Book Review: Hex Hall Series

Hex Hall is the 3 part series about Sophie Mercer, who is a Prodigium aka magical beastie. I’ll admit it, this was actually the first series I put on my Goodreads list years ago. Surprisingly, I didn’t get around to reading it until now, even though it was the first cover to pop on my “to-read” list every time I opened my page to find my next series. So, as you can see I finally got around to reading them. I got all three books at once from the library. I wanted some light reading; took me less than a day each to read all three books.

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.

Oh Hex Hall, where to begin. This series was just “ok.” But my inner-teen enjoyed it very much. It was simple, light reading full of magic, demons and hot boys. I know that this book was not meant for my age group, it’s definitely YA Paranormal for teens, probably 15 or 16 years old. But I wanted a break from heavier books and younger YA is always a nice sugary treat.

As I was saying Hex Hall is your usual YA paranormal story set in a “school for the gifted”. Full of your standard tropes: love triangles, bitchy mean girls, chosen-one syndrome, the list goes on… BUT it was executed in a way that didn’t cause too many eye rolls. Hex Hall fell victim to the three-book series grab, but the story line didn’t weaken much. In the end it was what it was: A marketable series for teens. (And I’m the grown adult reading them so who am I to judge?)

Aside from all the obvious tropes, I disliked the ending. (No Spoilers) It just seemed to end too quickly. The giant battle I was expecting fizzled out into convenient accidents and drawn out villain speeches. I’ve noticed this in other series (eg. House of Night), it’s almost as if the author gets tired during the last 100 pages and just sums it all up and ties it with a bow.

However, this series did leave me wanted to read more from Rachel Hawkins. Her next series Rebel Belle is now on my list… What can I say? YA is my not-so-guilty pleasure.

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