Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Review - Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins

Series:  Hex Hall #2
Published:  March 22 2011
Publisher:  Hyperion Childrens Books
Edition:  Hardback, US
Pages:  359
Source:  Bought


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?


PLOT:  Demonglass picks up where Hex Hall left off.  In this installment, after learning she is really not a witch but a demon, Sophie finds herself in London at the Prodigium Council Headquarters.  At the headquarters, she meets a cast a of interesting characters, some of which play a great role towards the climax of the book.  I must say that I prefer Hex Hall over this 2nd installment, but I'm a bit biased as to this one is not in a school setting like the last.  I mean, who doesn't love boarding school settings?  NO ONE.  Everyone loves them.  But I digress.  I also feel that this book suffered from the "second book in a series" syndrome.  Alot of the book is a setup for the next in the series, and the beginning is slow going.

CHARACTERS:  Oh, Sophie you humor and wit always puts a smile on my face.  Just as in the first, Sophie attitude towards everyone and everything doesn't disappoint.  She's still stubborn as ever, but in a non annoying oh-so-funny way.  But be prepared, Demonglass went where every YA book has gone before.  Yes, a love triangle.  I honestly thought we could get through the series without one.  I mean, hello?!?  Archer!  No one else is needed for Pete's sake!  But alas, enter Cal to throw off the Sophie/Archer relationship.  Speaking of Cal, he character is defined alot more in this book, and I think is he going to play an even bigger role in the next book, Spellbound.  I must admit though, I'm still not feeling him.  He's too shy for Sophie.  Now for Archer, my love.  How I love him!  He actually plays a pretty small part in this book (which I was really unhappy about at first), maybe only actually appearing in about 1/4 - 1/3 of the whole thing.  But boy does he get your heart a-fluttering in the parts he is in!

Dammit 2012!  Why must you be so far away?!?

4 out of 5 stars

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