Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Jen's review of "Demonglass" by Rachel Hawkins

Demonglass (Hex Hall #2) by Rachel Hawkins
Publication date: March 22nd, 2011
Publisher: Hyperion
Number of pages: 359
Format: Hardcover
Buy:  Amazon | The Book Depository
Description: 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?
In the second installment to Rachel Hawkins "Hex Hall" trilogy, comes an action-packed adventure that takes Sophie and her friends on a journey which will change their lives forever.
After the events from Hex Hall, six months have gone by as Sophie waits for her father to come and collect her so she can get the removal, in which means she'll no longer have these powers that she hates.
When he does arrive he doesn't agree with what she wants to do, but instead, gives her a compromise that may be too good to pass up, so she agrees to his terms.
Sophie, Jenna and Cal along with her father then fly off to London where they stay in this castle-like house that would put anything else to shame.

What Sophie discovers in London changes everything she thought she knew. About her dad. Hex Hall and most importantly, herself.
Not to mention she can't escape the Eye. It's reported there was sighting of a certain boy in London, but it's the question about whether or not she'll bump into him... was part of the reasons she wanted to go there was because she knew she could see him? Even just a glance?

I really loved this sequel to Hex Hall. There was a lot more action involved compared to the first book. Now that we know and understand the characters, things get even more interesting.
I even came to like Cal, but also kinda felt bad for him because it was fairly obvious that Sophie just would never feel the same way that he does. It would always be Archer in her eyes. Her heart. In every aching bone in her body. He was there, even when he wasn't there.

Sophie also grew stronger. Not only as a person, but also as a demon as she dealt with things pertaining to what she was, and how not everyone is as capable of staying strong as she. There are others who have no control and just pure demon.

We also have villians in this book, and I say that as plural. I would think there is one person more evil than the other, but nonetheless they are together in this plan.
The truth behind what is really going on back at Hex Hall will shock you, or maybe it won't, to a point where you can't believe something like this is going on.
And this little plot it also goes back to the attacks in book 1 with the friends of Elodie's and what really happened to them.

And last, but not least we come to the relationship between Sophie and Archer. It's no shock that I adore them to pieces, and how the ending to Hex Hall tore me to shreds. I wondered what would happen with them in this book, and I was glad that Archer wasn't gone forever. In this book, you discover more to him than we knew before. More than you thought you knew about him.. and it just makes you love him even more (or, well it did for me).
They find themselves in quite the situation when they come face to face, and it's almost a romeo and julie-esque type situation. They are from two different entities who hate the other, but together they can't help how they feel for one another. What are two teenagers to do? Love has no boundaries. Love just is.

I can't wait to read the final book in this trilogy, and I just know it's going to be just as awesome as this one was.

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