Thursday, June 5, 2014

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

So after reading the other reviews for this book on Goodreads, I really, really, wanted to like it. The main character Sophie Mercer was witty and sarcastic in all the right ways. Her angst filled crush on one of the most popular/bad boy persona guys in school was adorable and steamy. Her devotion to her roommate was fantastic. So why didn’t I absolutely love this book? Well…

The story takes place at a boarding school for witches, werewolves, faeries, shape shifters and warlocks called Hecate Hall. The year Sophie attends they’re just starting a new transfer student program for vampires and the other species aren’t too happy about it. While dealing with that, Sophie also learns that she is in danger from three different hate groups who are out to get her because her father is the Head of the Council. The boy that Sophie is crushing on – Archer – turns out to be working for one of these groups, and she finds out after she’s already fallen for him.

….does this plot sound familiar to anyone else? Except for a few minor plot points – like the whole Sophie versus Elodie/Anna/Chaston coven thing, Alice the ghost actually being a demon, and Mrs. Chaston the headmistress actually being really cool – you’ve pretty much got the plot to the Evernight series by Claudia Gray. That’s pretty much why I didn’t 100% love this book. At some points it got really predictable.

Final Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. Sophie’s character was funny, I just wish I hadn’t read this plot before.

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