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 tag along ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and 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.
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.
To be honest, the book cover intrigued me and that’s mainly the reason I decided to check this out. I don’t know. Yeah it’s beautiful. Not gorgeous really, but I find it interesting. Plus the roundup. Anything with magic on it is an interesting read. Well I think it’s just me. I’ve read awesome reviews also so I really think those are enough reasons for me to like this.
I didn’t regret it. I love the writing. This is an easy read and a feel good book. I love those books that are not complicated enough for me to rack my brain with every pages ’cause reading is supposed to be comforting. Right? Anyway, the book is also pretty amusing and funny, despite the dark past that hovers on the main character and the people around her. I found myself grinning the whole time. In reading the synopsis, one could easily say that this is a Harry Potter rip-off or a lame version of The Mortal Instruments. Wrong. This is somehow a mashed up. An excellent one for that matter. I believe Hawkins knew that comparison is inevitable so she acknowledged it and made sure -I think- that this will be something in between. Less thorny, but definitely entertaining. The plot is cliche, I must admit. The usual unintentionally troublemaker girl that doesn’t know she is powerful, sucks on her craft and that is bound to be the most powerful girl in their world. The whole keeping it charade of the people she loves. So much for keeping her “safe“. A whole lot of secrets to unravel and to learn. The Mean Girls version of the Hecate Hall reminds me so much of the movie The Craft. Gorgeous girls that have bullying for a hobby or perhaps they’re just misunderstood? Who knows? The mysterious guy who’s a campus crush, unfortunately boyfriend of the Mean Girls’ leader and the main characters’ love interest. The best friend who is being bullied by almost everybody at school for being different -I love her by the way-. The teachers for being equally strange and the whole school for being so creepy. Not to mention that the school is being referred as “The Juvie for Monsters” by Sophie, the main character. The thing is, the moment you’ve decided that this is not out of the ordinary, it will surprise you with twists and events you weren’t expecting. That’s how the book hooked me. Despite the cliche things I listed, there is something -if it’s not the twists- interesting about it that I can’t point my finger to. There is depth to it. Darker things that are not being touch yet, but somehow slightly given. It has me reading and wanting for more. That’s important, I guess.
The book is special somehow. I love it. I can’t put it into words and you might want to read it so you would understand. Of course, we may have different views about this, I perfectly understand that, but I’m recommending this to everyone. Especially those who are seeking an easy and humorous read. I’m definitely going to read the rest of the books from this series.
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