“I don’t know what I was expecting a vampire’s room to look like. Maybe lots of black, a bunch of books by Camus…oh, and a sensitive portrait of the only human the vamp had ever loved, who had no doubt died of something beautiful and tragic, thus dooming the vamp to an eternity of moping and sighing romantically. What can I say? I read a lot of books.”
Sophie Mercer came into her powers as a witch when she was 13. Only problem is her mom is a complete muggle and her dad, the warlock of the family isn’t around to provide any training. After one too many well-intentioned magical experiments goes amuck Sophie, now 16, is sent to Hex Hall, a boarding school for wayward magical folk. It doesn’t take long before Sophie is caught up in magical mysteries, teenage angst and a touch of romance…with the most popular girl’s boyfriend…of course.
What kept me reading all night until I’d finished was the snarky, sassy and intelligent banter of our main character Sophie. The pacing is fast and while you get to know Sophie’s inner thoughts it is the plot that drives the novel. Secondary characters are interesting but not overly developed and the romance elements add a splash of interest without being over the top. 2010, 323 pages.