Thursday, January 17, 2013

Review of the Hex Hall Trilogy by Rachel Hawkins

Hex Hall (Hex Hall, #1)Demonglass (Hex Hall, #2)Spell Bound (Hex Hall, #3)

Titles: Hex Hall, Demonglass, and Spellbound      
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Publication Date: March 2010-March 2012
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Source: Borrowed

Back Cover (First Book Only To Avoid Spoilers)

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 start to converge, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her.

In a Sentence

Though the Hex Hall series has a fun and engaging protagonist, it fell flat in several other areas.

My Thoughts

I've heard quite a few great things about Hex Hall and its sequels ever since the first book was released. I'd made a mental note to myself that I needed to read the series, and when my e-book hold came through at the library at the beginning of the week, I figured that now was as good a time as any to dive in and see what all the fuss was about. 

I immediately loved Sophie as a main character. I loved her humor, her wittiness, and her tendency to get herself into awkward and messy situations. Sometimes writers overdo the sarcasm and snarkiness in an attempt to be funny, but I didn't feel like this was the case with Sophie. Instead, I thought that her humorous side was evenly balanced with her ability to be serious, when the situation called for it. 

I also really enjoyed reading about Sophie's roommate and best friend, Jenna, a vampire and subsequently, an outcast in a school of paranormal teenagers who view vampires as monsters (anyone else see the irony here)? 

However, in spite of my enjoyment of the portrayal of Sophie and Jenna, I had a few issues with the series as well. First of all, the romance aspect of the trilogy included a love triangle, which many of you know is one of my biggest pet peeves. Furthermore, like with many love triangles, I found the one in the Hex Hall series to be full of stereotypes and cliches...not to mention predictable. I also had trouble not being skeptical of Sophie's feelings, not only because she waffled back and forth between two boys, but because her actual relationship with one of those boys seemed to essentially be a glorified crush that didn't have a lot of depth to it. 

In spite of my issues with the series, I read it in three days, so the books were an entertaining way to pass the time. Though I liked Sophie a lot as a main character, and I thought that the first book showed a lot of potential for the series to further develop, what I saw in Demonglass and Spellbound wasn't enough for me to feel satisfied with the story as a whole. I'm still glad that I read them, but I'm glad that I checked them out from the library and didn't purchase them, because I'm fairly certain I won't have a desire to reread them in the future. Still, the Hex Hall series has a lot of fans out there, so you might want to do your own research before deciding to read or pass on them!


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