Publisher: Hyperion Books
Date Published: 2nd March 2010
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 tag-along 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.
This book is told in the first person from the perspective of the main character, Sophie. I enjoyed the general sarcastic tone of Sophie’s voice as well as the development of her character.
The development of Sophie’s character through the novel as she learns more about her heritage and the powers she has and risks she will face was thoroughly enjoyable.
Through the book, Sophie slowly discovers more about being a witch, her family history and who she can and cannot trust. Through these revelations Sophie grows as a person and the reader gets to see Sophie slowly accept who she is and her inner powers.
Believing in yourself: Sophie suffers from a lack of self-confidence through the novel and has to believe in herself and her powers to be able to gain control.
Destiny: The idea of a pre-destined path for the protagonist is examined and whether or not one can choose their own destiny.
Friendship: Sophie befriends someone who is an outcast and faces scrutiny and bullying about this. However, this does not sway Sophie’s decision.
I enjoyed the development of this new paranormal system and the Harry Potter-esque boarding school for witches, warlocks, faeries, shifters and the occasional vamp. The idea was very well carried out and had me waiting for the big reveal.
This is part of a series and I am already looking into getting book two.
Keep Calm and Read On,