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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

HEX HALL by Rachel Hawkins (Review & Giveaway)

HEX HALL
Source: Publisher 
* I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review*

  • Reading level: Ages 9-12
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion Book CH; 1 edition (March 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423121309
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423121305
SYNOPSIS:
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. 

MY THOUGHTS:
I was so excited to read this book and review it for you! It not only features witches, but it also includes fae, shapeshifters, vamp's, ghosts,  and were's.  A great mix of supernatural all in one book.  For me, this book was like a cross between Vampire Academy, Evernight and Sweet Valley High all rolled into one.  We had the teenage angst, the forbidden romance, supernatural plot and high school all mixed together with great characters!

I loved how the author brought the characters to life on the pages.  The story moved at a wonderful pace and before you even knew it, you were on the last few chapters.  Archer was the bad boy on campus that Sophie not only is falling in love with, but she can't stand him at the same time.  The author throws many plot twists to you and keeps you guessing on what is happening.

There was only one thing I didn't like about the book and that is the ending.  The book builds up to what you think would be a great climax near the end.  Then, within the last few short chapters, the battle is done.  I would have liked the climax to be drawn out by more than a few pages.  I will say that the story is left to where we can expect a sequel to this book.  The things that are left, really keep you interested enough to want to buy the next book in the series. 

A wonderfully written young adult book that I am sure will be a hit among the young adult community and adults!

MY RATING:



Very Good! Worth Spending Your Money on!


CONTEST CLOSED!!!!

GIVEAWAY:
Thanks to the publisher, I have one copy of Hex Hall and a Hex Hall T-Shirt to giveaway! These will come directly from the publisher. Here is the front and back view of the shirt that will be in your choice of S.M or L:


Here are the rules:

1. You must be a follower of my blog.
2. You must live in the USA or Canada only.
3.  Leave a comment on this post with your email address.

EXTRA ENTRIES:
Please leave each extra entry on a seperate comment to qualify!!!
+1 Follow me on Twitter
+1 Tweet about the contest
+1 Mention the contest on your blog

CONTEST WILL BE OPEN UNTIL 3/6/2010 AND THE WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON 3/7/2010.  YOU WILL HAVE 48 HOURS TO RESPOND OR ANOTHER WINNER WILL BE CHOSEN.

53 Comments:

Blogger Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

Sounds like you really enjoyed this!! It looks so good! I'd love to enter the contest!!

+1 I'm following you on twitter

+1 Tweeted here: http://twitter.com/in_the_hammock/status/9929338910

Thank you so much for the contest!! I'm also a follower of your blog :)

March 3, 2010 at 7:53 AM  
Blogger Zia said...

Would love to enter this contest.

I'm a follower of the blog also.

Zia
ziaria(at)gmail(dot)com

March 3, 2010 at 7:59 AM  
Blogger Kate said...

OMG love the shirts! And the book was great! I'd love to add it to my bookshelf.

I am a blog follower: Kate
kpic724 (at) gmail (dot) com

March 3, 2010 at 8:08 AM  
Blogger Kate said...

Twitter follower too!! @kpic724

kpic724 (at) gmail (dot) com

March 3, 2010 at 8:08 AM  
Blogger ninefly said...

sign me up! I'm an old follower =)

+1 tweet
http://twitter.com/angeltyuan/status/9930499569

thanks!
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March 3, 2010 at 8:24 AM  
Blogger rubynreba said...

The t shirt is so cute and I'd love the book. I am a follower.
pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

March 3, 2010 at 8:29 AM  
Blogger tetewa said...

I'm a follower, sounds good! tWarner419@aol.com

March 3, 2010 at 8:43 AM  
Blogger Stacy said...

I heard it was a big of a cliffhanger ending..but I still excited to read it!

I am a follower!

booknerdd(at)gmail(dot)com

March 3, 2010 at 8:48 AM  
Blogger Stacy said...

+1 follow on twitter as @wicked_walker

booknerdd(at)gmail(dot)com

March 3, 2010 at 8:49 AM  
Blogger Stacy said...

tweeted!

http://twitter.com/StuffdBookshelf/status/9929192518

booknerdd(at)gmail(dot)com

March 3, 2010 at 8:49 AM  
Blogger Stacy said...

contest on sidebar: http://wickedwalker.blogspot.com/

booknerdd(at)gmail(dot)com

March 3, 2010 at 8:51 AM  
Blogger Book Addict Girl said...

YAY! Great contest!

+1 following on twitter (@Lena1xoxo)
+1 tweeted: http://twitter.com/Lena1xoxo/status/9931704224
+1 posted on blog sidebar

Thanks for hosting this great contest!

*MWAH*

-Lena
longhorn08fan(at)gmail(dot)com

March 3, 2010 at 8:58 AM  
Blogger Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

I would love to enter this contest. It sounds like fun!
I am a follower.

michwerm@gmail.com

:)

March 3, 2010 at 9:24 AM  
Blogger elaing8 said...

please count me in.
I am a follower

elaing8(at)netscape(dot)net

March 3, 2010 at 11:05 AM  
Blogger elaing8 said...

llow you on twitter @elaing8
elaing8(At)netscape(dot)net

March 3, 2010 at 11:05 AM  
Blogger elaing8 said...

tweeted the giveaway
http://twitter.com/elaing8/status/9936308167
elaing8(at)netscape(dot)net

March 3, 2010 at 11:05 AM  
Blogger misskallie2000 said...

Loved your post. I have read several reviews and all were great. I would love to read this book and pass on to my 2 grandaughters.
Pls enter me in giveaway.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

March 3, 2010 at 11:27 AM  
Blogger misskallie2000 said...

I am a follower via GFC

USA/GA

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

March 3, 2010 at 11:28 AM  
Blogger Michelle G said...

I have had this book on my wish list for a while now. :)

Please enter my name for the contest.

Michelle
kweenmg at yahoo dot com

I am a follower. :)

M

March 3, 2010 at 1:14 PM  
Blogger xxsquigglesxx said...

Please enter me! I am a follower.

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March 3, 2010 at 1:38 PM  
Blogger xxsquigglesxx said...

I am a twitter follower (squiggles87).

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March 3, 2010 at 1:38 PM  
Blogger xxsquigglesxx said...

I tweeted:

http://twitter.com/squiggles87/status/9941908265

xxsquigglesxx(At)gmail(dot)com

March 3, 2010 at 1:40 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

I've seen ads for the book and it looks like fun. I follow on Google.

mamie316(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

March 3, 2010 at 1:48 PM  
Blogger throuthehaze said...

Count me in please. I am a follower

Raelena
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March 3, 2010 at 1:54 PM  
Blogger throuthehaze said...

follower on twitter @throuthehaze
throuthehaze at gmail dot com

March 3, 2010 at 1:55 PM  
Blogger I Heart Book Gossip said...

Please count me in. I've been dying to read this book.

+1 Follow you on Twitter
@iheartbkgossip

+1 Tweet about the contest
http://twitter.com/iheartbkgossip/status/9943960690

+1 Blogged
http://juniperrbreeeze.blogspot.com/2010/03/march-contests.html

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March 3, 2010 at 2:40 PM  
Blogger jemscout425 said...

count me in
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March 3, 2010 at 2:50 PM  
Blogger Shooting Stars Mag said...

i follow and would love to read this.

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March 3, 2010 at 2:50 PM  
Blogger jemscout425 said...

follow on twitter Jemsout425
pksanddancer(at)yahoo(dot)com

March 3, 2010 at 2:50 PM  
Blogger Shooting Stars Mag said...

i follow on twitter: @shootingstarmag

lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

March 3, 2010 at 2:50 PM  
Blogger nmmel78 said...

I'm following your blog and on twitter! Can't wait to read this book :o) Thanks for the contest :o)

Melanie
nmmel78@yahoo.com

March 3, 2010 at 4:05 PM  
Blogger chelleyreads said...

count me in please! i'm a follower!

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March 3, 2010 at 4:47 PM  
Blogger chelleyreads said...

i tweeted http://twitter.com/chelleyreads/status/9949436295

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March 3, 2010 at 4:49 PM  
Blogger Martha Lawson said...

Hex Hall sounds really good, I'd love to win it..

I am an old follower.

mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

March 3, 2010 at 6:44 PM  
Blogger donnas said...

Please include me. I am a blog follower.

Linked on blog - http://donnasbloghome.blogspot.com/2010/03/contests-found-33.html and on the sidebar

Tweet - http://twitter.com/DonnaS1/statuses/9958382921

follower on twitter (@donnas1)

Thanks!!
bacchus76 at myself dot com

March 3, 2010 at 8:26 PM  
Blogger CallMeKayla said...

great giveaway!! I would love to win!!

kaylajohnson3969@sbcglobal.net

March 3, 2010 at 8:57 PM  
Blogger CallMeKayla said...

following you on twitter- bookluver09

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March 3, 2010 at 8:58 PM  
OpenID Myra said...

Great giveaway! I am a follower, count me in.

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March 4, 2010 at 10:12 AM  
Blogger StephTheBookworm said...

Please count me in! I'm a follower.

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March 4, 2010 at 11:27 AM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

Please enter me in this giveaway! I'm a follower!

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March 4, 2010 at 1:08 PM  
Blogger Heather Y said...

New follower hoping to win for my little sis... thanks!

heather y
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March 4, 2010 at 4:40 PM  
Blogger julie s said...

This sounds like a great book. Thanks!

julie s
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March 4, 2010 at 5:45 PM  
Blogger Diana Dang said...

New follower! And also follower on twitter under @stopdropandread

faked_sugartone at hotmail

March 4, 2010 at 6:31 PM  
Blogger sharonlovescats said...

I am now a follower

sharonluvscats(at)gmail(dot)com

following on twitter @sharonlovescats

March 5, 2010 at 9:21 AM  
Blogger My 5 Monkeys(Julie) said...

I'm now a follower and would love to win thisa and the shirt looks awesome

aprilmom00 at gmail dot com

March 5, 2010 at 4:07 PM  
Blogger Alexa said...

The shirts look awesome!
I'm a follower.

naggy8(at)gmail(dot)com

March 5, 2010 at 9:23 PM  
Blogger Alexa said...

+1 Follow on Twitter @naggy8

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March 5, 2010 at 9:24 PM  
Blogger Alexa said...

+1 tweet: http://twitter.com/naggy8/status/10061112067

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March 5, 2010 at 9:26 PM  
Blogger Alexa said...

+1 sidebar: http://hookedonyabooks.blogspot.com/

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March 5, 2010 at 9:27 PM  
Blogger wildcat32 said...

I am a follower and would love to win this for my daughter.
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March 6, 2010 at 12:08 PM  
Blogger bison61 said...

I follow and I like the T-shirt

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March 6, 2010 at 2:21 PM  
Blogger MannaB said...

I can't wait to read this!!!

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March 6, 2010 at 4:06 PM  
Blogger Lauren said...

I would love to enter! Also, I follow your blog already, and I now also follow you on twitter (@Lauren817)

laurenscrammedbookshelf@gmail.com

March 7, 2010 at 10:04 AM  

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