2010
Hyperion Book CH


Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. It’s gotten her in a bit of trouble. Her non-gifted mother and estranged father—an elusive European warlock—decide to punish her after a prom spell gone wrong. Sophie is to be exiled to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.

By the end of her first day Sophie has already made enemy with a girl-group of dark witches, developed a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, and became the roommate of the 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.

I don’t usually like paranormal books, but I really enjoyed the Rebel Belle series Rachel Hawkins so I decided to pick this up. Also, a used copy was on sale at a local bookstore and it felt fitting for Halloween.

The language and characters in Hex Hall were a bit juvenile for me at times. It bothered me a bit at the beginning, but then I really got into the characters and story and I kind of just forgot about that.

The concept of Hex Hall—a boring school for delinquent Prodigium—was really cool to me. I just wish there was more time with the Prodigium that weren’t witches. The story mostly revolved around witches because that’s what Sophie identifies  as. 

Speaking of Sophie, once I got past some of her more juvenile thoughts at the beginning, I really enjoyed her. She has a really sarcastic sense of humor and really sharp wit. I also liked how she resisted Archer—the bad boy love interest—even though she could admit she was attracted to him. I thought it was way better than just throw yourself at him instal-love. Also, Sophie is kind of an underdog, which I love. She’s supposed to be really powerful as a dark witch, but honestly she hasn’t done anything that impressive and when she tries it ends up not as planned.

Like I said, Archer is the bad boy love interest. He’s charming and a bit stereotypical. But even so, I loved him. Him and Sophie have a really great dynamic because he matches her humor, which results in some great banter.

Jenna is Sophie’s roommate at Hex Hall, and also the school’s only vampire. Vampires are pariah basically in the magically world. That and they also like suck blood. Because of this, Sophie and Jenna’s relationship evolves in a really interesting way. It also creates tension with Jenna’s classmate, especially when the attacks start.

I liked the attack aspect. I thought it added a bit of mystery to the story and kept me guessing. I could kind of predict from the start what happened, but then from there book bounced possibilities around and made me question it.

Not like one of my top ten series, but still a fun not to be taken too serious read, you can find Hex Hall on Amazon and the author Rachel Hawkins at Give it a read and let me know what you think in the comments. Plus leave recommendations for my next book!

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One thought on “Review: Rachel Hawkins’ Hex Hall

  1. Britt says:

    I wasn’t an Archer fan! 😦 But I did love this book! I was able to see passed the juvenile-type writing/characters because I was mainly reading the book just to have fun and I did! I’m planning on continuing with the series soon. Definitely a guilty pleasure series for me.


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