Demonglass (Hex Hall, #2) by Rachel Hawkins
Reading Level: Young Adult
Release Date: Available Now
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH
Source: Received from publicist for honest review
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 Acher to do it. But it’s not like she has feelings for him anymore. Does she?
My Review: You know who saved me from a reading slump? Rachel Hawkins, that's who! Last year, I was introduced to Hex Hall, an impressive supernatural debut with fun characters and cute boys. Rachel's charm and fluidity remained strong throughout the first novel and happily continued on with the sequel, Demonglass. In Hex Hall, Sophie's feistiness and sarcasm pulled me into her world quickly. So, once I was reminded of her personality in Demonglass, I remembered why Sophie landed on my list of favorite protagonists. This time around, Sophie, her best friend Jenna and grounds keeper Cal, go to England for the summer. There, she is living under the roof of her father, with two other demons who she didn't know existed.
Talk of Sophie's arrival, conjured up the idea to go through the "removal" to eliminate the danger from her over the top magic. But, of course nothing ever goes as planned. In Hex Hall, I was gaga over Archer, but since he didn't have a profound role, I became heartsmitten for Cal. Not that I don't love Archer, Cal just sneaked his way in there. The character additions of Daisy and Nick were great! It was fun getting to know more about demons, it definitely helped me understand Sophie better. All in all, it was such an exciting follow-up. I am really looking forward to the next installment. I am very curious to see where Rachel's creative mind will lead us.
Rachel Hawkins was born in Virginia and raised in Alabama, which means she uses funny words like “fixin’” and “y’all.” After graduating from Auburn University, she succumbed to the lure of Summers Off and became a high school English teacher. Four years of forcing students to memorize the first twelve lines of The Canterbury Tales finally broke her, and in 2007, she quit teaching to pursue writing full time. When not writing, Rachel enjoys dyeing her hair various shades of red and spending time with her husband and son.
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