Review: Demonglass (Hex Hall 2) by Rachel Hawkins

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Bought from Amazon.
Publisher: Hyperion Books
Published: March 22, 2011
Series: Hex Hall
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Sophie Mercer thought she was a witch. That was the whole reason she was sent to Hex Hall, a reform school for delinquent Prodigium (a.k.a. witches, shape-shifters, and faeries). But then she discovered the family secret, and the fact 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 either destroy her powers for good-or kill her.

But once Sophie arrives, she makes a shocking discovery. Her new housemates? They're demons too. Meaning, someone is raising demons 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?

*If you haven't read HEX HALL, this review contains SPOILERS*
You can check out my review of book one, Hex Hall, here

I am absolutely loving Rachel Hawkins' Hex Hall Trilogy! I started book two, Demonglass, right after I finished the first book, Hex Hall, because I just couldn't get enough of Sophie's story. I completely adored the first book and was a bit worried that Demonglass wouldn't hold up to the amazingness that was the first book. Luckily, I was once again worrying for no reason, because book two was just as great as book one!

In Demonglass, Sophie, Jenna, Cal and Sophie's Dad all travel to England to stay at the Council Headquarters. With thoughts of the risky Removal in Sophie's head, her father is pretty desperate to get her to see things in his way and to give it more thought before completely getting rid of her powers. Not only does Sophie have to worry about that huge decision, but Sophie can't kick the hunky Archer out of her head.

Even though I definitely missed Hecate Hall, I really loved Council Headquarters. It was a beautiful setting and it introduced awesome new characters, but I was still able to learn more about characters from Hex Hall as well, which was great! I thought Hawkins' did an excellent job at the setting transition and I loved that the story started out at Hecate Hall and then transitioned over to the Council Headquarters.

I'm really enjoying watching Sophie grow as a person and discover more about her family history as the story carries on. While at the council headquarters Sophie gets a chance to really bond with her father and hear his side of the story which I thought was a great addition to the book. I feel like not enough young adult books have enough parental figures incorporated into their story lines, so I was really happy how flawlessly Sophie's father was required in the plot.

The ending was completely insane! I was so incredibly happy that I had the third book on my bookshelf because I totally didn't see any of that coming. One word: cliffhanger!

Awesome Quote:
"Mom always liked to say that we hardly ever know the decisions we make that change our lives, mostly because they're little ones." 

In Demonglass we get to see Sophie really embrace her special powers and start to learn more about her family's beginning. With a beautiful new setting in England and new characters added to the story, I couldn't help but finish this book in only a few sittings. Hawkins' writing is amazing and capture's a teen voice perfectly. I definitely can't wait to find out what happens in the final book of the Hex Hall trilogy, Spell Bound.

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