Hex Hall, by Rachel Hawkins
Sophie is a teen witch who doesn’t have much experience with spells. She was raised by a mortal mother, and her warlock father has never been in the picture. Despite her lack of expertise, or perhaps because of it, Sophie has cast one too many spells in front of her mortal classmates. Her punishment is to be sent to Hecate Hall, a reformatory boarding school for witches, shapeshifters and faeries. Hex Hall, as it is called by these magical teen delinquents, is to be her home until she shapes up, or she turns eighteen (whichever comes first).
While Sophie doesn’t fit in the regular world very well, she doesn’t exactly fit in the magical one either. In addition to being behind in her magical abilities, there turns out to be a few things that her classmates know about her father that she doesn’t. Her ignorance of the magical world leads her to say and do many wrong things, and prevents her from making many friends. She has drawn the ire of the resident mean girls by declining to join their coven, and she has a crush on the head mean girl’s boyfriend. On top of all that, her roommate, Jenna, is a vampire. She is the only vampire student at Hex Hall and her last roommate was found exsanguinated in the bathroom from two puncture wounds on her neck. Although Sophie has been assured that Jenna was cleared of any wrongdoing, the culprit is still at large.
As Sophie is finding out, the magical world, and her place in it, are much different than she ever could have dreamed.
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