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Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins


Hex Hall book cover

If you are sad that your letter from Hogwarts never arrived, then never fear: Hex Hall accepts anyone. Well, the bad ones at least. So if you secretly think you are a witch or wizard but can’t seem to make that feather levitate like Hermione, or say maybe that feather exploded and blew up your school’s chemistry lab, you would definitely be darkening the doors of Hecate Hall, aka Hex Hall.

Hex Hall is a reform school where young witches, wizards, fairies, shifters and vamps go when they have put their kind at risk in the human world. Sophia Mercer is just such a witch, albeit it isn’t her fault, having grown up with a human mother, no knowledge of her magical abilities until puberty, and no formal training. So of course things go horribly wrong, how could they not?

Just like another famous wizard, Sophie knows little about her wizarding family or the ways of Prodigeum.  Not only is she behind in magical ability, but she is also unaware when it comes to the politics. Sophie quickly makes enemies, is roommate to the most hated student, and develops a futile crush. 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.

She is at times angsty, but for the most part Sophie is funny and real. Recommended for mature teens and fans of Rainbow Rowell’s Carry On and Rowling’s Harry Potter.