Title: Demonglass (Book 2 in Hex Hall)
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Release Date: March 22, 2011
Sophie Mercer thought she was a witch. That was the whole reason she was sent to Hex Hall, a reform school for delinquent Prodigium (a.k.a. witches, shape-shifters, and faeries). But then she discovered the family secret, and the fact 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 either destroy her powers for good-or kill her.
But once Sophie arrives, she makes a shocking discovery. Her new housemates? They’re demons too. Meaning, someone is raising demons 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?
As good as the first book was, this is ten times better! Brimming with mystery, magic, friendship, and betrayal, Hawkins kept me on the edge of my seat to the very last word – and what a cliff-hanger!
Sophie becomes an even more loveable character in this second part of her adventures, and I love the new setting. I love how we get more of Jenna and her love life, too. (The whole Archer dilemma is awesome, too.) Being introduced to new characters and seeing more of old ones in fast paced novels is hard, but somehow it felt natural in this story, and I still had time to get to know the characters. This, of course, makes the ending all the more suspenseful, shocking, and sad. The way it ended, with so many doubts, questions, and loose ends, makes it unbelievably difficult to write this review instead of diving straight into the next book.
I highly recommend this book, even if maybe the first book was a little slow for your tastes, because this installment will have you holding your breath while to wait to see what happens next!
*Note: I do not recommend this book to anyone under the age of 13 due to mild language, violence, and sexual references.