Showcase Sunday · Stacking the Shelves

Purchases and Podcasts

This week, while continuing with Stacking the Shelves over at Tynga’s Reviews, I will also be linking to Showcase Sunday with Books, Biscuits and Tea. Both websites are excellent places to talk about books.

My haul this week: three new books.

1. Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton – Bought this one to talk about on the podcast. Oh yeah! Have I mentioned that I’m on a podcast? I probably have. It’s called Bibliophiles Anonymous and can be found on iTunes, Podbean, and YouTube. In our last episode, my friend Jess and I continued the discussion from the past Top Ten Tuesday topic and talked about the series we stared and didn’t finish. This book is our next discussion this upcoming weekend.

2. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky – Bought this one because I have heard a lot of buzz about the movie version that will be in theaters soon. I think I want to see it, but as always, I want to read the book first to see if the movie stacks up.

3. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins – I read this book several months ago from the library (you can find my review here). I thought it was a pretty good book, and included it in the list of series that I would like to finish at some point. Then I came across the first book in my local used bookstore for $2.50. Yep. Had to get it!

So that’s my take home this week. Did you find anything good?

Books I've Read

Magic schools? We got ’em!

There seem to be several books out there about schools that teach magic, from the Harry Potter books to The Magicians to the House of Night series. This next book is a little bit different, and you know I always appreciate something a little bit new.

Hex Hall by Rachel Dawkins is about a reform school for magical teens who get in trouble. Basically, if you put the magical world (called  the “Prodigium”) at risk of discovery, you get sent here until you are eighteen and, hopefully, better in control of yourself. Our main character is Sophie, who tries to use her magic to help a girl at her old school prom. This is a no-no. She is sent to Hecate Hall, or Hex Hall as the students call it, where for the first time, Sophie is surrounded by other magical people, along with fairies, werewolves, shapeshifters, and one vampire (who happens to be her roommate).

Along the way, Sophie experiences all the expected teen angst – she makes enemies of the most popular girls in school, she crushes on the cutest guy (who is dating one of the popular girls), but the story is told with a lot of humor and some really cool magic. There are lots of little twists, from a ghost that keeps following Sophie around to students being mysteriously attacked and Sophie’s roommate being blamed for it. Not to mention that there is a super secret society that is out to destroy Prodigium all together.

I enjoyed this book a lot. It was sharp and clever and a lot of fun to read. It’s the first book of the series and I will definitely pick up the next one.