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Review: Demonglass

Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins is the second book in the Hex Hall series. It was released on March 1, 2011 in the U.S. in hardcover and eBook formats. It is available online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats.

Published by Hyperion Books (a division of Disney), the print edition is 368 pages.

GOODREADS DESCRIPTION IS SPOILER-Y FOR HEX HALL

SO IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE FIRST BOOK IN THE SERIES, PLEASE SKIP!

Goodreads 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?

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After an eventful year at Hecate Hall, Sophie Mercer is sent to spend a relaxing summer in the English countryside with her father at Thorne Abbey. But she does not plan to head off to England all by herself with a man she doesn’t even know.

There is no way she’d be able to survive the summer without her best friend and roommate Jenna. Especially with the rumors that Archer Cross, the boy who betrayed and tried to kill her, is in London.

While her father hopes to teach her more about her powers, all she wants to do is ask the Prodigium to help her get rid of them. There is no way she is willing to risk the damage that will inevitably result when her powers get out of control.

Even though the Removal is a risk to her life, she just wouldn’t be able to live with herself if using her powers ended up resulting in someone’s death. And ever since the situation with Alice and Elodie her magic hasn’t been quite the same, with some seriously disastrous results. So there is no way she wants to take any chances.

But all her plans have to take a back seat when she has a disturbing premonition. And when she learns that the Eye is specifically out to get her and when someone who is supposed to be an ally may in fact have their very own agenda, Sophie is once again in the middle of a mystery she she’ll need to solve. And quickly.

So much for a relaxing summer.

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Demonglass is the exciting, fast-paced, action-packed, tension-filled sequel to Hex Hall. It picks up at the end of the school year, which Sophie has managed to make it through even with all the shocking events from the previous fall.

She heads to England with the hope of convincing the Prodigium to remove her powers, and perhaps run into Archer Cross…or not. In addition to allowing her friend Jenna to come along to keep her company, the school has also insisted that Alexander Callahan (who we all know as Cal), groundskeeper and healer extraordinaire, go too.

As usual, things do not go smoothly for Sophie and she receives quite a few surprises when she finally gets to meet the Prodigium.

As a sequel, this book transcends the first book in the series by leaps and bounds. There is a lot more action, a darker edge and a tremendous amount of tension and build-up leading to the electrifying cliffhanger ending.

Author Rachel Hawkins has exceeded every single expectation for this second book. From page one the story is riveting and it becomes even more so as it develops. There is not one extraneous moment in the storyline and every word will keep you absorbed.

This installment moves the story forward with a few new mysteries to solve, a whole new group of people to mistrust and a potential new love interest. There are a number of surprises and even more heartbreak than in Hex Hall. But Sophie is just as sarcastic, if not more so, and the humor that was one of the key elements in the first book continues in Demonglass tenfold.

This book is a must read. Period.

Reviewer gives this book [rating=6]. Like In-N-Out Burger‘s infamous secret menu this one deserves my off-the-menu 6 star rating. (My very first for a sequel.)

On a personal note:

AHHHH! Yes, I screamed when I finished this book. There was no guardrail when I hit that cliff at the end and tumbled head-over-heels right off the edge.

From about two-third of the way in until the end, this book was four thousand tortures rolled into one.

If you’ve read my reviews before you know I try not to give anything away, but I have say one thing: If Archer Cross was in a celebrity death-match with Romeo (of R&J) and Tony (of WSS) every single day of the week he will beat those guys hands down. Every. Single. Time.

If you loved Hex Hall you will love, love, love, love this book. If you only liked it, it is so worth giving this one a read.

Oh, Rachel Hawkins how you’ve tortured us at the end though. 2012 is too far away. I knew I should have waited six months so the agony would be far shorter.

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Click here to read the excerpt.

If you’d like to read my review of Hex Hall click here.

 

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