Title: Hex Hall
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Good if...you liked Evernight and want the witch version.
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 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.
Okay--what's not to like? A girl, who's a witch, goes off to witch school where there are witches, warlocks, shapeshifters, fairies, ghosts, and even a vampire. The concept of this book is awesome even though I don't think Rachel Hawkins executed it quite to it's fully potential. Don't get me wrong--I really liked this book--I just wanted a little more. Witches were the main focus of the story and the other creatures (aside from her Vampire roommate) didn't get much play. But I did love all the spells, the cool magic, and her friendship with Jenna. My least favorite part of this book was all the unanswered questions at the end--I know that's the point of having a sequel but I needed just a little more closure. I guess I'll have to wait for DEMONGLASS which is due out in March 2011. Oh, and this really reminded me of the vampire novel EVERNIGHT only I liked Evernight just a bit more.