Series: Hex Hall #1
Publisher: Disney Electronic Content
Date Published: 2010-05-29
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Paranormal, Young Adult
Audiobook Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
Audiobook Narrator: Cris Dukehart
Description: 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.
Hex Hall is probably the first book I truly enjoyed in MONTHS! Finally I came across a book that might get me out of my rut? The first thing that I immediately liked was Sophie already knew something about her special abilities, so this book did not fall into the way overused trope of paranormal YA where the main character discovers he or she is something not quite human and spends half the book denying it to themselves. You know I’m right about that – almost all the books I read start out like that. I also enjoyed that Sophie has a parental presence in her life. Sure, her Dad is absent, but in communication, and her Mom raised her knowing about Prodigium (witches, faeries, shape-shifters).
I liked Sophie right away with her trying to help her friend even though her spell backfired. She ends up at Hecate Hall, and she has to deal with normal new school blues and being treated like an outcast by other students and seems to be hated by many of the teachers. Sophie learns about a murder that took place at the school earlier, and then two other girls are attacked and nearly die in the same way. She t s to figure it out, mostly because everyone seems to blame her vampire roommate, but no one believes her that the school could have been infiltrated.
That’s what is great about this book – it has a lot of secrets. This book reveals pieces to the puzzle a bit at a time and I didn’t see the ending coming at all. That’s why I’m so excited. This book was not predictable, but instead was mysterious and intriguing the entire time. I was never bored and always wanted to keep going even though my commute was over. The twists and reveals at the end were awesome and there were many of them that were both intertwined and completely independent. I was sad that a character I liked ended up being tied up with the bad guys, but that reveal wasn’t even the beginning. Sophie does some kick-ass stuff to protect herself and stop the big bad of the story, which is awesome because who doesn’t like a character who comes into her own just in time. She finds out some truths about herself that aren’t quite easy, and makes a decision that sets up the next book.
Maybe my favorite thing was the book resolved the main issue and did not end in a cliffhanger! I’ve been reading too many books that just stop or really don’t do much in the first book – I hate that! So overall I’m just super excited that I read something I enjoyed so much when my reads up until this point have been mediocre at best. So yea, I definitely recommend this to people who enjoy a good paranormal YA.
I also wanted to add that the narrator is excellent. I enjoyed all the personality she put into her characters, and the accents and voices she did were great.