Hex Hall

Hex Hall

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When Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, she is exiled to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.
Publisher: New York : Disney/Hyperion Books, c2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781423121398
Characteristics: 323 p. ; 22 cm.


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Oct 24, 2020

I loved it, I definitely recommend this book to others, I have read it maybe for the fifth time now and I don't think I'll ever get bored of it.

Aug 10, 2020

Sophie Mercer is a witch. She lives with her mom, a mortal, and doesn't really know her dad, a warlock. After a spell she casts at her high school prom goes way wrong, Sophie gets sent to Hecate "Hex" Hall, which is basically a reform school for magical beings. Shortly after her arrival, another witch is brutally attacked and the other students blame Sophie's roommate Jenna, a vampire. Sophie tries to clear Jenna's name while also trying to avoid falling for the school's resident hottie.

This was so much fun! I devoured it. Sophie is clumsy and goofy and funny and just so relatable to every girl who wasn't part of the beautiful mean girl crowd in high school. Jenna is adorable. How can you dislike a vampire whose favorite color is hot pink?

The pacing of the mystery is spot-on and while I had theories that got a little close to the truth, I was still surprised by the ending.

But holy Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Batman, some elements of this book and that show were eerily similar. This book was published years before the Netflix show (I recommend seasons 1 & 2 but I was horribly disappointed by the silliness of season 3) but I haven't watched the '90s show or read the comics so I don't know who influenced whom, but it was impossible not to picture the three dark witches as The Weird Sisters or Archer as Nick Scratch. Still, it's all fun, I just felt it was worth mentioning.

I highly recommend this for anyone in need of a fast-paced, well-characterized fantasy. I'll be picking up the sequel soon.

Apr 15, 2018

I don't care what age, but foul language is NEVER appropriate. Kid handed it back and said, she no longer wanted to read it due to its use of bad words.

Oct 17, 2017

I read this book last year, still one of my favorites!

sarahbru17 Jul 07, 2017

Characters: 8/10
Plot: 9/10
Writing: 8/10
I really loved the narration on this audiobook. Cris Dukehart did such nice impressions of all of the characters and her speech was very expressive. I listened to the whole thing in three days, and it just flew by.
This had some really great twists, some of which I saw coming and others that I didn’t expect at all. Even the things that I did see coming came about in unexpected ways. Sophie did some dumb things at points, but I think that humanized her more than it made her unlikable. There was definitely a strong "Mean Girls" vibe with Elodie, Anna, and Chaston. I thought the side characters were pretty great, especially Jenna, and the romantic sub-plot was fairly standard but still exciting. Hawkins' world-building was done well with the three primary categories of Prodigium. The ending definitely left us on a cliff-hanger, so I eagerly look forward to reading the sequel.

Apr 14, 2017

I loved this book. It's still one of my favorite series. I definitely recommend anyone to read it

Oct 06, 2016

omg this is one of the best books i have read. and that is a lot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jul 12, 2016

As soon as I got through the first few chapters I couldn't put it down. I read all three books in less than a week including the companion book School Spirit. I love Sophie's character she is very funny and interesting, her action keep me on edge and make me want more.

theycallmehoops Jul 13, 2015

What a great book about a girl going to magic school! I read all three books in about two days - couldn't put them down.

Jul 11, 2014

I think Hex Hall was a great book and I loved it. I read the book really fast.
I don't know why but when I don't like something it is really easy to say why I don't like it, but when I like something it's difficult for me to say why, I just do. Thats why this review was hard for me to write but I finally got somewhat of an explanation for me to say why I liked it.
It could be Sophie, the main character. She is just an enjoyable protagonist. She's caring, open-minded, a good friend, and she might be a little gullible at times, but I mean that is what makes her so great. She isn't a perfect character, she makes mistakes and we get to laugh at her for it. Well sometimes.
Or maybe it was the plot. I will admit at times it was a little predictable, but it was never at a slow pace. And I might have thought I knew what was going on, but then Rachel really threw me for a loop. I'm sure it will leave you craving the next novel (Demonglass ) as much as I am.
Or maybe the writing I really liked who she made it simple and addicting. In the end it is all of it that made me love it so much.

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Jul 13, 2013

"BAD DOG!" - Sophie Mercer, Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

Aug 15, 2012

"Her bun is impressive." ~ Sophie Mercer

Aug 15, 2012

"I'm experiencing some teenage angst. I need to like, go write in my diary or something." ~ Sophia Mercer

crystal_dark Aug 15, 2012

“Hey,you might be able to take away my magical powers, but the power of sarcasm was still at my disposal.”
― Rachel Hawkins

crystal_dark Aug 15, 2012

“The "Holy-crap-that's-a-lot-of-pink" Zone would have been a more accurate description.
I don't know what I was expecting a vampire's room to look like. Maybe lots of black, a bunch of books by Camus...oh, and a sensitive portrait of the only human the vamp had ever loved, who had no doubt died of something beautiful and tragic, thus dooming the vamp to an eternity of moping and sighing romantically.
What can I say? I read a lot of books.
But this room looked like it had been decorated by the unholy lovechild of Barbie and Strawberry Shortcake.”
― Rachel Hawkins, Hex Hall

crystal_dark Aug 15, 2012

“He raised an eyebrow, which made me totally jealous. I've never been able to do that. I always just end up raising both of them and looking surprised or scared instead of sardonic.”
― Rachel Hawkins, Hex Hall

Ólive May 29, 2012

lol"BAD DOG REALLY" this is stupid.

Aug 03, 2011

I couldn't bring myself to say "Archer" out loud. I'd have felt like I was in an episode of Masterpiece Theatre: "Archer! Let us fetch a spot of tea, old boy!"

Jan 06, 2011



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crystal_dark Aug 15, 2012

Violence: Has detailed scenes

Ólive May 29, 2012

Violence: bad

Ólive May 29, 2012

Coarse Language: bad

Ólive May 29, 2012

Sexual Content: bad

paigers9081 Sep 24, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

paigers9081 Sep 24, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

paigers9081 Sep 24, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.


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crystal_dark Aug 15, 2012

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 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. (From Goodreads)

Jun 24, 2012

After totally blowing a prom night spell, Sophie is required to attend a reformation school for faeries, witches, etc. She then falls in love with a handsome warlock, has 3 of the most popular, prettiest girls as her enemies, and a vampire as her roommate/best friend. Sophie later discovers that her dad is the head of the Council who sent her to Hex hall, and that an organization called The Eye wants to destroy Hex hall and especially, her. How will things turn out?

Ólive May 29, 2012

sophie has tried one too many times to help the hapless htaans in her school and is now required to attend a reformation school for the paranormally inclined. however when sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom night spell gone horribly wrong.

Jan 02, 2012

Sophie has tried one too many times to help the hapless teens in her school and is now required to attend a reformation school for the paranormally inclined. Her bum luck? Granted a vampire roommate who may be linked to the death of her last roommate. She falls in love / hate with the school's resident hottie, comes afoul of the wanna-be dark witch coven and learns far more about herself than she ever wanted to.

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