Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Review: Demonglass

Author: Rachel Hawkins
Series: Hex Hall #2
Rating: ✮✮✮✮
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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 (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?

I'd forgotten how much I enjoyed the first book in this series, Hex Hall, because I was delighted once I dove back into Sophie's world. She's a great character to follow along as the world of the Hex Hall series is expanded, and she's one of the easiest, least annoying first person POVs I've had the pleasure of reading in a while.

What I appreciate most about Demonglass is how smart Sophie is about things -- the boy she really likes is a bad guy? Don't meet up with him in secret! (The first time, anyway.) Doing something dangerous and you get advice that changes your mind? Change it! She does everything a smart teenager should do in a series like this, and I've never once yelled or groaned because Sophie did something that just begs her to be offed, unlike some other YA paranormal heroines I won't name.

Even the inevitable sort of love triangle didn't bother at all, because it wasn't shoved in just for the same of having a love triangle. Sophie's caught between two guys she genuinely likes - one who she knows she should stay away from (and does, for the most part), and the other who is a pretty great guy. Neither of the guys fight for Sophie in an unhealthy way, neither professes their stalkery love for her, and it's just. So. REFRESHING.

I felt a few of the secondary characters in this one, from the new demon teens to some of the council members were drawn a little thin, but I did enjoy getting to know Sophie's father, and her gay vampire best friend Jenna is always a delight.

I can't wait for Spell Bound to come out, especially after that doozy of a cliffhanger ending Demonglass.

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