Rachel Hawkins Demonglass
359 pp. Hyperion (Disney Book Group) 2011 ISBN: 978-1-4231-2131-2
Summary (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?
This sequel to Hex Hall only makes me want to meet Sophie more. I know she’s a fictional character, but come on! She’s full of awesome in so many ways. Sophie’s still super snarky and a little awkward. And of course these character traits caused me to laugh out loud and snort many, many times. Sophie is simply a cool character that I never get tired of.
I’m also singing Demonglass’ praises because as questions from Hex Hall were answered, more questions were raised. Sometimes I have a problem with this in series, but Rachel Hawkins must know how bothersome that can be because she has a great balance here! The addition of more action and suspense is awesome. In her dedication at the beginning, it says “For John, who said, “You know what this books needs? More fire. And maybe some swords.” Yep, John was right. Not enough books have sword-wielding characters these days… 🙂
I have to admit, as much as I love a good paranormal story, I love that Rachel Hawkins is writing paranormal that doesn’t really read like paranormal. The story has demons and witches and shapeshifters, sure. And there’s romance and magical powers. We might even have a love triangle going on! But when I read Hex Hall and Demonglass, I read this believing this could be going on. The characters are written like real teenagers; they aren’t overly angsty and using a thesaurus-driven vocabulary. They act and speak like REAL teens. I see about 120 different teens all day–I know how they act and speak. I’m reading Hex Hall out loud to my classes right now and the believability of the characters and their actions is probably one of the biggest reasons they enjoy it so much. They’re listening to a story about a character that says things like them and acts like them (minus the powers).
If you haven’t read Hex Hall, you’re missing out on something great. If you have, but haven’t read Demonglass yet, you’re missing out on something even greater. And with all these greats and greaters, after the cliffhanger ending, I’m guessing book three is going to be the greatest!