Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Happily Ever Endings: Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

Happily Ever Endings... was born out of sheer frustration. You know how when you read a series and you love it but the last book takes a little while to come out and then you sort of forget parts of the novel? That's what these posts are going to serve to remedy. Happily Ever Ending... is a short post about what happened at the ending of each book that is going to be in a series for people who need a quick reminder of what happened in the previous installment. It's really annoying when you can't remember what happens and don't have time for a reread, so this hopefully will be a huge help!

Hex Hall (Hex Hall, #1)Synopsis 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.


Happily Ever Ending: Sophie finds out that she is from a long line of witches with very great power and she was sent to Hecate to be safe from people who want to kill her (it's revealed later on that this isn't true, but we'll get to that ;P ). One night, Sophie is woken by the green ghost who has been following her around the school. She reveals that she is Alice, Sophie's great-grandmother, and they meet in the woods where Alice teaches her how to use her magic properly.

For the All Hallows Eve Ball, the witches have to make their own dresses. Elodie's was beautiful, so Alice gave Sophie a curse to make it change into a hideous colour. Turns out it made the dress tighten and squeeze Elodie until she couldn't breathe. Elodie has to leave the ball, and leaves Archer to dance with Sophie, until they're interrupted by Elodie screaming that Anna is dead. Anna wasn't dead, but like Holly and Chaston, she was found drained of blood with two small holes in her neck. As a result the vampires are banished from the school (Jenna and Lord Byron).

That night when Sophie sneaks out to meet Alice, Elodie catches her and wants in, or she'll tell Mrs Casnoff. Out in the woods, Alice tells the girls about how she was killed by the L'Occhio di Dio at Hecate Hall, despite the numerous protection spells. Sophie then decides to do some more research to find out what killed Holly to try to clear Jenna's name. She discovers demons also kill like that, but Mrs Casnoff quickly dismisses the idea.

That evening in cellar duty, Sophie kisses Archer. While they're kissing, she puts her hand on his chest and she finds a tattoo of an eye over his heart. Before Sophie can call for help he escapes out the window, and they search for him but by then he's long gone. As it obviously wasn't her, Jenna returns, and then Sophie tells Elodie about the kiss and they fall out. Sophie stops meeting Alice in the night but Elodie continues to go. When Jenna sees the necklace Alice gave to Sophie, she figures out that Alice is actually a demon, making Sophie one too.

Alice was outside with Elodie, and Sophie tries to save Elodie but she's too late. Then Sophie grabs a handy demonglass sword and slices of Alice's head. After the attack, Mrs Casnoff explains to Sophie that she is quarter-demon and she is expected to use her incredible powers to aid the council. However, Sophie decides to get her powers stripped by the Removal procedure, because being a demon, she could suddenly flip out and kill a loved one, and she'd rather get rid of her powers and risk dying herself than kill someone she loved.

I hope this helped! Now you're all set up to read the next one! If I've missed anything important or you think there's something wrong, let me know in the comments! I'm not all that good at these... ;) 


  1. This is a great idea. Keep up the good work =)

  2. I've added this to the list! I'm so happy you did a HEE for this one. We've had several requests!


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