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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Daring You To Read … Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins


I’ve reviewed both Demonglass and Spell Bound in the past few weeks, so I thought I would dare you to read the first book in the series, Hex Hall. Rachel Hawkins penned an awesome series and her debut novel sets the table for great entertainment.

Hex Hall features Sophie Mercer, an half-witch raised as a human by her single mother, ends up at Hecate Hall, a reform school for special (see magical) kids after a love spell gone bad. The objective of the school is to re-educate witches, shape-shifters, faeries and the likes that exposed magic in the human world.  Sophie knows nothing about this whole hidden society and one of the great aspect of this novel is that you learn everything there is to know alongside the protagonist.

The main plot line revolves around a series of murder and Sophie’s roommate, a vampire with an unhealthy passion for pink, is the main suspect. Despite this macabre setup, this young adult novel has a light spirit and is a quick and fun read.

Without pretention, Hex Hall was a great read on its own, but as the series progressed, each book gets better and better. You can really tell Hawkins’ writing progressed over the years and the last instalment, Spell Bound, is far from the bubbly beginnings. Sophie kept her endearing personality but matured a lot and that development was particularly interesting to witness.  

I seriously hope you will take my dare and give this great YA series a shot!

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins Young AdultThree 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, especially her.

Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository

Also in the series:

Demonglass (Hex Hall, #2)Spell Bound (Hex Hall, #3)

Daring You To Read is a weekly feature here on Tynga’s Reviews where we dare you to read some of our favorite older releases (at least 6 months old). All the books/series we choose to feature are titles we adored and think you should give them a shot! We think it’s a super awesome way to discover that special book who might have slipped off your radar!

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Tynga is a 32 years old mom of two, from Montreal, working as a lab technician in an hospital specialized in heart disease. In her free time, she enjoys reading all things Paranormal and photography.

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4 People left their mark' :

  1. I really liked Hex Hall! It surprised me when I first started reading it, I really didn't think it would be as good as it was. So I really enjoyed it :)

    Miss J @ Miss Book Reviews

  2. I loved this series Only got the chance to read them in December but it was great and now I have to read School Spirits, already got my copy but I'm waiting for a closer date to the release.

  3. I really liked this series. I have to say that Hex Hall is my favorite of all the books though. Definitely a fun read! I'm going to be reading School Spirits soon.

    Tressa @ Tressa's Wishful Endings

  4. I saw School Spirits up on NG the other day and when i saw it was a splinter - it makes me want to read this one anyway!
    Pabkins @ My Shelf Confessions