Monday, May 24, 2010

Book Review: Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

I have to start by saying that Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins is not my typical read. Everyone I know has been raving about it, but I still didn't have any plans to read it. Then I went to the AL Book Festival with my Nestie Besties and not only heard the author read from the book, but also met her and got a signed copy. No I'm not giving it away. So even though paranormal/fantasy YA is TOTALLY not my thing (maybe I should say was not my thing since I've read several lately) I just had to try it because the author is hilarious and so nice and did I say hilarious?

Life and moving conspired to keep me from reading it for a while, but after an exhausting (and super fun) weekend with Crystal and her hubs I decided to give myself a break from unpacking and spend Sunday afternoon reading it. I couldn't put it down. Literally. I read the whole thing from start to finish without putting it down. Poor Luke and Sly were completely neglected. And it was awesome! I'm in love with the characters, especially Jenna. And I never saw the ending coming. Ever. And the book was laugh-out-loud funny. Are you ready for heresy? I liked it more than Harry Potter. I'm not even kidding people. It's about a school for Prodigium (those with magic - shape shifters, warlocks, witches, faeries) who aren't quite cutting it in the real world. The author described it at her reading as "What if you went to Hogwarts and it sucked". Have I said yet that it's hilarious? Of course I also love the Georgia setting and with the humidity this weekend I could totally appreciate her references to the misery of summer in the South.
Thank you Rachel Hawkins for an awesome book!


  1. YAY! I'm glad you finally got to read something that had been on your TBR list for a while and I'm glad you liked it!

  2. I am right there with you on this one, Julie! I read it in one night as well, and thought it was fantastic!