Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Book Review: Demon Glass by Rachel Hawkins

Title: Demon Glass (Hex Hall, #2)
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Hyperion Teens
Hardcover, 359 pages
Date Published: March 22, 2011
Source: Gifted
Description (Taken from Goodreads):
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?
Rachel Hawkins has done it again! Demon Glass is full of the snarky, sassy Sophie-goodness that made me fall in love with Hex Hall. It’s not as chock full of funny as its predecessor, but the new location (a sprawling English mansion) and the new characters (including two unpredictable, kind of unstable demon teens) make for a more than interesting foray into the supernatural.

This time around, readers get to see Sophie far out of her comfort zone. Sure, she still has Jenna – who I still love – and Cal is around – love him too! – but all the scenes with her Dad show just how uncomfortable she is with both him and what they are. Despite Sophie and her Dad not having that familial connection, they have this lovely chemistry that bubbles with their growing affection for one another. Readers get to see them develop that father daughter love (insert sappy aww).

Now, I know everyone is probably wondering where Archer is….fear not, he’s in Demon Glass as well. The steamy that radiated from Hex Hall’s pages is a bit dulled this time, but it’s most definitely there. But keep in mind that Archer is technically the bad guy, so any steamy is made 1000x more steamy because it’s so illicit. Discovering who Archer really is and how he fits into the huge political mess of the supernatural world is complicated, but so worth it.

Demon Glass has different feel than Hex Hall, but the new atmosphere and complications amp up the tension and force Sophie to come to terms with who, and what, she is. The fighting is intense, the politics come into play, the building badness lingers, and the characters become so much stronger. Oh, and the cliffhanger is a killer. All of these things make Demon Glass a sure winner for Hex Hall fans!

Opening line: At a normal high school, having class outside on a gorgeous May day is usually pretty awesome. ~ pg. 1

Favorite lines/passages: “What, does this pit also eat kittens? How much worse can it be?” ~ pg. 266
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.

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Wrighty said...

I liked this one too! I was afraid that the wit and snark from the first book would be lost as the series continued but I was happy to see it was still there. And I love the covers! Great review! :)

Jac said...

Great Review :)

I adored this series - loved this book!! I loved the different feel to this one over Hex Hall, and the complexity of the love triangle. (I actually didn't mind the triangle, and I had a hard time picking which one I wanted Sophie to end up with!)

-Jac @ For Love and Books

Andria Buchanan said...

I loved this book so much I blitzed through it in one day and I've been fighting with my Oldest to get it back and read it again.

Britt said...

That is a fantastic favorite line. This book did have a different feel and was a bit Archer-less ;) I really need to read Spellbound. Happy Reading!

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