Hex Hall #1 Dæmonens Hævn
Title: Hex Hall
Series: Hex Hall #1
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Published in English: 2010
Dansk titel: Dæmonens Hævn
Dansk Udgivelsesår: 2012
Finished Reading: March 2019
Genre: Fantasy & Young Adult
This is my personal review without spoilers of the actual plot.
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 tag-along 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 was pleasantly surprised by this boo because I nearly quit the genre altogether. Everything remotely related to vampires are out the question. The genre is worn down pure and simple. However, for some reason Hex Hall had a nice impact.
A school about witches and other supernatural creatures aren’t exactly original, Harry Potter, Vampire Academy and Shadow Falls, you name it have all been there, but this take on it, was actually surprisingly well done. The book contains everything you except from high school, the bullies, the arrogant high-strung bitches that rules the school, love affairs and so forth. Combine this with a bit of fantasy and you get something like Hex Hall.
To be quiet honest I expected to hate and loath this book! I never imagined there would be moments I’d start laughing and other times I’d be excited to see what would happen next.
Overall, where this book shines in comparison to other YA novels is the characters and dialogues not in the actual plot behind it.
I highly recommend young readers to take up this series because it’s an enjoyable, light fantasy read.