Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

Hex Hall
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 read all three books in the series, and to be honest, they really are not that bad. In Hex Hall, the very first sentence that grabs you and makes you want to read the rest of the book, but you find yourself picking things that are from one very popular book series. Hex Hall to me was trying to imitate the Harry Potter books, only this time Harry is a girl named Sophie and when Sophie lost control of her powers in front of the public her father sends her to Hex Hall which is like a juvenile detention for supernatural creatures.

The books idea was intriguing which is why I chose to read it. Book two just had that typical love triangle that gets really annoying in books, and Sophie finds out she's a demon. Book three had to have been the one book in the series that got on my nerves. The plot just ended suddenly, and was too abrupt for example like how the whole war took five pages to write? Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows used about 75% of the last book writing about the wizardry world war, wars can be written in books. Also the way Hawkins handled the love triangle within the characters was just torturous to those characters, I mean killing off the fiance? That's horrible, and the plot was too cliche. Hawkins also has releasing this year a spin-off series she is writing for this book series as well. I personally felt like the author was trying to copy the Harry Potter books along with the Vampire Academy, and the popular Disney movies played in the early 2000 the Halloweentown movies. I feel like I'm reading the movie because so many of the themes are so familiar.For example in Harry Potter, boarding school where they learn magic, courses to learn spells, powerful headmaster, relationship between headmaster and student, and student is chosen one? Then from the Vampire Academy, magic castle, vampires, courses learning how to fight, protagonist doesn't know their father, then learns the father is evil himself? 

It's feels like a lot of paranormal books are copying from the ones that are already popular, but try to make the story unique. Hawkins is not a bad writer, but there was too much hopping back and fourth between storylines, and I wish there were some more elements that she created herself than what was from other sources with the same source material.