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1. A prologue done right.
This could easily have been called chapter one and I wouldn’t have blinked an eye. This is the kind of opening that would make me buy a book, which it did.
It showed Sophie in a ‘save the cat’ scene. She feels bad for the girl crying at prom because she has no date. Sophie understands and foregoes any rules about performing magic to help this poor girl out with a simple love spell.
Which goes horribly wrong.
The girl chooses the most popular guy/football player who ends up crashing the prom, literally, with his truck. And with blood dripping from his mouth, he yells the girl’s name.
- Over the top funny.
- Showed a likeable character – Sophie.
- Introduced us to and showed backstory on Sophie.
- Doubled as the inciting incident so it was important to the story.
- Hooked the reader.
2. Setting up clues for Act III
These clues were set up so well and were such an intricate part of the story that I didn’t recognize them as clues until the Act III twists.
Perfect. Sophie makes some funny and quick comebacks when she’s on the defensive, but she’s not snarky or obnoxious, which made me like her even more.
Not only was Sophie funny but a couple of the scenes were too. For example, the prologue.
And later, Sophie is trying to magic up her Hallow’s Eve dress on a cursed dummy. So every dress she tries to create turns out to be this hilarious monstrosity.
4. A likeable character
- Sophie isn’t whiny despite her circumstances.
- Sophie shows kindness.
- When she makes a decision to retaliate we see her doubt along with her determination.
- She’s never the victim.
5. Preparing for a sequel.
I don’t like when the first book in a trilogy leaves off in the middle of a dramatic scene. In HEX HALL the main storyline was wrapped up with a complete full climactic scene. No half climax because the real climax has to happen in book three.
- New mysteries were introduced.
- At the end, Sophie comes to a new decision – to go through the removal process where her powers will be stripped.
- She’s never met her dad, but we know she will in book two.
Just enough mystery to propel me onto book two but a complete story that left me emotionally satisfied. Way to go!
What do you like from the first book of a trilogy?