Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Hex Hall

Hex Hall

Rachel Hawkins
Fiction  Series
For ages 14 and up
Hyperion Book, 2011   ISBN: 1423121392

For twelve years, Sophie Mercer was a perfectly ordinary girl living a perfectly ordinary life. Then she came “into her powers” and ever since then she has been able to do magic. Sophie is a witch, a Prodigium or a magical individual who can cast spells at whim. Unfortunately, many of Sophie’s spells have backfired in some way and because of this, Sophie and her mother have had to move countless times. After a love spell goes wrong it is decided that the best thing to do is to send Sophie to Hecate Hall, a “premier reformatory institution for Prodigium adolescents.”

Not having grown up surrounded by other Prodigium, Sophie does not know much about the world she has been forced to join. All of a sudden, she is rubbing shoulders with fairies, witches, warlocks, and shapeshifters. She even has a vampire for a roommate. To say that the whole thing is weird is an understatement.

Almost at once Sophie gets into trouble. The popular girls take pleasure in picking on Sophie, and when she refuses to join their coven, they get even nastier. She has a major crush on an arrogant warlock, and she discovers just how clueless she is. Apparently, her warlock father (whom she has never met) is one of the people who decided to send her to Hecate Hall, and he is able to do this because he is a very high-ranking member of the Prodigium Council. In addition, there are enemies who have made it their life’s work to do their best to wipe every Prodigium off the face of the earth. Great. Could things get any worse? Unfortunately, they can.

This is a first book in what promises to be a very exciting series. Readers will be fascinated by the Prodigium world, its characters, and its history. They will be eager to find out how Sophie copes with her terrifying legacy, and how she and her friends protect themselves from the dangers that surround them.