Hawkadda was in the house!

If you guys follow this blog, or Twitter, or my Tumblr you will know that Rachel Hawkins and Sarwat Chadda came to Hicklebee’s last night. I am here to report that they rocked my socks off folks and I was lucky enough to interview them at the end of the event. I am extremely short and they are extremely tall and this is the reasoning of the seating, after such a long day yesterday neither of us felt like finding seats that made us seem even. Now if you haven’t read any of the books I beg of you to do so, the series while wildly different are both full of win. Here are the video interviews, tell us in the comments what you like about them!

Rachel Hawkins:

Sarwat Chadda

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Review: Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins

From Goodreads: Sophie Mercer thought she was a witch.

That was the whole reason she was sent to Hex Hall, a reform school for delinquent Prodigium (aka witches, shapeshifters, and fairies). But that was before she discovered the family secret, and that her hot crush, Archer Cross, is an agent for The Eye, a group bent on wiping Prodigium off the face of the earth.

Turns out, Sophie’s a demon, one of only two in the world—the other being her father. What’s worse, she has powers that threaten the lives of everyone she loves. Which is precisely why Sophie decides she must go to London for the Removal, a dangerous procedure that will destroy her powers.

But once Sophie arrives she makes a shocking discovery. Her new friends? They’re demons too. Meaning someone is raising them in secret with creepy plans to use their powers, and probably not for good. Meanwhile, The Eye is set on hunting Sophie down, and they’re using Archer to do it. But it’s not like she has feelings for him anymore. Does she?

Be Warned: Spoilers ahead for book one:

Oh Sophie Mercer I love you for such an abundant amount of reasons. You go to a boarding school for the magically bad, you have two hot guys at your beck and call, and you are so freaking funny that literally the other night when I was reading, there was an incident involving my nose and some diet coke.

I was concerned for a moment that the return of demon daddy would have Sophie turning into one of those characters. You know the ones that whine about their issues all the time. *cough*BellaSwan*cough* But no, Sophie you kept it real and continued to give me laugh out loud funny while solving a mystery and dealing with heaps of drama.

I love Demonglass even more than I loved Hex Hall and that says a lot. It is not very often anymore that I become a true fan of a serious or an authors work and I tell you right now. I will follow Rachel Hawkins’ writing journey where ever it takes her because this is some seriously brilliant stuff.

The writing is tight, the characters are amazing, I never anticipate the whodunit and I don’t get annoyed that I can’t figure it out. Hawkins writes like my teenage head worked and I know that teens will enjoy Sophie and co. for all of her antics. I will leave you with some of my favorite quotes and my express wish that you go buy this book or the first now. You will not regret the purchase.

Sophie learns she is betrothed to Cal:

As I stomped across school grounds, all I could see was Cal sitting with my dad in some manly room with leather chairs and dead animals on the wall, chomping on cigars as Dad formally signed me away to Cal. They’d probably even high-fived. Pg 19 ARC

Sophie gets a computer at swanky Thorne Hall, no computers allowed at Hecate:

Computers were also forbidden at Hecate, at least for students. Mrs. Casnoff supposedly had one in her private quarters. Jenna and I had spent one very boring Magical Evolution class speculating on what her e-mail address might be. Jenna thought it was probably something dull, like just her name, but my personal vote was for HexyLady@hecatehall.edu. I guess now I could find out.

I give thee 5 stars for originality, spunk, and making coke shoot out of my nose. A job well done.

FTC Disclosure: I received an ARC from the publisher.

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Review: Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

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.

Over a year ago I wrote a review for Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins, and I scheduled it to come online when the book hit stores. A few days ago I wrote a post about Rachel Hawkins and went to get my link to my review. I remembered it all so well. The review never posted. So over a year I have been telling people “Oh yeah I loved Hex Hall, check out my review.” or emailing Disney Book Group “I reviewed Hex Hall and would love to continue reviewing this series.” LIAR! I never even noticed my review never posted. So sorry Disney Book Group, Rachel Hawkins, and random people who I told to check out my review.

Firstly I want to mention that I love boarding schools. If your book has a boarding school setting you get like a gazillion automatic bonus points of awesome and Hex Hall was a win of boarding school drama. Sophie was such a fantastically likable character that my teenage self who wanted nothing more than to go to an awesome boarding school would have so been besties with her.

There is drama, intrigue, mystery, hot guys and a bunch of fucking faeries. Seriously someone needs to off those bitches. Sophie and her vampire roommate are bullied around a bit by the mean girls crowd and then there are some ghosties making trouble all over the place. It is all a big witchy mess.

What I love most about Hex Hall and Sophie is she is still learning, she isn’t one of those characters that is uber proficient at everything she does and she messes up all the time and when she does mess things up it’s usually wicked bad. We get to learn about Hawkins universe as we laugh out loud at Sophie’s antics and she has some damn good dialogue in this book people. I can’t wait to see what Sophie gets herself into next in Demonglass (which will not take me a year to review.).

If you haven’t already read Hex Hall then I urge you to pick it up!

FTC Disclosure: I borrowed this book from another blogger. Many moons ago.

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Guess who is coming to Hicklebee’s?

HAWKADDA! Yes my friends that is what the dastardly duo of Sarwat Chadda and Rachel Hawkins have dubbed themselves via Twitter for their upcoming tour and Hicklebee’s has Hawkadda on March 10th at 7pm. This event is 9th grade and up. If you live in the Bay Area you are going to want to make it for this event. If you don’t and you want the Hawkadda duo to sign books for you look to the bottom of this post to see how to make that happen. Here is some more info on the books and their authors. I will be putting book info in order, if you haven’t read book one then the description of book two may include spoilers for book one.

Sarwat Chadda -Billi Sangreal Series

As the youngest and only female member of the Knights Templar, Bilquis SanGreal grew up knowing she wasn’t normal. Instead of hanging out at the mall or going on dates, she spends her time training as a soldier in her order’s ancient battle against the Unholy.
One of the order’s ancient enemies has resurfaced, searching for a treasure that the Templars have protected for hundreds of years — a cursed mirror powerful enough to kill all of London’s firstborn. To save her city from catastrophe, Billi will have to put her heart aside and make sacrifices greater than any of the Templars could have imagined.

Still reeling from the death of her best friend, Kay, Billi’s thrust back into action when the Templars are called to investigate werewolf activity. But these werewolves are like nothing Bilil’s ever seen. They call themselves the Polenitsy: man killers. The ancient warrior women of Eastern Europe, supposedly wiped out centuries ago. But now they’ve come out of hiding and are on the hunt for a Spring
Child—an Oracle powerful enough to blow the volcano at Yellowstone—and start a Fimbulwinter that will wipe out humankind for good.
The Templars follow the stolen Spring Child to Russia, and the only people there who can fight the supernatural are the Bogatyrs, longtime enemies of the Templars. To reclaim the Spring Child and save the world, Billi needs to earn the trust of Ivan Romanov, a young Russian soldier whose suspicious of people in general, and of Billi in particular.
Dark Goddess is a page-turning, action-packed sequel that spans continents, from England to the Russian underworld and back. This is an adventure of folklore and myth become darkly real. Of the world running out of time. And of Billi SanGreal, the only one who can save it.

Sarwat Chadda was brought up on the adventures of the great medieval heroes like Saladin and Richard the Lionheart. His passion for storytelling grew from his love for the history, culture and myths of Europe and the Middle East.

Sarwat used to be an engineer, working on projects like the Channel Tunnel and Hong Kong airport, but now he writes full time. He has travelled widely, from China to India, from Nicaragua to the Yemen, but there’s no place like home, and home is London.

Devil’s Kiss was his first novel.
Visit Sarwat online at his: Website, blog, & Twitter.

Rachel Hawkins – Hex Hall Series

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 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.

Sophie Mercer thought she was a witch.
That was the whole reason she was sent to Hex Hall, a reform school for delinquent Prodigium (aka witches, shapeshifters, and fairies). But that was before she discovered the family secret, and that her hot crush, Archer Cross, is an agent for The Eye, a group bent on wiping Prodigium off the face of the earth. Turns out, Sophie’s a demon, one of only two in the world—the other being her father. What’s worse, she has powers that threaten the lives of everyone she loves. Which is precisely why Sophie decides she must go to London for the Removal, a risky procedure that will either destroy her powers forever—or kill her.But once Sophie arrives she makes a shocking discovery. Her new housemates? They’re demons too. Meaning someone is raising them in secret with creepy plans to use their powers, and probably not for good. Meanwhile, The Eye is set on hunting Sophie down, and they’re using Acher to do it. But it’s not like she has feelings for him anymore. Does she?

Rachel Hawkins was a high school English teacher before becoming a full-time writer. She lives with her family in Alabama, and is currently at work on the third book in the Hex Hall series. To the best of her knowledge, Rachel is not a witch, though some of her former students may disagree…

Visit Rachel online at her: Website, blog, and Twitter.

I have read Hex Hall and Devil’s Kiss (reviews to come) I have Demonglass and Dark Goddess that I can’t wait to devour. You do not want to miss this event! Come on down and have some books signed by this dastardly duo, it is sure to be a fun night out. What’s that? You want books signed by Hawkadda but you don’t live in the area? No prob, the folks at Hicklebee’s are still going to help you. Just email them at hicklebees@hicklebees.com and they will get back to you or even better yet put their awesome customer service skills to the test by giving them a call Toll Free 888- 898-0093. Tell them Pam the blogger sent you.

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Pre-order Hex Hall!

I know lately my reviews have been kinda negative. I thought I had lost my love for YA, everything I had read left a boring bad taste in my proverbial mouth. Hex Hall cured my woes. If it wasn’t so long until this book came out I would be singing its praises in the form of a 4 star review. A huge thank you to Alexa at Not Enough Bookshelves for sharing her early copy with me!

Seriously have I ever asked you to pre-order something? No! Why do I ask you now you ask yourself? (That’s a lot of asking) because if you do not have this book in your hands on the release day you are going to be so out of the loop when everyone and I mean everyone starts singing the praises of this book and you have no idea what they are going on about.

My best Teen Read of the year so far! I hope to do some fun stuff during the release week.

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