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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Rating

A few flaws but worth reading

20 comments:

  1. Love the review! I've had the 1st book for well over a year now but haven't read it yet. I will one day. :)

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  2. NATALIIIIIE! I'm so sorry it's taken me so long to catch-up, but I am SO EXCITED YOU'RE BACK AND BLOGGING AGAIN ♥

    I have had Hex Hall for coming up on 1.5 years now, and I STILL haven't read it -__-

    I love the sound of Sophie, but, err, the love triangle sounds PAINFUL. Wonderful review as always, lovely! ♥

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  3. I liked Sophie and the writing a lot but I really didn't like Archer, which made it hard to read some parts of the book. I just thought he was such a jerk!

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  4. I love this series, despite a couple of flaws. There was something so addictive about this series and I'm looking forward to reading more of the author's work in the future. Great review!

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  5. I enjoyed book 1 and 2 but not enough to finish the series. Thanks for the review. And so glad you're back, even if just for awhile.

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  6. I really enjoyed the first and second books, but the third was a let down. You're right about the love triangle. I was disappointed with her ultimate choice.

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  7. This was one series that was on my maybe YA list. The premise kind of reminded me of the BBC series but every time I hear the triangle persists for all 3 books, I just cringe. It will probably not end up on my list. I do like the covers though :)

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  8. I thought the first 2 books were rip offs of Gallagher Girls and Harry Potter, and I wasn't too impressed, so I didn't read the third.

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  9. Sounds cute. But I too am allll love triangled out.

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  10. Yeah, meh to the triangle but this is such a good series! Now, I just need to read the third one to finish it out. Plus, I'm looking forward to the spin off that's coming out this year.

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  11. Oh good to know. I think I'd have the same problems as you did. I won the second, but I think I'll library book the other 2. Still need to read it and it still sounds fun enough to give it a go!

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  12. I love the series, but I agree with you- even though I love Sophie and Archer's relationship.

    Great review!

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  13. I think I'll find these at my library and give them a shot at some point. The premise just sounds too fun! And if Sophie is an awesome MC I'll probably enjoy them. :) I think I'm almost getting back to the point where I can do love triangles again too. Yay! Great review as always Natalie!

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  14. Natalie!! HI :D

    I think you summed up my feelings perfectly. I really enjoyed Hex Hall and Demonglass when I read them ages ago, but looking back they're nothing... memorable, I guess? Entertaining, for sure, but probably not a re-read. I still need to get around to Spellbound and see how it all ends. I adored Sophie and Jenna aswell. Fantastic review!!

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  15. I read the first book in 2011 and liked it but haven't felt compelled to continue and
    I am with you on the love triangles, I despise them, maybe one day I will finish it but as for how too many other books to check out!

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  16. I moderately enjoyed the first two books, but I never really felt the need to read the third, even though I've owned it ever since it came out. The love triangle ruined it for me too, and I DID like Sophie, but her character was also kind of ruined for me through all the love triangle drama.
    I'm glad you had fun reading it, Natalie. :)

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  17. I read and really enjoyed the first in this series... and then never read the remaining books. Can't say that I'll pick them up (specially aftering seeing your review). Too many other good books to read :)

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  18. I feel so bad! I have read the first book. Loved it. Seriously. And then I never picked up the rest of the series. So many books, so little time. I def. should get the second book. :)

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  19. Ohh, you finally read this series! I really enjoyed it (well, at least the first two), although they're really more light entertainers. Sophie and Jenna were my favorite parts of the books, too.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

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  20. Aw, sorry you didn't like it as much. I do agree that the relationship aspect wasn't as in depth as I would've liked, but I still liked the boys enough. Sophie is a great character and I loved her throughout the whole series. It is really entertaining, and you do find yourself breezing through it all, but yes, the 1st book would have to be my favorite. Great review!

    Vivian
    Confessions of a Vi3tBabe
    Deity Island

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