Title: Hex Hall (Hex Hall #1)
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Summary from Goodreads:
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 starts to converge, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her.
I wanted to like this book… I really did. I loved the sound of the story and I had heard such great reviews, but no matter how much I wanted to, I just could not stand the main character (which always sorts of ruins a book). I found Sophie Mercer to be incredible annoying and incredibly immature. The thought of a sixteen year old girl saying things like “yuck” and “eww” was just too much for me. She was also incredibly judgemental and kind of stupid. For example, who says “Bad dog” to the werewolf charging you? And the fact that that then became the inside joke between her and Archer was annoying. I didn’t find it funny the first time, much less the whatever th time they made the joke.
However, all that said, I am still reading the second book. Why? Because I like the premise of the book. I have never read a book with so many paranormal creatures. I mean, seriously, shapeshifters, werewolves, vampires, faeries, demons, and who knows what else. CRAZY! Plus, upon the end of the first book, I wanted to know what would happen next. Is the bad person really bad or just caught up in a net (don’t want to give away who the bad person is). Will Sophie give her Dad a chance? There are just so many things I want to know. So I will suffer through the incredibly annoying characters to get my answers. After all, I despised the character of Harry Potter but I loved the world JK Rowling created enough to continue to read them.
So, in conclusion, I hated the main character (though in all honesty, I hated almost every character) but I liked the “world” enough to continue. Sometimes there are books just like that. Maybe it is just that I want to love it because sometimes there are books you really want to love, or maybe I think there is hope for the second book, either way, I will continue it. The review for the second book should be up in a few days. It is due back to the library on Monday so I have to read it quickly.
So have any of you read this book? Did you like Sophie? Dislike her? What are your thoughts on this series?