Sophie Mercer is a witch. She’s been raised for the past 16 years by her human mom, but after a prom night gone bad, she’s shipped off to juvie for Prodigium (that is, fairies, witches and shapeshifters): boarding school Hex Hall. It’s not exactly something she wants to do, but given that the Council (the group of Prodigium that’s in “charge”) ordered it, there’s not much she can do.
Her roommate, Jenna (who turns out to be Sophie’s best friend as well), is the only vampire on campus, and currently the subject of a lot of suspicion, especially after the death of one of the students, a witch, at the end of last year. Why target the vamp? Well, it seems that the victim was drained of blood. And vampires do that, right?
Sophie finds herself caught up not just in daily life, which includes putting off the popular girls’ invitations to join their coven (and, of course, making enemies of them), and having a crush on the hottest warlock on campus, but dealing with the ever-increasing dual mysteries: who is targeting and trying to kill witches on campus and her own personal history.
In short: Hex Hall is not your average boarding school. And Sophie — our deadpan, sarcastic, brilliantly awesome heroine — is no ordinary witch.
Part boarding school story, part swoon-worthy teen romance, and part mystery, Hex Hall is all smart magical nonsense. And quite a bit of fun to read.
Rated: Mild for a couple of disturbing scenes and very few uses of mild swearing (most swearing is self-edited by the characters).