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Hex Hall
Rachel Hawkins
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From Publishers' Weekly:

Hawkins's proficient and entertaining debut is jam-packed with magical creatures and mystery. With no training on how to use the powers inherited from her absent warlock father, Sophie Mercer keeps making rookie mistakes that force her mother to move them around the country to avoid attention. But when, at age 16, Sophie makes a very public error with a love spell at the prom, she is sent to Hecate Hall, "the premier reformatory institution for Prodigium adolescents" (aka troubled shape-shifters, faeries, and witches like Sophie). She hits it off with her vampire roommate, Jenna, but three gorgeous and powerful witches have declared Sophie an enemy (she nicknames them the "Witches of Clinique"); she has a wicked crush on someone else's boyfriend; and at least one teacher is out to get her. When attacks on students get pinned on Jenna, Sophie is determined to find the true culprit. Sophie stumbles into answers more than searches them out, but the story is well paced and plotted with tween-friendly humor and well-developed characters, particularly awkward but compassionate Sophie. The ending satisfies while paving the way for future books. Ages 11-up. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Sophia Mercer is a young witch. She has a hard time keeping her powers to herself, which has resulted in 19 family moves over the past few years. When a spell goes horribly wrong on prom night, Sophia's absentee father, a powerful warlock, sentences her to exile at Hex Hall, a reform school for witches, warlocks, faeries, and shape-shifters. Even there, Sophie doesn't quite fit in. Mysteries about her family and dangerous school happenings help her unlock the answers as to why. VERDICT This series debut blends mystery, drama, fantasy, and a touch of romance. Cris Dukehart provides believable depth to Sophie and her high school cohorts. A fun, light read recommended for YA collections and those who enjoy the works of Cassandra Clare, Maggie Steifvater, and others in the genre.-Lisa Anderson, Metropolitan Community Coll. Lib., Omaha (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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