Tuesday, July 6, 2010

review: Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

pub date: March 2010
publisher: Hyperion
pgs: 336 pgs
source: library

Sophie is a witch. After a love spell gone horribly wrong at prom, Sophie is exiled to Hex Hall, a reform school for prodigium (witches, fairies, shapeshifters, etc.).

This is an hilarious book that one reviewer I read described as a "supernatural spoof." I rather agree. Yet though this book seems fluffy at first glance, I thought it went deeper then just a spoof. There is a lot of prejudice between the different prodigium, especially towards Sophie's vampire roommate who also happens to be lesbian. Sophie's relationship with the school mean girl changes, as does the relationship with her cute boyfriend (the mean girl's boy, not Sophies). And Sophie's father and heritage is surprising and also opens up a can of worms different then I expected. Funny and surprising, a great supernatural read.

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