by Rachel Hawkins
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 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.
I've had this book on my shelf for awhile now, but I just got around to reading it now. I wanted something short and light after the heart-shattering pain that was A Clash of Kings. I got all of that and more. I want more fantasy like this.
This book has it all. Great characters. A quick pace. Spot-on teenage voice. Make-me-melt romance. A healthy dash of humor. Great twists.
I had a feeling I was going to wish that I had bought the sequel, Demonglass, before I read this one. I was definitely right. Can't wait to get my hands on it!