Overdue Book Review = Read in October 2012
Hex Hall series
Hex Hall, Demonglass, Spell Bound
By Rachel Hawkins
Genre: YA Fantasy
Big Themes: Magic, Friendship, Mystery, Trust, Family, Love, Boarding School
Summary: Sophie is sent away to Hex Hall after an incident makes clear that she can't control her magic powers. Hex Hall is a kind of juvie for magic users, and holds an assortment of magical youth, such as: witches, warlocks, shapeshifters, faeries, and even a vampire.
What I Liked:
The Wit and Humor: The humor in this book was by far the most pleasant surprise as I picked these books up. Sophie is so witty and her sense of humor makes these books such a joy to read. It also gave Sophie a distinct voice as the narrator, which is always a plus.
The Plot: I wasn't really sure what to expect with these books, but what I got was a whole lot more than just a teen girl boarding school book. There are secret societies, family history, spies, dark magic, ghosts, curses, and mysteries throughout. The books were paced well with twists and turns and intrigue.
The Setting: Hex Hall is a memorable setting, and the kind of place I wish I could visit. While it wasn't Hogwarts, this boarding school was still complex and fascinating with it's own little secrets.
Villain: I got a little confused towards the end of the series on who the villain was and the whole politics/history bit. I would have liked to see more foreshadowing in regards to this as well as a more clear set-up/backstory.
Overall Rating: Four stars for being delightfully funny and intriguing series. While it's not Harry Potter in scope or complexity, it has a lot of similar charms.