Written by: Rachel Hawkins
Released: March 2, 2010 by Hyperion Book CH
Summary: 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 should have written this review so long ago it’s not even funny. And I don’t know why it has taken me so long to getting around to writing it, especially since I’ve written several between the time of this book being read and this review being written, but whatever the reason here it is.
This was a debut novel that I greatly enjoyed though it took me a few chapters to get into it. I was fond of the characters and the idea of a supernatural boarding school – though as I write that it makes me all déjà vu and I can’t think of why – and the book showed great promise for the rest of the following books.
I enjoyed Sophie as a character and her transformation was one that I didn’t expect in any way shape or form... until I read the summary for Demonglass and the last few pages of the book way before I should have.
I can’t wait to read more about these characters and to find out what happens next. But I think that I’m going to cut this review short purely because I’m having such trouble writing it. I mean, I finished reading this in October. Way overdue review.
So, for now I’m leaving it with a 7/10 and the anticipation for the next novel.