Friday, March 18, 2011

Demonglass by Rachel Hawking

Demonglass (Hex Hall #2) by Rachel Hawkins

Rating: 5/5 Hoots

Release Date: March 1, 2011 Summary:
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?

My Review:
I absolutely loved Demonglass! I read Hex Hall last year, and while I enjoyed it I wasn't overly impressed. Maybe I was just in a funk when I read the first book, because I adored this one! Sophie is such a fun, compelling character. I love her sarcastic sense of humor- something she and I definitely have in common! Many of her one-liners had me laughing out loud. In Demonglass, one of the things she struggles a bit with is learning who she should trust- she has been betrayed before, or so it seems, and many of the people in her world are not who they seem.

Sophie's friends and family are great as well- Jenna is a supportive, loyal BFF, plus she is an uber-girly, pink-loving vampire- what a combo! Nick and Daisy are creepy, but so interesting! And who could forget the TWO swoon-worthy guys- Archer, the heartbreaker she fell for in book 1, and  Cal, the cute, quiet boy with a talent for healing and growing things. You can't go wrong with those two! Sophie gets to know her father better in this book as well, and there is a lot more to him than we saw in the first book!

Another issue that Sophie is working through in this book is learning to embrace her demon side. It is hard for her to decide whether to risk eventually hurting someone and keeping her powers or to attempt going through the Removal to ensure she never does. Although the demon aspect of the story is truly unique, I think teens will relate to Sophie's struggle to reconcile all the different parts of her self.

The story was fast-paced and quickly drew me in.  Hawkins deftly weaves together elements of friendship, romance, politics and self discovery to create a story I did not want to leave. I was reading it on my lunch break and I hated to put it down and go back to work! I had to finish it as soon as I got home. 

I hope the next book is coming out soon, because I cannot wait to find out what happens to Sophie and her friends!

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