Author: Rachel Hawkins
Series: 1st in Hex Hall
Published: March 2010 by Hyperion
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. 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.
I Give This ...
This is one of those books that caught my interest, but not really enough to warrant swift action on purchasing the book. The more reviews I saw for it, the more I decided I wanted it. But for some reason, I waited until I won one of those contests were you can choose the book you want. And the rest is history.
Sophie is one of those characters that's laugh out loud funny. I loved her antics. I love the fact that she's a witch with no firm grasp on her own powers. It's fun that she develops such a crush on Archer, shuns the most popular girls in school, and her best friend is a much hated vampire. Plus, all these people seem to know more about who she is that Sophie does. I love all the banter between the characters. Even Elodie and her coven do some funny things at the expense of Sophie of Jenna (I for some reason thought it was hilarious that the inducted Sophie into their coven without her knowledge).
I would have like the story without the added mystery of the students being attacked. But, that plays into the story nicely. It helps Sophie realize her full powers and who her father really is. It will be interesting to see were the story goes and I hope the author keeps up the humor. It was one of my favorite things!