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 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. (Summary from goodreads.com)First sentence: "Felicia Miller was crying in the bathroom."
Cover: I really like the US cover with the reflection of Sophie in the water, but it also gives the impression of a light and funny read, which is true for the first half of the book. I'd take it over the UK cover any day, though.
My opinion: I picked Hex Hall as my next read because I wanted a funnier and more light read. I fear that it might not have been fair on Hex Hall to read it right after Nightshade, because that was some big shoes to fill. That said, I enjoyed this novel but I feel like I somehow could've enjoyed it even more. However, I did finish it in less than two days so that has to count for something.
Like in all first books of a series, a lot of time is spent building and explaining the world and I guess I've just read too many first books lately because I get a bit bored with that, although it is important. It just kind of slows everything down. But just like with Nightshade, this novel also picked up pace after a while. The second half of the novel kicks some serious butt.
The story is a first-person narrative told by Sophie, who is just wonderful. She's witty and sarcastic and kills with her one-liners. She is also sort of the underdog at Hex Hall, being a rather sucky witch having been raised by a human mother not knowing much about the magic world and I just love David- beats-Goliath-stories. As chance will have it, Sophie also befriends the least liked student in the entire school, the vampire Jenna. As for Archer, the love interest, I wasn't infatuated with him but I still hope he might show up in the sequel. He sure has some potential.