Saturday, March 26, 2011

Review: Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins

Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins

Series: Hex Hall (#2)
Pages: 368
Publisher: Hyperion Books CH
Published: March 1st, 2011
IBSN: 9781423121312

This review will contain Hex Hall spoilers.

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?

[Synopsis by Goodreads]

Demonglass picks up not long after where Hex Hall left off. It opens with Sophie negotiating with her father, head of the council. They come to a compromise: Sophie's to spend the summer with her father in England if she's to have any chance of going through with the Removal.

Demonglass, in general, felt like a heavier read than Hex Hall. The plot was much more serious, more twisty, more complicated. The stakes were higher, and there were more risks involved. In short, it was my kind of plot - engaging and fast.

Sophie grew a lot as a character in Demonglass, and though I appreciated her sense of humor, her snarkiness felt kind of cliched and I didn't like her jokes in serious situations.

Sophie and Archer's romance was well-written and had a lot of chemistry. Sophie's initial aversion to him was natural, given his departure in the last book. Though, a love triangle feels imminent, and one of the main reasons I liked Hex Hall was because it didn't have one, and that was refreshing.

The ending was crazy and hectic - I had to read carefully over the last dozen pages, scared I'd miss something - and left us on a huge cliffhanger. It's left me anxious for the next book, the conclusion to the trilogy.

I give Demonglass a 4 out of 5.