Review: Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins

 

Title: Demonglass

Author: Rachel Hawkins

Publisher: Hyperion

ISBN: 978-1423121312

 

May Contain Spoilers

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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?

Review:

This was a very fun read.  I love Sophie’s abrasive character, and the snappy dialog added so much life to the story.  I am at the stage where another paranormal book with a magical high school setting just bores me.  There are so many of them on the bookstore shelves right now, and most of them don’t bring anything new to the table.  Demonglass sets itself apart with a protagonist I sometimes want to strangle, lots of action, and even more pulse-pounding danger.  Sophie’s love interest wants to kill her, for gosh sake!  Kill her!!  This girl needs better taste in boys!

In this second installment of the Hex Hall series, Sophie’s estranged dad makes a much appreciated appearance.  He is powerful, he is secretive, and he will do anything to protect Sophie and the Prodigium.  When Sophie makes up her mind to go through the Removal so she doesn’t turn into a blood-thristy, murderous demon, he is just as determined to talk her out of it.  He is one of the coolest in adults I have encountered  in YA fiction.  I am not a fan of one-dimensional parents, and neither of Sophie’s fit that mold.  I find both of them interesting characters in their own right.

Now, I do have to say that Sophie is a glutton for punishment.  How else can you justify her attraction to Archer?  Sure, the guy is drop-dead gorgeous, but he has been ordered to kill her!  Even taking his impressive fighting abilities into account, Archer should take a backseat to Cal.  I know, I know, Cal just isn’t as hot as Archer, but his magical talents could really come in handy.  Since everyone seems to have it out for Sophie, hooking up with a guy with healing skills makes a lot of sense.  If only Sophie would think with her head, and not her heart!  (OK, for the record, I would have fallen for Archer, too)

My only gripe about the book is the lack of an ending.  I am weary of cliffhanger endings, where not even one plot point is wrapped up.  It’s like watching a movie and having someone change the channel halfway through.  I’m not even asking for a final conclusion here; just throw me a bone and let me feel like there is some sort of ending so I can carry on until the next book in the series is released, usually a year later (or in the case of George R.R. Martin, six years later!).  I don’t think this trend is fair to readers, and it frustrates me every time I encounter it.

Grade:  B+ (Slight deduction for the cliffhanger ending)

Review copy provided by publisher

3 thoughts on “Review: Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins

  • March 7, 2011 at 7:33 pm
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    I just finished Hex Hall this morning and thought it was good but I’m hoping Demonglass provides something a little different than Harry Potter storyline. I just met Rachel yesterday as well and she is great so I can’t wait to get to this next story. Thanks for the review (even though I skipped some of it so I wouldn’t get spoilers)

  • March 7, 2011 at 7:40 pm
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    @Alexa – I tried to go light on the spoilers, but I know where you coming from! I typically won’t read a review unless I have already read the book :)

    I would say that Demonglass does take the story out of the Harry Potter clone realm; I am getting sick of the magical boarding school settings, too. I enjoyed the dialog and Sophie’s snarkiness, and I am now a big fan of the series. I am jealous that you were able to meet Rachel – I bet that was a lot of fun.

  • June 27, 2011 at 3:33 pm
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    I fell in love with this book! It had the perfect mix of love, magic, tragedy, and spookiness i could not bring myself to put it down and ended up finishing it in one day! I cant wait for the next book and i totally agree with the stupid cliff hanger !!!

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