Friday, September 2, 2011

Demonglass (Hex Hall, #2) by Rachel Hawkins, Book Review

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?

Rating: 5/5

Title: Demonglass
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Release Date: March 22, 2011
Source: Publisher

*I received a review copy of Demonglass from Disney-Hyperion in return for a 100% honest review.

Let me start off by saying that this book was just as (if not more) amazing than its prequel, Hex Hall. I thoroughly enjoyed Hex Hall, and Demonglass was just as action-packed and intense. This time around, Sophie is taken away from Hex Hall for summer vacation by her estranged, royal father who is head of the Council which governs all Prodigium.

Sophie, Jenna, and Cal all head to England to say at Thorne Abbey for two months and while there, they all fall in love and deal with personal matters. While at Thorne Abbey, Sophie learns more about her demon heritage and tries to school herself in royal matters in preparation of taking the title of Head of the Council when her father passes it down to her; Jenna deals with her lost humanity, vampire life, and her love life; and Cal processes his 'relationship' with Sophie and must face facts that are very hard for him.

I really liked this cover, just as I liked the cover of Hex Hall. I think that the covers of the Hex Hall books really express the themes and true meanings of the story. I found the cover of Demonglass to be a perfect metaphor for the ending of the book.

One thing I liked (it's so hard to choose!) about Demonglass was the plot. I loved how Demonglass felt like a direct continuation of Hex Hall--it literally felt like I never left the Hex Hall universe and that made for a very fun, enjoyable read.

One thing I didn't like was Sophie's desperation to be a "funny guy." Sophie's character is very comical, but she also has a deep side which I think is very present in both books, but in Demonglass, I felt as though Sophie was trying a bit too hard to be funny. I still love her, but at a few points in the book, I felt as if her over-exuberant humor could have been toned down.

Overall, this book was very good and I am very excited for the third and final book in the series: Spellbound.

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