Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins
** summary contains spoilers for Hex Hall**
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 am loving this series! After devouring the first book in the series, Hex Hall, I was eager to see what was next for Sophie and the rest of the characters and let me tell you: this book did not disappoint! If anything, it was even better than the prequel. I've already ordered Spell Bound from my library and am counting down the days until it arrives because the ending was such a cliffhanger!
Demonglass picks up a few months after Hex Hall ended and Sophie is dealing with a lot. In Hex Hall, I really liked Sophie's character, but at times she seemed a bit immature. In Demonglass, Sophie has matured quite a bit and even though she maintains her classic sassy attitude, she is much more independent. I love Sophie's personality and her sarcasm and wit makes her one of my favorite characters to read about. She always responds to situations realistically and she certainly has a lot on her plate this time around.
There were quite a few new characters introduced in Demonglass and barely any of them are what they seem. I'm so glad Jenna played just as big of a role in Demonglass because she is such a great character. Her and Sophie's friendship is such fun to read about and it is nice to see how important they are to each other. Then there's Sophie's father who we get to see a lot more of. It was nice to see Sophie getting to know him and learning more about their family history. Plus, Cal also has a much bigger part in Sophie's life now. I'm not one for love triangles, but I can kind of see why this one had to happen. I do have a soft spot for Archer though and am eager to see what will happen with him in Spellbound.
The plot was extremely intense in Demonglass. There were all kinds of new mysteries and a ton of action. The villains were more evil and the last few chapters truly had me on the edge of my seat. I can't believe how everything ended because I just need to know what happened. I have so many questions and worries that Spell Bound can't get here soon enough!
Demonglass was a wonderful sequel to Hex Hall and I enjoyed it even more than the first book. It was action-packed, romantic, and mysterious, all of the things I love in a book. I highly recommend this series and am kicking myself for waiting so long to read it.
Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars
March 22, 2011/Hyperion Books/359 Pages/Young Adult/Book Two
Source: Publisher (ARC)
Other books in this series: Hex Hall (Book One) and Spell Bound (Book Three)
-- plus, a new spin-off series is coming out in May of this year. The first book is called School Spirits!