I binge read the entire Hex Hall Series this month and it was awesome! I haven't binge read a whole series, one after the other and finishing it, in forever. I decided to review the series, instead of individually, because they have kind of blended together in my mind.
Hex Hall, Demon Glass, and Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins
Genre: YA Paranormal
About Hex Hall:
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.
The Hex Hall Series = FUN! There is something so comforting and heartwarming about YA Paranormal especially ones set at boarding schools or just have this light feeling. It puts me back in middle school and what I was reading then. I don't know why I had never read this series before now, because it is such a me series. This series is a bit old, I know.
Sophie was an awesome main character. I loved her sarcasm and her wit. I laughed out loud so much during this book. She is smart and strong. She was a perfect heroine and I loved reading about her adventures. I loved that her mind worked in weird and unusual ways. She was easy to relate to despite all of the crazy stuff going on in her life.
I loved Sophie's parents and I love that they are present. I love that she gets her sarcasm from her British father. It was just great. Jenna is awesome. I loved seeing their friendship grow throughout the series. I also really enjoyed that she was gay, but it was just a part of her character and no one judged who she loved it was just a fact. It was really sweet to see in YA. Elodie really grew on me and by the end of the book I really liked her.
There was a bit of a love triangle, but I don't think Sophie ever really thought there was a triangle. She was always all about Archer. I really liked Archer in the first book, but after that I was all for Cal. OMG, after the end of Spell Bound I have so many feelings about that ending. I loved Cal and he was perfect. Ugh, I might start crying. Don't look at me!
I loved that this was set at a boarding school for the majority of the series. There is something so exciting about YA paranormal boarding schools. I wish we got a bit more focus on some of the other paranormals. The twists and turns were really great. I loved all of the magic and the action in this series.
I really enjoyed this series. It didn't blow me away though. I had so much fun reading it, but I never had a lot of "this is amazing and an all time favorite" feelings when reading it. I gave all of the books a solid 4 star rating. I think I enjoyed Hex Hall the most of the series. Demon Glass I was ready to give 3 stars, but I really enjoyed it. I was going to take a star away for Cal for Spell Bound, but I felt like I should honor him with a star.
This series was just a joy to read and I had so much fun reading them. I read Hex Hall in a day and pretty much read the series in two weeks. It just fills me with so many feelings. It really reminds me of C.C Hunter's Shadow Falls Series, which I need to finish as well. I will get over my commitment issues with series, I swear. I have heard great things about the spin-off book School Spirits. I also need to read Rebel Belle now!
Have you read Hex Hall? What did you think? What was the last series that you binge read? Also, do you have any YA paranormal boarding school book recommendations for me?