Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Page Count: 323
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.
I’m so happy I managed to finally get this book. I had my skepticism about how good this was going to be since the hype about it was pretty high, and from past experiences not a lot of young adult novels live up to their hype. However this one does, it’s a wonderful and gripping story.
It is a fairly quick and easy read, but there was the feeling of something slightly missing but it wasn’t terribly overwhelming. The story seems like it would be just about witch story but it has it’s own little unique quirks that make this a new experience. Sophie is a great character and very down to earth, she’s got a great personality and there are moments when you think “that’s what I would say/do”. It’s great that the character felt so real. I really liked her friend Jenna, who is a vampire…and adores pink. Archer Cross is definitely worth swooning over and so is Cal…though he doesn’t get very much in the way of face time. The plot and premise is fairly unique once you get past the slight similarities to Harry Potter, which in truth don’t even need to be compared because the stories are different. Overall a very wonderful book. I was expecting the explanation that was given for the magic, nor was I really expecting her absent father to have an real part in this. I really enjoyed this and I can’t wait to read the second one, I actually might start it immediately.
I would recommend trying to find a copy of this to read. I know some female Harry Potter fans would really like this book.