By Paige DeNardi
In Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins, a teenage girl named Sophie Mercer gets sentenced to a magic reform school for careless and ignorant use of magic. In her first week there she finds out she’s rooming with a vampire, is attacked by a werewolf, is shunned by the most popular girls in school for not joining their coven, and possibly has a crush on a taken man. When things start spiraling out of control for Sophie she has to find the strength in her own powers and rely on her friend Jenna to get her through. If she wants to survive she’ll need all the strength she can get.
The books theme is a mix between Harry Potter, Vampire Diaries, and awesome. The magic school and secrets from the past add and air of mystery to the book which leaves you intrigued and wanting more. For instance, when Sophie meets her great grandmothers ghost from the past, but she’s not quite like the other ghosts roaming around the school. She goes through half the book wondering why she’s like this, and how she can interact like a human. It’s really a great part of the book, and you know that because by the end you’re ready to pull your hair out in anticipation.
The author also uses blunt sentences leaving things clear. Like, she was dead. There’s no doubt left in you’re mind that that person is undoubtedly dead, and the straightforwardness of that statement really drives it into you’re brain. That, at least in my case, provoked some emotion because there was no hope of us ever seeing that character again. They were never coming back.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is interested in Harry Potter and or Drama. It has a great story line, and the characters all have certain comic traits about them which add some flavor to the book. The magic in the book is also described so vividly that when I was finished with each chapter I would check to see if I had any powers yet. I give this book a 5 out of 5.