Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins (Hex Hall #1)
Published: March 10th 2010
ISBN: 1423121309 (ISBN13: 9781423121305)
Source: Bought myself
Rating: 4.5 Stars
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.
At first I wasn’t sold on the cover, which is pretty much why I put off reading this literary gem for so long.
First page, first sentence and I was in love! The plot was brilliant, the characters (especially Sophie) were brilliant and the hot boy was smoking HOT!
This book made me laugh so much my face hurt by the time I was done. I loved the mix of species or Prodigium coming together at Hecate and truly felt entranced in this universe. The resident villain, Elodie wasn’t all that evil as much as she was conniving and mischievous, I felt sorry for her at some points. Hex Hall was a great series first and I look forward to reading the rest of the series. Rachel Hawkins really made sure her readers would instantly be hooked by Sophie’s wit and a plot riddled with mystery, a budding (Hot and heavy) romance and very nicely developed supportive characters (ahem Cal!).
Sometimes the book was a little predictable and some of the characters and conversations were slightly juvenile but none of that took anything away from the sheer brilliance of this book.
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Eve (Eve #1) by Anna Carey
Published: October 4th 2011
ISBN: 0062048503 (ISBN13: 9780062048509)
Source: Bought myself
Rating: 3 Stars
Where do you go when nowhere is safe?
Sixteen years after a deadly virus wiped out most of Earth’s population, the world is a perilous place. Eighteen-year-old Eve has never been beyond the heavily guarded perimeter of her school, where she and two hundred other orphaned girls have been promised a future as the teachers and artists of the New America. But the night before graduation, Eve learns the shocking truth about her school’s real purpose—and the horrifying fate that awaits her.
Fleeing the only home she’s ever known, Eve sets off on a long, treacherous journey, searching for a place she can survive. Along the way she encounters Arden, her former rival from school, and Caleb, a rough, rebellious boy living in the wild. Separated from men her whole life, Eve has been taught to fear them, but Caleb slowly wins her trust . . . and her heart. He promises to protect her, but when soldiers begin hunting them, Eve must choose between true love and her life.
In this epic new series, Anna Carey imagines a future that is both beautiful and terrifying. Readers will revel in Eve’s timeless story of forbidden love and extraordinary adventure.
I am in love with this cover, I love the color scheme and scenery. I feel like I have to be looking for something through that fog.
Eve was a page turner for sure. However I went into it with high expectations and I was somewhat disappointed in its lack of originality. Don’t get me wrong I read this book in record time and truly enjoyed it. The flaws in the book were mostly limited to a cookie-cutter style dystopia and lack of character development. The plot was great! I loved the excitement I felt while reading it. I enjoyed reading about Eve’s inner struggles but some came to conclusions too easily, or so it seems. At first she seemed to me like a brainwashed know-it-all then all of a sudden she’s a headstrong, determined free spirit?! Where did that come from? What thought process provoked such a drastic change in personality? Oh and of course there is a love triangle! Which I of course love!
I won’t say not to read the book. Actually, DO read it. It’s a good story, a bit “cookie-cutter” but not once did I want to stop reading it!
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It feels so good to be back! The holidays KILLED my blogging and I am now in the process of resurrecting it ! I am simply announcing today that I am back in the blogosphere. Many things went down in the past 3 weeks; I won’t get into the gritty details because some things are simply not book blog material. If you are interested in my daily tribulations let me know in the comments section and I am thinking of starting a personal blog about my life as a (newly and happy) single mom. Here is a quick list (because who doesn’t love lists eh?) of what is to come this week/month/year!
- Long-awaited New Years post
- Reading/blogging/real-life goals and resolutions
- The latest books I received/bought
- There might be TV/Movie reviews (let me know in the comments if you’d enjoy these)
- Reviews, Reviews, reviews…
- More Memes.
- More of my beautiful presence!
Now I love you guys, but it is time for me to kick back and read!
Up Next will be either:
The Iron Daughter, Catching Fire, Wolfsbane, Incareron or A Need So Beautiful.
Help me choose, comment, Please!
Happy Reading to all!