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Hex Hall

In YA Book Reviews on January 30, 2014 at 6:24 pm

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by Rachel Hawkins

YA Fantasy/©2010/323 pages/First in a Series/Recommended for 7th grade and above

Publisher’s Blurb (Amazon):

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 found this to be a highly entertaining read. It is a very engaging plot with lots of twists and turns. It has hints of Harry Potter, Vampire Academy, and Mean Girls, but it is its own interesting story. It does have some dark moments, but overall it is a good bridge from the lighter middle school books to the more intense Young Adult books. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series.

My Rating: 4/5 Stars

Other Reviews:

http://www.wickedawesomebooks.com/2012/04/book-review-hex-hall-by-rachel-hawkins.html

Every Day

In YA Book Reviews on January 21, 2014 at 2:27 pm

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by David Levithan

Young Adult Science Fiction/ ©2013/384 pages/Stand Alone Book/Recommended for ages 12 and above

Publisher’s Blurb (Amazon):

In his New York Times bestselling novel, David Levithan, co-author of bestsellers Will Grayson, Will Grayson and Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, introduces readers to what Entertainment Weekly calls a “wise, wildly unique” love story about A, a teen who wakes up every morning in a different body, living a different life. This new paperback edition features six additional chapters about A’s earlier life.

Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.

There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.
It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day.

With his new novel, David Levithan has pushed himself to new creative heights. He has written a captivating story that will fascinate readers as they begin to comprehend the complexities of life and love in A’s world, as A and Rhiannon seek to discover if you can truly love someone who is destined to change every day.

My Thoughts:

I am still sorting out my thoughts about this book. Overall, I was fascinated by the plot and just could not put it down. It is an interesting concept, and I was driven to find out how it was all going to end. Unfortunately for me, the ending was a huge disappointment. It seemed rushed and really didn’t answer any of the questions I had as a reader. Very frustrating…

My Rating: 3/5 Stars