Thursday, 29 March 2012

[REVIEW] Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins

Published: March 2011
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: Hex Hall #2
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? [From Goodreads]

In Demonglass, Sophie shares some quality time with her father but what turns out to be a nice family reunion soon turns in to more trouble then she asks for. There's tons of surprises and excitement in this sequel, more then the first book i would definitely say.

Demonglass definitely redeemed this series in my eyes. The first book was horrible but this one was amazing. 

I LOVE the surprises Hawkins put in to this book. There are surprises from the first chapter all the way to the last. It was absolutely amazing. 

In this book, Sophie is told who her fiancee is since each witch/warlock is bethrothed at thirteen when their powers come. I was completely shocked and am definitely on this guy's side. Archer is the general "bad boy" in the series and I really don't like him but of course the main character Sophie has to be soooo in love with him. Some things never change. 

What they also find as a surprise in this book is that there are people creating demons for some reason. You figure out who but it's a complete shocker. 

The only thing that my opinion hasn't changed on is the cover. Often people say to not judge a book by its cover but seriously, who hasn't picked up a book and their first opinion of it was how good the cover is? I'm definitely one of those people so yeah, back to what I was saying. This cover sucks. The cover follows the whole witch-reflection design with the normal Sophie at the top and the reflection being her all mighty, powerful form. Okay well first of all, the picture of Sophie has nothing to do with what happens in the book. On the cover, she looks like she's prepared for a rain storm or something. Dressed for it in an all black attire plus umbrella and rain boots with puddles in the background. Sophie never once dressed like that in the book. Secondly, the reflection of the girl makes it look like either a really young bride, which could be a hint to the fiancee part, or an extravagant prom dress. Once again, doesn't make sense. Lastly the model on the cover. THERE'S NO EXCITEMENT FROM HER. Not once would i pick up this book and think "hmm, i'm going to read this" if i hadn't read previous reviews or seen the vass amount of advertising. Either way, they really need to reconceptialize these cover designs but the story is getting better so that's good. 

Still on the fence about this series but at least more of me is on the "I like this" side as opposed to the "I don't."

(originally posted in the TPL Word Out program)

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