Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

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’ve read a lot of paranormal young adult books lately. Hex Hall was a great addition to the genre. Most books in this genre are completely predictable but this one was not. I thought I had figured out the “mystery” element in this book but twists and turns near the end caught me off guard. Kudos to Rachel Hawkins because it’s not very often I’m taken by surprise.

Hex Hall has a cliff-hanger ending. Book 2 in the series comes out in March and has been added to my to-read list. I’m looking forward to seeing where this series goes.

Content: There are some content issues making this a book I’d only recommend to older teens/adults – there is language and innuendo throughout as well as a gay female vampire.

Rating: 4 Stars.