Thursday, February 10, 2011

Review: Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins

Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins
Published by Hyperion Books
Date Published: March 1, 2011
Rating: 4.5/5
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?
After ending on such a high note with Hex Hall, I was wary with starting Demonglass, as I usually am with all sequels, just that it might not live up to Hex Hall’s fast-pace and humor. And in some cases, that happens and I’m disappointed. But I was definitely elated to find out that book two was every bit as great as I had hoped and was surely not a let down!

Rachel picks up right where HH left off, at quite the cliffhanger I might add, and quickly picks up speed taking the story to new heights. In DG after Sophie finds out the truth to her powers--that she in fact is not a witch, but a demon--she moves to England for the summer to spend time with her father, head of the Council, to be protected after an attempt on her life while at Hecate Hall the previous year. The Eye has been attacking more and more Prodigium out in the open and Sophie’s life as well as those in the Council become in danger yet again.

Rachel introduces us to a few new characters in this book as well as develops previous ones greatly. Sophie is learning to come to terms with her powers and her destiny, Jenna becomes much more prominent and caring as she is staying with them in England, Cal is definitely brought out to new lights after a *minor* discovery, and even Archer Cross is shown as a danger yet still the swoon-worthy warlock he was before. She does such a great job at developing these characters who before were somewhat minor but brings them new life.

She also tells the story of The Council throughout the book as we learn the truth behind Sophie’s powers and she is taught how to control them. I really liked the aspect of imminent danger always lurking around the corner and there were always moments where I was unsure of what was to come next. Just as with HH, this was another quick read that left me captivated and spell-bound from chapter one!

I was very pleased with Demonglass in many ways and seriously cannot wait to read HH3, especially after the WTF?! ending. Rachel truly knows how to keep readers dying for more and I can see why they keep coming back! I recommend this book any reader whether you be a witch, son of a witch, vampire, werewolf, or faery!

5 comments:

  1. Rachel Hawkins is RIDICULOUSLY AWESOME. I'm crushing on her like a third-grader does Justin Bieber.

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  2. I glad you though Demonglass was just as good as Hex Hall. I really enjoyed Hex Hall and I can't wait to read Demonglass.

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  3. Yay! I'm so glad to see you weren't disappointed. I'm so excited for this one. Loved Hex Hall and want to love Demon Glass every bit as much.

    PS. Archer is so my fictional boyfriend.

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  4. I was so glad to read your review because I loved Hex Hall and like you said some sequels do not live up to the hype. I am so so glad this one did. I can not wait to read it.

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