Reviewer Amy Lignor: Amy is the author of a historical fiction novel entitled The Heart of a Legend, and Mind Made, a work of science fiction. Presently, she is writing an adventure series set in the New York Public Library, as well as a teen fiction series, The Angel Chronicles. She is an avid traveler and has been fortunate to have journeyed across the USA, where she has met the most amazing people, who truly bring life and soul to her books. She lives in the Land of Enchantment (for now) with her gorgeous daughter, Shelby, her wonderful Mom, Mary, and the greatest friend and critic in the entire world - her dog, Reuben
Author: Rachel Hawkins
I want to begin with, Bravo and Bring
on the Movie!
Sophie Mercer has been carted around to nineteen different schools throughout her very young life; we first meet her at one particular school on prom night. Sophie feels bad for a young woman crying her eyes out in the ladies’ room; the young girl is dateless to the prom and wants this to be rectified. Sophie takes her out to the parking lot, tells her to close her eyes, and think about THE boy who she wants with all her heart to be her escort. Dark clouds amass above their heads; a purplish light glows within the black core; and green lightning rains down from above… Yes, the girl’s wish is granted, but the nice, sweet prom quickly turns into Carrie. Suffice to say, Sophie is on her way to her twentieth school.
She arrives in Georgia in the brutally hot month of August on her beloved mother’s arm. She’s being sent away to Hecate Hall – a reformatory school for witches, shapeshifters, faeries, and other even more non-humans, who have flaunted their skills in the wrong places, risking exposure to their world. This is no Hogwarts, people; Hecate Hall is a cold, two-hundred-year-old mansion that looks like something out of a horror movie, with fugly wallpaper and an addition of pink stucco that goes off the back of the house and into the woods. Sophie’s very first meet-and-greet with a supernatural being comes in the form of a young man named Justin, who turns and snarls at her while transforming into a werewolf. Sophie raises her finger, screams “bag dog,” and basically sees him as a cocker spaniel standing on his hind legs. (This is what I love most about this writer – she’s wonderfully sarcastic).
Sophie’s roommate is Jenna, a young girl who is a vamp and is at Hecate Hall on scholarship. She’s the only “monster” that’s at the school and many witches, warlocks – the “elite” of their world – can’t stand her. In fact, a coven at the school believes Jenna bit and killed her last roommate, Holly, and they tell Jenna that she must join them and become their “fourth” so they can have the most power within the old, stone walls. Unfortunately for these three witches (who act like a modern-day Macbeth trio), Sophie doesn’t like them; she likes her roommate who, although, a bloodsucker, is a nice girl who loves the color Electric Raspberry Pink, which is the color of her clothes, the stripe in her air, the bedspread, etc. Sophie can’t help but liking the poor girl who seems to be blamed for all the harsh goings-on at the school.
Sophie also meets Archer Cross, who’s the resident hot-guy – a gorgeous warlock who everyone loves. Archer was once the boyfriend of the poor unfortunate Holly, and he’s now going out with the head of the coven that Sophie can’t stand. As the story begins to unfold at the school, Sophie learns things about her past – and her father who she’s never met. Apparently, her ancestral genes go far back in history; her family is powerful, her father is very “high-up” in the magical world, and the magic that runs through Sophie’s veins is rather dark and frightening. There are many characters that are absolutely fantastic in this story including a young girl by the name of Taylor who can morph into a mountain lion at whim; a headmistress who knows far too much about Sophie’s family; a ghost who walks the halls wearing a green dress that’s part of Sophie’s mysterious history; a vamp teacher who’s also a famous poet; and, a groundskeeper who should definitely become a doctor.
The author inserts a variety of “clues” that will lead the reader through many books, hopefully, to come. Readers are told of the demon glass sword that’s held in the depths of Hades, as well as a group called The Eye of God whose job it is to hunt down magical beings and take them out in order to protect the human world. Drawing from Roman and Egyptian history and characters (i.e.: Hecate, The Furies, etc.), this author has managed to put together a story that’s fun, exciting, and interesting with a main character who’s extremely sarcastic and brutally funny.
I, for one, can’t wait for the next in the series. I hope the author is “banging” away on her keyboard right now and conjuring up her next fantastic story.