Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Review: Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins (Hex Hall #2)

Title: Demonglass
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Publication date: March 22nd 2011
Publisher: Hyperion
Age group: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy
Cover rating: 4/5
Content rating: 5/5
Buy: Amazon

Spoiler warning! Even the Goodreads description of this book contains a big spoiler for the first book so only read ahead if you don't mind being spoiled! 

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?
My thoughts:
After developing a serious love for this series when I read the first book earlier in the week (reviewed here) I tried my best to wait a little before reading book two; to prolong the experience, I guess. I lasted a whole two days before I caved and just dived right into this one! Book twos in a series are often less than exciting but Demonglass didn't disappoint me in the slightest. I loved it from start to finish. I honestly couldn't handle tearing my eyes away from the pages.

Hex Hall really left us off on a huge cliffhanger. Sophie was just after discovering she's not a witch at all... she's a demon! She wants to go through 'The Removal' which has a high chance of killing her. This book shows us Sophie's journey as she learns more about who she is, where her family came from and what she can expect from her future. The more knowledge Sophie gets about her situation, the more confused she becomes! I honestly would hate to have been in Sophie's position and I think she handles it really well. I love that she can manage to be hilarious even during the most awful of times. Her sarcastic attitude made me laugh  out loud more than once!

In Demonglass, we really get to know more about the other characters in the book which I was so happy about. Sophie's relationship with her dad is rocky but blooming! It's so cool to watch them get to know each other after all these years and to see all the little things they have in common. We also get to know Cal more which is awesome. He was really in the background in Hex Hall so I didn't form much of an opinion about him at all. But now he's one of my favourite characters! He's so sweet and in his own way, funny.

We meet loads of new characters in this one and they're all fascinating. I spent a lot of this book wondering who was on whose side and all the twists took me by surprise! Anyone who loved Hex Hall will love this one and if you haven't read Hex Hall yet, I highly suggest you do so! I am so excited about starting on book three.


  1. ooh im glad you loved this!! Everyone has been going crazy about this series, and i yet have the first two books collecting dust on my shelf! :( Great review, you make me wanna jump into the first book!

    Farah @MajiBookshelf

  2. Glad you liked this, the series is really addictive. I'm looking forward to reading Spell Bound soon.

  3. Glad you enjoyed it Nicola. I received my copy of Spellbound from TBD this morning. I hope to get to read it soon but I have few review books I need to read first.

  4. Awesome review! I'm glad to hear this one didn't disappoint you and well done for even waiting two days! I wouldn't have lasted an hour. :D

  5. WOW ,,, HEX HALL is one of my Top 5 ,,, I just love it ,,, GREAT REVIEW ,,, and happy you like it too :)


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