Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins

Title: Demonglass
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Pages: 359
Published: March 22, 2011
Publisher: Hyperion Books CH
Goodreads Summary:
"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?"

            Demonglass is the epic second novel of the Hex Hall series. I love Rachel Hawkins's writing style. In Hex Hall, she left us readers with a cliffhanger. When Sophie Mercer finds out the boy that she is in love with is part of The Eye, he disappears without a trace. Although he IS spotted in England. Then Sophie's dad takes her, Cal, and Jenna to England, where the The Council (The Prodigium government) takes place. Sophie soon finds out that she is betrothed to Cal, the charming Prodigium groundskeeper at Hex Hall. I was totally surprised when this part of the story was mentioned, and I was kind of excited and sad about it.
            The middle section of the book was a little slow for me. Basically, Sophie is taken to Thorne Abby, a very high-class mansion. She learns to control her magic with her dad. And she meets Nick and Daisy, the other two demons in the world beside her and her dad. I didn't like Nick and Daisy, I thought they were both annoying and suspicious. There was a point in the story when Sophie meets Archer again, and they are reunited. THAT MADE ME SO HAPPY. I still liked Sophie and Archer together, even though he IS an Eye.
The ending of the book was when things really picked up. When Sophie discovers that the Casnoffs are the ones raising demons, all hell breaks loose. And when is found in the cornmill nearly dead, the Eye comes after the Council. Sophie's father goes through the Removal, but survives. He and Archer are locked away in the dungeon. Sophie is about to go through the Removal, but it is post-poned when Nick appears to have nearly killed twenty people in a matter of minutes. Sophie is about to go rescue her father and Archer, when her path is interrupted by Cal. He tells her to go to her mother, with Aislinn Brannicks. And surprises Sophie with a kiss, expressing his feelings towards her. That was the sweetest thing I have ever read. Like seriously, it was so adorable I could cry. He scampers off to save Sophie's father and Archer, risking his own life.
           And again, Rachel Hawkins leaves us readers with yet, ANOTHER cliffhanger! I am so excited to read book three! I wonder where Hawkins will take us..

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