Hardcover, 323 pages
Published March 2nd 2010 by Hyperion Book CH
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 tagalong 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.
I really, really enjoyed this book. I have never read a book about witches before, so perhaps that added to my immense enjoyment. However guess what?! Not only were there witches, but warlocks, faeries, demons, vampires, shape shifters... I'm getting tired naming all these epic creatures!
Sophie was such a cool character! She was really witty and super funny, and even when situations got tough, she always blurted something out which just made me laugh out loud! I loved seeing her little crush on Archer develop too.
Admittedly this plot was a tad predictable at times apart from the ending, but you know what that doesn't even matter with all the other awesomeness within this book.
I especially enjoyed watching all the spells cast within this book and just all the magic involved, it's a shame there wasn't more really, cause that was one of my favorite bits. :D
Now, onto the ending. What a shocker ending! By the time I had finished the book, I just looked at it like 'Wait, what... but she.. I thought..' I love love LOVE endings like these, ones that spring up and surprise you!
Overall this book was a brilliant quick read, and I am so excited to pick up the next book in this series Demonglass.