Hex Hall (Hex Hall Series #1)
  • Hex Hall (Hex Hall Series #1)
  • Hex Hall (Hex Hall Series #1)

Hex Hall (Hex Hall Series #1)

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by Rachel Hawkins
     
 

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Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she is a witch. Her non-gifted mother has been supportive, consulting Sophie’s estranged father—a 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 exiles her to “Hex Hall”, an isolated reform

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Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she is a witch. Her non-gifted mother has been supportive, consulting Sophie’s estranged father—a 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 exiles her to “Hex Hall”, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, fairies, and shape-shifters.

By the end of her first day, Sophie has three new enemies, a futile crush on a warlock, a tagalong ghost, and a vampire roommate. Worse, Sophie soon learns that an unknown predator has been attacking students. As a series of blood-curdling mysteries converges, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her.

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From the Publisher
If Meyer's Twilight series embodies the romantic supernatural, Hawkins' debut novel exemplifies the supernatural spoof. Sixteen-year-old Sophie Mercer, whose absentee father is a warlock, discovered both her heritage and her powers at age 13. While at her school prom, Sophie happens upon a miserable girl sobbing in the bathroom and tries to perform a love spell to help her out. It misfires, and Sophie finds herself at Hecate (aka Hex) Hall, a boarding school for delinquent Prodigium (witches, warlocks, faeries, shape-shifters, and the occasional vampire). What makes this fast-paced romp work is Hawkins' wry humor and sharp eye for teen dynamics, especially between the popular and the misfit crowds. Sophie is a multidimensional character, both likable and believably flawed. Secondary characters lack her depth, but their more broadly drawn portraits are in keeping with narrator Sophie's impressions of her teachers and classmates. Many clever touches (vampire Lord Byron teaches literature), spot-on depictions of classic teen situations (crushing on the queen bee's boyfriend), and an ending that leaves you hanging will have readers grabbing for the sequel.—Booklist

Hawkins's proficient and entertaining debut is jam-packed with magical creatures and mystery. With no training on how to use the powers inherited from her absent warlock father, Sophie Mercer keeps making rookie mistakes that force her mother to move them around the country to avoid attention. But when, at age 16, Sophie makes a very public error with a love spell at the prom, she is sent to Hecate Hall, "the premier reformatory institution for Prodigium adolescents" (aka troubled shape-shifters, faeries, and witches like Sophie). She hits it off with her vampire roommate, Jenna, but three gorgeous and powerful witches have declared Sophie an enemy (she nicknames them the "Witches of Clinique"); she has a wicked crush on someone else's boyfriend; and at least one teacher is out to get her. When attacks on students get pinned on Jenna, Sophie is determined to find the true culprit. Sophie stumbles into answers more than searches them out, but the story is well paced and plotted with tween-friendly humor and well-developed characters, particularly awkward but compassionate Sophie. The ending satisfies while paving the way for future books.—PW

Children's Literature - Kristina Cassidy
Sophie Mercer is starting her nineteenth new school, but this will be the last. Hecate Hall was created for kids like Sophie, who discovered she was a witch three years ago. After a series of spells gone wrong, Sophie's absent warlock father arranges for her to attend the school to properly master her powers in a safe environment. Surrounded by witches, warlocks, fairies, shapeshifters, and even a vampire, Sophie discovers that there is much she does not know about herself and her father. She quickly makes enemies among students and teachers, but before long everyone has bigger problems. Someone is attacking students and anyone could be next. The first book in a planned series, Hex Hall will satisfy readers seeking stories about students in a magical, supernatural school. Sophie is a likeable character with enough flaws to keep her interesting, the other students (especially her vampire roommate Jenna) are well developed, and the inevitable romantic entanglements do not distract from the central mystery. Teachers and parents should be aware of some romantic physical contact between characters, including one character's plan to lose her virginity. Reviewer: Kristina Cassidy
Melanie Hundley
Hex Hall is a witty supernatural comedy. Sophie Mercer discovered she was a witch at age 13. Three years later, she tries to help a friend by casting a love spell that completely misfires; as punishment, she is sent to Hecate (Hex) Hall. Hex Hall is boarding school for problem Prodigums (witches, warlocks, shape shifters, vampires, etc.). By the end of Sophie's first day at Hex Hall, she has made three powerful (and beautiful) enemies, developed a hopeless crush on a popular girl's boyfriend, and discovered that there are such things as ghosts. To top off her first day, she discovers that her new roommate is not only the most hated person on campus, she is also the only vampire on campus. When someone starts attacking students on campus, the only suspect is Sophie's roommate. Sophie is determined to solve the mystery—in fact, all the mysteries—on campus. Reviewer: Melanie Hundley
VOYA - Sherrie Williams
Hecate Hall (or Hex Hall, as it is called by the magical teens sentenced to attend there) is no Hogwarts. Instead, it is a reform school for young Prodigium (witches, vampires, shape shifters and faeries) gone bad. Sophie, a young witch, unleashes a chaotic and ill advised love spell at her high school prom which lands her in Hex Hall. Upon her arrival, Sophie immediately faces plenty of problems, both magical and mundane - bunking with a vampire suspected of killing her previous roommate, an epic (but hopeless) crush on the most popular warlock there, a trio of beautiful and power-hungry witches and the toughest teachers ever. Most disturbingly, a centuries-old secret society is intent on wiping out all Prodigium (particularly Sophie, thanks to the surprising identity of her long absent father), and Hex Hall is the epicenter of their efforts. This book is an interesting mix of styles, offering clever homage to Harry Potter and other books in the supernatural genre while integrating elements of contemporary teen book series such as The Clique. The first volume in a planned series, this book will draw readers to the series with plenty of romance, mystery and a last minute cliffhanger decision. Libraries serving teen readers, particularly girls, will find a receptive audience for this debut book by a promising new writer for young adults. While the story of a school for magical young people may not be new, the twist that this book offers is refreshing. Reviewer: Sherrie Williams
Publishers Weekly
Hawkins's proficient and entertaining debut is jam-packed with magical creatures and mystery. With no training on how to use the powers inherited from her absent warlock father, Sophie Mercer keeps making rookie mistakes that force her mother to move them around the country to avoid attention. But when, at age 16, Sophie makes a very public error with a love spell at the prom, she is sent to Hecate Hall, “the premier reformatory institution for Prodigium adolescents” (aka troubled shape-shifters, faeries, and witches like Sophie). She hits it off with her vampire roommate, Jenna, but three gorgeous and powerful witches have declared Sophie an enemy (she nicknames them the “Witches of Clinique”); she has a wicked crush on someone else's boyfriend; and at least one teacher is out to get her. When attacks on students get pinned on Jenna, Sophie is determined to find the true culprit. Sophie stumbles into answers more than searches them out, but the story is well paced and plotted with tween-friendly humor and well-developed characters, particularly awkward but compassionate Sophie. The ending satisfies while paving the way for future books. Ages 11–up. (Mar.)
Kirkus Reviews
Veronica Mars meets Percy Jackson and the Olympians in an appealing, if not groundbreaking, series opener. After one too many well-intentioned spells goes awry, 16-year-old half-witch Sophie Mercer is forcibly enrolled at Hecate Hall, a school off the Georgia coast that serves as a juvenile hall for the magical beings called Prodigium, including witches, warlocks, faeries, shape-shifters, werewolves and a vampire. Sophie lacks her classmates' knowledge of Prodigium mores but successfully avoids being recruited into shallow Queen Bee Elodie's coven. This gutsy move costs her socially, but Sophie bonds with her roommate, the pink-obsessed vampire Jenna, and crushes wildly on super-cute bad boy Archer Cross. When students turn up drained of their blood, Jenna comes under suspicion, and Sophie, determined to clear her friend's name and armed with skills earned under the tutelage of her powerful ancestor Alice, turns detective. In spite of some cliched, Dan Brown-influenced business with the top-secret Prodigium hunters L'Occhio di Dio, the snappy one-liners, loyal friendships and burgeoning romance will delight fans of Rosemary Clement-Moore's Maggie Quinn series. (Fantasy. YA)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781423121305
Publisher:
Disney-Hyperion
Publication date:
03/02/2010
Series:
Hex Hall Series, #1
Pages:
323
Sales rank:
380,082
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.58(h) x 1.12(d)
Lexile:
790L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 14 Years

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"The story is well paced and plotted with tween-friendly humor and well-developed characters." —-Publishers Weekly

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