OK, I originally gave this 3.5 stars but I have decided just to give it 4 starsI m experiencing some teenage angst, Mrs Casnoff, I answered I need to, like, write it in my journal or something Initial Final Page Thoughts.Wow, I read that book in about five hours I probably should get some food Laughter is the only sustenance I need.High Points.Groundskeepers.Sorry, what was the question Sophie Jenna Boarding school MAGICAL BOARDING SCHOOL FOR DELINQUENT PARANORMALS Ghosts Flirtytirty boys Diversity Cellar shenanigans Tattoos Curses Bustles Evil bwitches Ms Hawkins deliciously wicked sense of humour Low Points.Yeah, I m morally opposed to faeries And characters being jammed into restrictive stereotypes LET THEM SOAR.Heroine.I loved Sophie and I could really relate to her because I have magical powers , I canoodle with warlocks on a regular basis, she s such a massive goon She was so useless and awkward and unaware of herself and goofy and sarcastic and she was such a refreshing narrator because she seemed really well, real So many books that I and my friends read are completely saturated with AFPs who are so simpering and vomit inducing and they get so angry and frustrated because they didn t ask to be so heart stoppingly beautiful and have all these boys fall over themselves to be with them Gaaaaaah So, when Sophie exploded onto the page with her delinquent paranormal ways, her refreshing humour a perfect vessel for Ms Hawkins gentle ribbing of the genre, no clich is safe around her and boob sweat, it was like taking a breath of fresh air Although, I wasn t impressed by her opposition to freckles What in the world is wrong with frecklesSo, I have a destiny, I said Crap Titter.Yes, sometimes Sophie s sass and smart arse comments bordered on a bit much but if she toned that down just a tad, I imagine we d be best friends forever and sit up all night eating delicious snacks and chortling over her being a witch and having sexy men fawning over her and how it was so cute that I was completely ordinary and stuck with the bad dog in cargo shorts and his excessive slobber.OH, HOW WE WOULD CHORTLE.Love Interest.Well, in the beginning I could take Archer or leave him Sure, he was pretty So you think I m pretty, and clever and funny and a bit of a wild boy WILD BOYS.sorry my Duran Duran references are a knee jerk reaction now or you could say a Reflex Ohhh yeah and he was a massive douche to Sophie but then, wait, he s actually secretly nice and loves herjsaq9ijecdjksla sohdfio02eidjfvsn sorry I just fell asleep.Yeah, he was fine He coasted He was on my radar but he wasn t making any waves.That was until the end when he suddenly got muchinteresting And ripped, apparently He d been keeping that secret under his scruffy blazer and un tucked shirt, wasn t he And then we have Cal, who isn t necessarily a love interest in this book but I m guessing he s going to lope into the sequel with his plaid shirt and his axe and his rippling pectorals and his inevitable dark and brooding past that Sophie finds mysterious and intriguing.But, yeah I ve not worked out how he ll feature in the sequel yet It s got me completely betrothed baffled Best Friend.Lesbian vampire Um, LOVE IT Jenna was fantastic and, although Sophie was sometimes a bit unnecessarily cruel to her Um, wallowing in self pity I d like to see you try going through what Jenna did, Miss Mercer , I liked the easy and natural sounding dynamic the two of them had I have to admit when she came out of the coffin my eyes did begin to roll and my lips began to curl, my natural reaction to vampires But I needn t have worried because Jenna was actually a decent vamp and kick ass unlike so many of her un dead chums Theme Tune.OK, when I first picked up this book I was all smitten and smug smuggen because I had already chosen THE BEST SONG for this book But then Ms Hawkins with her devious twists and turns which I will not divulge completely blew that out of the water So I thought I was snookered.But then I thought, no Because I love this song and it is perfect for seducing unsuspecting warlocks in a basement this book Until it well wasn t Witchy Woman by EaglesAngst Level.4 10 This book is relatively tame in the angst level Sure there are a few bits that are borderline grim, but this book is mainly a one way ticket to FUN TOWN That s right, FUN TOWN And it was really refreshing to just sit back and take in the view.Although I gather the sequel is going to be a lot darker.And that s just fine by me.Recommended For.People who want to book a one way ticket to FUN TOWN OK, I promise that that s the last time I m going to say that it s actually making me cringe People who are looking for a new fictional best friend that will make them realise how boring and ordinary their lives are People who have always thought their world would end when their acceptance letter to Hogwarts got lost in the post don t worry, Hex Hall will take anyone People who would be able to think of witty responses to a werewolf lunging for your jugular People who are sick of others being suspicious when they ask them to join their secret coven People who immediately think of singing Pocahontas songs when they re outdoors People who will always lust after the groundskeeper People who wish their detentions had been that fun mmmhmmm People who maintain that boys who are rude arrogant downright nasty are just that way because they are completely and secretly besotted with you It s true Right People who wish their stoopid school had had a prom so they could wear beautiful dresses and get their hair done all fancy we did get to go to Alton Towers though, which was amazing and didn t end with a gabiilion girls crying in formal wear, which I imagine happens a lot at proms Although, I probably would have luck finding a prom date than finding someone to go on Air for the third time in a row Wimps. As to date, this has been one of the most enjoyable fantasy books I ve read that deals with otherworldly creatures like witches, vampires, faes, werewolves, shape shifters and demons collectively called as Prodigium through the author s creative effort of putting them all together in one monster high called Hecate Hall or simply Hex Hall It s a fast, fun read told by Sophie, a supposedly powerful witch who at 16 barely knows anything about her real powers Thus, she gets enrolled at Hex Hall which has this Vampire Academy Hogwart s vibe but inclusive I could practically imagine Rachel Hawkins do this in front of Richelle Mead and J.K Rowling after writing the book Or probably not Lol It s very enjoyable because the heroine is funny, witty and sarcastic Exactly my kind of gal She doesn t care so much about her appearance She also knows how to properly appreciate other people s beauty without a tinge of jealousy.The narration and dialogue are delightful and easy to readI m experiencing some teenage angst I need to, like, write in my journal or somethingThe events are fast paced and very interesting The author manipulated these fantastic characters pretty well and created interesting conflicts and twists although personally, I think the plot could use a bit action But this is only the first book of the series, so I m sure there ll be a lot of those in the sequel This is highly recommended especially for young readers or even old looking for a light, enjoyable fantasy read. Fun This book really grew on me It took several tries to get past the first couple of chapters, but once Sophie finally gets settled in at Hex Hall things start moving along The witchy battles are pretty cool, there s good build up of the mystique behind the school and behind Sophie s past and powers, and the author does a nice job with creating a variety of different characters with distinctive voices I especially liked BFF Jenna and the super cute and witty Archer, and Sophie herself turns out to be a pretty kick ass heroine It did take me a little while to get used to the author s voice, but the humor actually gets to be really good as the story develops and I ve gone back to giggle over certain passages again Overally, this is a really terrific debut and a fast paced, entertaining read It s always a plus when a YA author manages to surprise her audience with twists and turns in the plot too, and there are a couple of really good ones here that will leave readers on the edge for.Besidesyou can t not love a girl who tries to stop an attacking werewolf by yelling, BAD DOG I was so pleasantly surprised by this book, almost as surprised as I am by the fact that I actually decided to read it I d all but given up on young adult novels that feature any of the following vampires, werewolves, witches, shifters, fairies, angels, demons you get the idea Young adult fantasy and urban fantasy seems to have been constantly churning out of the same, but Hex Hall really ticked all the right boxes for me.Granted, a boarding school for witches and whatnot isn t exactly original and it s a hard field to compete in when you re up against the likes of J.K.Rowling, but I liked Hawkins laid back and kind of chick lit style writing The novel reminded me of something in between Vampire Academy and this TV show that I used to love when I was a kid called The Worst Witch , maybe I m wrong but I d be willing to bet that not many people outside of the UK have heard of it Anyway, you basically have all you expect from a regular high school bullies, bitchiness, crushes, dating, school dances, etc But then you also have the added trouble that comes with supernatural creatures and magical powers killers on the loose, demons being summoned, bullies that can turn you into a slug I won t say that I expected to hate it, but I did expect to be bored I never imagined there would be moments that made me laugh out loud and annoyingly stereotypical bad boys that are actually hot enough to get away with being annoyingly stereotypical bad boys Yes, you heard me right another young adult novel with another hot but dangerous male love interest but this time I completely loved it Maybe my mid life crisis came early but I thought Archer was really hot If I d been at Hex Hall I know I would have both hated and wanted to be with him at the same time I think I liked him most because he had a sense of humour and didn t say really stupid cliched phrases like I m wrong for you because I m so badass okay, maybe it doesn t quite go like that but I hate literary heroes that believe they re so bad that they ve earned the right to apologise for it Ugh My point Archer wasn t like that.The mystery was alright but it wasn t my favourite bit the novel s strength was in the characters and the dialogue, not in the plot behind it all Basically someone died, someone was accused, real culprit was found out the end Probably was what stopped me from giving it 5 stars, my full marks demand a better story But what the heck, it was fun, I enjoyed it a lot, and I now have every intention of reading Demonglass. Archer is smart and funny in addition to being hot Elodie his girlfriend is stupid and dullThe second, the second, I read that line, I logged into Goodreads to check which year it was published 2010 Also known as YA s embarrassing puberty years I tend to stay away from books published during that time since they re filled with unhealthy romantic relationships and girl on girl hate YA now is like college you, all grown up and cringing at the occasional photo of your tween self that pops up on Facebook.Hex Hall is juvenile YA The writing is a inane version of Meg Cabot s style, filled with cutesy internal monologues and pop culture references The plot is an typical mystery type without much punch.And the girl hate God, the girl hateI turned and saw Chaston, Anna and Elodie walking toward me They looked amazing in the fugly gym uniforms ShockerUnlike Tina Fey s masterpiece, the girls don t make up and sing kumbaya I thought it was heading that direction for a while and was sadly let down view spoiler Elodie turns out to be a power hungry bitch after all Yeah, sure, she passes Sophie her powers in the end Cry me a river hide spoiler It s been years since I read Hex Hall for the first time and for some reason I got a strong feeling that I need to re read this one After six years So, here I m and this time in English.The main character is 16 which is a little younger than books I usually read right now But honestly I did not care at all Sophie is so damn hilarious I love that girl view spoiler But I need to take one star down for the instacrush instalove hide spoiler Well this is just the same old tired format for paranormal YA boarding school romps I ve seen the same story time and time again in books like Secret Lives,Evernight,Firespell, and it is just boring me.1 misfit teen sent to boarding school2 she doesn t want to be there3 gets on wrong side of popular bitches on day one4 instant crush on sexiest guy at school5 her only friend is a fellow misfit6 grim teachers7 obnoxious students8 murderer on the looseThe characters are either obnoxious muppets or cardboard cut outs that have no depth or interest to them The teachers don t seem to give a damn about discipline explain to me why the werewolf who attacked Sophie on her first minute on campus got no punishment Is attempted murder seen as acceptable at this school The only one who was given a stern talking to was the guy who saved Sophie by using magic to protect her from the werewolf Strange moral code from the head teacher don t you think As usual in these books, the kids do what the hell they like with the teachers ignoring them, which defeats the whole purpose of the school in my opinion These kids are sent to this school because they can t control their power so surely they should be watched closely I hate stupid plots like this sigh I think it s time to give up on these cloned books and pick up a proper urban fantasy book with a decent story and characters that don t bug me to death. HEX HALL is an insanely fun, hilarious, and HOT book I can t even tell you how many times I laughed out loud or had to put the book down because I was laughing so hard Sophie Mercer is now officially one of my favorite heroines and I just might be a little bit in love with Archer Cross, too I can t say enough wonderful things about this book, only that you need to pick it up ASAP when it debuts next March I m only sad that I have to wait so long to read the next book in the series 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, Aka 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, Especially Her Actual Rating 3.5 starsIt took me a while to start reading this book My last Rachel Hawkins one didn t attracted me that much and It s not an original plot A young witch who screw up and let humans see her magic Firstly, how can she be that dumb to show her magic to others like nothing Who she doesn t even know that well and is like let me be your fairy godmother Ops, sorry Then she is sentenced to a magical boarding school for delinquent supernatural beingsAnd there she makes friend with this pinky girly vampire who is her new roommate view spoiler And I loved how the homosexual card was played here Jenna is so sweat and her relationship with Sophie was really awesome I really liked that we have a book that finally portraits that having a gay girl friend doesn t means she will be different, or that she won t like pink or be feminine or even that she will like you She is just a sweat friend 3 hide spoiler
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