Series and Book #: Hex Hall #1
Three years ago, Sophie Mereer 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.
This was such a fun, suspenseful, unique book with a hilarious and sarcastic MC. All of Rachel's characters were well put together and she did an amazing job of explaining Sophie's world.
Sophie was brilliant. She was so witty and sarcastic while everyone else was serious. Her situation was different than other Prodigium because she was raised by her human mother, so she has to learn everything about being a witch from scratch, and she hates it. But with her friend Jenna, the only vampire student at Hex Hall, she's back to her usual self, cracking jokes that virtually no one else finds funny. I think Rachel did an excellent job building up the secondary characters as well.
Hex Hall was a perfectly written place, from Sophie's first impressions, to when she's exploring for fun. Rachel wasn't very detailed, but she did show us what Hex Hall was like, and I could see the people and places as I read the book. The old-looking mansion on the outside, the woods surrounding the school, and the classrooms were all explained very well, and I loved that I was able to have a picture in my head.
Overall, this was a fantastic read and I'm totally zipping through Demonglass, the sequel. Rachel's writing was amazing, Sophie was the best, and the rest of the characters, figures, and places in Hex Hall were awesome. I can't wait to learn more about Sophie's magical abilities and the rest of the magical world in the next book!
The Cover: I love how it has both Sophie and her ghostly friend on the cover, along with the pond that's beside Hex Hall. It's pretty awesome.