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."
This book was laugh out loud funny. The main character, Sophie, is so snarky that it keeps you entertained through the whole book. It was a pretty unique concept, the secondary characters were well thought out, and it was just a fun read. It will be interesting to see where the rest of the series takes us.
Areas of concern: 4 uses of the *d* word, 4 uses of the *b* word, 1 *h* word, 1 *a* word and a few vulgarities. 1 passionate kiss between teenagers.
Booklist - Grades 8-11
Publishers Weekly - Ages 11+