Hex Hall (Hex Hall, #1)Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So a girl discovers that she’s a witch and is sent to a school for witches, weres, shifters, faes and one or two vamps. Sound familiar?

Fortunately, this funny and entertaining read is completely different from Harry Potter. However, there is one sly reference to it amongst a whole bunch of other pop culture references. It’s told in first person from Sophie Mercer’s perspective, a sixteen year old girl who realised that she was a witch when she was thirteen. However, after one love spell doesn’t quite go according to plan, she is sent to Hecate Hall, or as the students call it, Hex Hall.

It’s not long before Sophie becomes best friends with her roomie, a vampire suspected of killing a witch, alienating a coven and insulting a teacher resulting in a semester long detention in a cellar. In other words, Sophie, whilst being a typical teenager is funny and sarcastic and really easy to like and understand.

The mystery starts when the members of the coven that she is unwittingly a member of are attacked in the same manner as the witch who died before Sophie joined the school. Naturally, all evidence points to the only vampire student in school, Sophie’s best friend, Jenna.

However, there are a couple of twists in the tail, one that is pretty obvious but that I admit that I didn’t see coming until Sophie herself did.

All in all, a solid four out of five stars for this and I shall certainly be getting the sequel, Demonglass.

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