Friday, October 5, 2012

Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins

Demonglass (Hex Hall, #2)Title: Demonglass (Hex Hall #2)
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH
Published: March 22 2011
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 359
Source: Library
Read: September 15-16 2012
In A Few Words: 
My Rating: 5 Stars

Goodreads Synopsis:
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?

Melissa's Musings:

A few days ago, I posted my review of Hex Hall. Let me just say that Demonglass is just as good. I was so involved in the story that I didn't quite see all the twists and turns that come up in this book, so I was nicely surprised there.

There is a love triangle, but to be honest I really kind of enjoy this one. I know that I've said in the past that some love triangles are horrible, but this one is really well done. The dynamics that Sophie has with each of the guys are really different, so they're easy to differentiate, and she really has different feelings for each one. It's kind of a forced love triangle in a way since Cal is betrothed to her, but it still works well. I feel for Cal, he's so nice and it's clear that he cares for her a lot, so it's a shame that she doesn't feel the same way. Although judging by some actions toward the end of the book this may change, it'll be interesting to see what happens between them in the next book.

There's a lot of action in this book, and a lot more magic and spells. A lot more dark magic, of course, now that Sophie knows she's a demon. There's cool teleportation, Sophie's bound to a ghost, people are trying to kill her, it really is jam packed. But, the laugh out loud humor is still there, which is awesome. I loved it in the last book and I loved it in this one too.

The progression of the relationship between Sophie and her father is really great to watch too. At first, she's unsure, and doesn't trust him. I wouldn't either, if he'd been gone from my life for 17 years. But then as she starts to trust him a little more, she grows to care for him. It's clear that she wants to make him proud, and that she recognizes that he has a lot that he can teach her. 

The story leaves you wanting so much more. I don't want to put in any spoilers but let me just say that I'm so disappointed that my library doesn't have the third book, I'll have to get it ASAP so that I can find out what happens.


Wall-to-wall books said...

I have read all 3 books. I have to say that is is probably one of my favorite series! I just loved them! The last one is just as good as the first 2. My daughter read all 3 books in one day! Then she said - Mom, I want more!

Nicki Mann said...

There are a ton of stories about these types of characters out right now! It seems like every book I read about involves witches, werewolves, demons, etc! Very Halloweeny.

Anonymous said...

I completely agree with you on the love-triangle thing - I feel like Sophie-and-Cal would be a slow-burn sort of romance (although I'm sure there's WAY more going on beneath the surface that Sophie doesn't see!) whereas Sophie-and-Archer is all boom! chemistry! heat! etc. But if I had to pick, I'd be team Archer.
I haven't gotten around to reading the third book either - but I've heard some mixed reviews, which makes me apprehensive...

Melissas Midnight Musings said...

See, that's the best when a series just leaves you wanting more.

Yep, there are lots! I read these during Sept so that I could purposefully post the reviews this month to coincide with Halloween.

I think there's a ton more going on beneath the surface between Sophie and Cal too, I'm excited to read what it all entails.