Sophie Mercer is a social outcast from a broken home who has finally been sentenced to the school you go to when you've been kicked out of all the others: Hecate Hall. Well, where witches, shape shifters, and faeries go anyway. Raised by a human mother and yet to meet her warlock father, Sophie doesn't know a lot about witchery (history and powers), which is kind of a drag when she gets to Hecate (Hex) Hall, because the other kids are steeped in it and even know more about her father than she does. Assigned to the school pariah as a roommate, a pink loving vampire named Jenna, Sophie is not off to a good start at her new school.
I found this new series on some Harry Potter readalike list, but the narrator's voice is a little too self-conscious for my taste--very teenage and clever, which is one reason this could never be a great book/series, like HP. I'm also a little mystified as to where Hawkins is going with the series. I might read the next one, but I'm not excited about it. If you like your YA witches, give this a read, but go in with low to medium expectations.