Hex Hall - Rachel Hawkins
Summary (from Goodreads): 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.
My review: Hex Hall met up to my expectations and more! I felt like I was being sucked into another world, one full of vampires, witches, warlocks, and other creatures!
My favourite thing about the book was the setting. Hex Hall was a great, complex place to be reading about, mainly because it was so original. It was quite different in the way that sometimes it made me feel like it was some old castle, but at some points it seemed like a place that everything shimmered and glowed, like on the cover. It was a setting where there were twisted emotions all around: everyone liked and disliked a different person. No one liked Sophie's roommate except Sophie; lots of people loved the three girls that Sophie was instantly enemies with; and the best thing was that no one in the school ever suspected who was behind the mystery. I never even guessed until he/she (not giving it away : D) told Sophie that they did it.
Overall, there's not really much I can say about Hex Hall. The setting was exquisite, the plot kept me interested the whole way through, the characters were very lovable, and the description was gorgeous. Definitely a book I would recommend!