Review: Rachel Hawkins’ Demonglass

hex hallTitle: Demonglass
Series: Hex Hall
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Genre: 
Young Adult Fiction, Paranormal
Publication Date: March 22nd, 2011
Pages: 
359
Publisher:
Disney
Rating: 

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Just so you know, this review will have spoilers if you haven’t read the first book in this series, Hex Hall. 

Sophie Mercer thought she was a witch. But turns out that she’s a demon. And her super hot crush, Archer Cross, is an agent for The Eye, a group bent on wiping her kind off of the earth.
Sophie’s powers threaten everyone she loves, which is why she wants to go to London for the Removal, even though the procedure might kill her.

But, once she arrives she comes face to face with more demons. Someones raising them in secret, with plans to use their powers. That, and The Eye has become more aggressive. It turns out Sophie just might have to keep her powers to protect herself and those she loves.

First, I want to say I hate these covers. They’re so cliche bad young adult covers.

The writing style in this books is the same as the first, but with that being said the tone is a bit darker and the characters’ thoughts more mature. It just came with the subject matter I guess.

One of the big things about this book is the change in the setting. We are no longer at Hex Hall. Sophie, Jenna, and Cal are in England with Sophie’s father at The Council’s headquarters. While the mansion they’re staying in is pretty thoroughly described—mostly as really big—we don’t really get to see the outside. There’s nothing super England brought up within the book.

I liked the introduction of Sophie’s father, but I felt like their past and the tension that would come with him lying and being absent wasn’t fully utilized. Yes, I felt that right at the beginning, but without really any discussion or dwelling on it they just moved past that. It’s like it was just kind of forgotten about.

Another new thing in this book is the love interest. Yes, Archer is still present but there’s another love interest added. I’m not going to mention who, because it is a little spoiler-y. But I will say that is is the guy Sophie is engaged to, because Prodigium do arranged marriages. Really though, the arranged marriages aren’t really a big deal because they make it seem like you can just decide to get out of it. So, not sure why it’s a thing. I don’t know if I liked the attempt at adding tension with another guy, and I say attempt because the romance just doesn’t seem there.

What I did enjoy was Sophie’s attitude and approach in this book. She’s very anti-self after the events of the last book and finding out she’s a demon. It just made me like her more, because it showed that she was taking this serious and cared about other peoples’ safety more than her being super powerful.

All in all, it was a decent sequel. I think you just can’t take these books super serious, and read them more as a guilty pleasure. You can find Demonglass on Amazon and the author Rachel Hawkins at therealladyhawkins.tumblr.com. Give it a read and let me know what you think in the comments. Plus leave recommendations for my next book!

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