Friday, 30 April 2010

12+: Urban Fantasy: Hex Hall - Rachel Hawkins


In the wake of a love spell gone horribly wrong, Sophie Mercer, a sixteen-year-old witch, is shipped off to Hecate Hall, a boarding school for witches, shapeshifters and faeries. The traumas of mortal high school are nothing compared to the goings on at Freak High. It's bad enough that she has to deal with a trio of mean girls led by the glamorous Elodie, but it's even worse when she begins to fall for Elodie's gorgeous boyfriend, Archer Cross, and frankly terrifying that the trio are an extremely powerful coven of dark witches. But when Sophie begins to learn the disturbing truth about her father, she is forced to face demons both metaphorical and real, and come to terms with her own growing power as a witch.


When you’re looking for a new book in the Urban Fantasy genre its always refreshing to find something a little different to a number of titles out there. Whilst other authors like Richelle Mead have covered a supernatural school prior to this, its tended to be a more mundane single race establishment rather than a melding of the variety out there.

Within this offering is a whole host of people who learn in a reform school about how to meld with human civilisation and live in harmony as well as learning how to live with their powers. Add to the mix typical human emotional conflict accompanied by some great character growth and you have a special title for the 12+ market.


  1. Thanks for this! I might just have to go pick this up for my daughter. It sounds like something she'd love.

  2. This one has been on my tbr list for a month now.

  3. I love this book. Sophie is such a fun character. At 32 I am not too old to read this. :)

  4. I've been looking at this one. Glad to hear it's actually worthwhile.

    Now to just pare down my stack of stuff to be read...