June 8, 2012 by Heidi
Title: The Hex Hall series includes three books:
Hex Hall [Amazon|GoodReads]
Spell Bound [Amazon|GoodReads]
Author: Rachel Hawkins [Website|Twitter|Facebook]
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Published: The series is all out! The final book, Spell Bound,
released March 13th, 2012 by Hyperion.
Format: Hardcovers; Hex Hall is 336 pages, Demonglass is 359 pages;
Spell Bound is 327 pages.
Source: I borrowed this entire series from my local public library.
Now comes the time where I try to convince you to read a series that I love without presenting any spoilers! After all, nothing is more fun than picking up a series that’s entirely published, and devouring it. Here’s one you could finish in three days! Since I’m not posting full reviews for these books, let’s do this list style:
Reasons you haven’t read Hex Hall:
- The Covers. I get it, they’re not fantastic, and there is zero reason for there to be the fancy dress in the second one, let alone a cat. DO NOT FEAR: there’s not a single cat in any of these books. Sophie’s allergic. Also, the first and third covers make sense to me, even if they’ve again chosen a cover model that doesn’t’ look like our curly-haired protagonist (let’s talk about the lack of curly haired girls on covers shall we?).
- The premise. Um yeah. It’s about a boarding school for naughty witches, wizards, shapechangers, and fey. CHEESY AS HECK I know. But bare with me here because it is not your average YA paranormal, and it is so much better than it sounds!
- The title. Hex Hall? Really? Again, totally cheesy, but it’s the student’s nickname for Hecate Hall (the school), and considering that only the first book takes place entirely at Hex Hall, I’m not sure it was the best choice for the series. Also note that Rachel Hawkins herself had little to nothing to do with the naming process, so don’t look at it as indicative of her writing.
- Love triangle. Yep. There is one, I can’t deny that. I will say that it is not of the insta-love, we’ll be together forever variety. In fact, it’s a pretty legit development on both sides, and I totally loved both the guys involved (well, I loved one a little more than the other, but who wouldn’t?).
Reasons you should read Hex Hall:
- Sophie Mercer. Friends, Rachel Hawkins is hilarious. In turn, her lead woman, Sophie, is hilarious. Seriously. I know we see snark and sarcasm and funny in a lot of places, but rarely do you see it to this level in a character that just won’t quit. Sophie doesn’t tone it down when she’s uncomfortable or scared or nervous, she turns it up!
- The boys. Archer and Cal, man. I would be happy to make out with either of these dudes (if they were like 10 years older that is). Trust me, this is a love triangle you don’t want to miss.
- Kissing galore! You heard me. There are so many good kissing scenes in these books, if you don’t come away a satisfied reader, YOU DON’T LIKE KISSING.
- The girls. Okay the girl cast is just as awesome. Sophie’s roomie and best friend is a lesbian vampire with PINK HAIR. And the mean girls? They’re such quintessential mean girls in all of the best ways—including the art of the three-way glance. Elodie is one of my all time favorite frienemies.
- Unique lore. Rachel Hawkins creates such a cool world with all of the various paranormal creatures. I mean come on, THE Lord Byron is a vampire and a teacher at their school. How fun is that? I won’t say much lest I give anything away, but this really isn’t your average witch story.
- Twists! I tell you now YOU WILL NOT SEE IT COMING. And by ‘IT’ I mean a number of things, because this series is full of unexpected twists and turns that leave you somewhere you never thought you could be when picking up a book called Hex Hall.
Likelihood that I’ll be back for more: Get this, Rachel Hawkins is writing a spin off series and I am so excited. I’m not sure what character it is, but no matter who or what, I’m in. I’ll admit I had my issues with Spell Bound, but I still wholeheartedly enjoyed the series as a whole.
Recommended for: Anyone who enjoys fun YA paranormal. This series isn’t mopey and angsty, and where it is it mocks itself for it. It is fun, hilarious, and will put you on the edge of your seat in anticipation.