Friday, November 11, 2011

Review: Demonglass (Hex Hall # 2)

Author: Rachel Hawkins
Publisher: Hyperion
Release Date: March 22, 2011 
Pages: 359
Buy It: Amazon / B&N

Sophie Mercer thought she was a witch. That was the whole reason she was sent to Hex Hall, a reforem school for delinquent Prodigium (a.k.a. witches, shapeshifters, and fairies). 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 any more. Does she?


Demonglass, the sequel to Hex Hall definitely lived up to the promise that Hex Hall had started.

In Demonglass Sophie along with her father, Jenna and Cal go to England over the summer. The meaning of the trip, is for Sophie to get to understand what it truly means to be a demon and to do some much needed family bonding with her father who she has finally met for the first time. It is also at this point, right before she leaves to England that she finds out that she in in fact betrothed to Cal. That was something even I didn't see coming. But something that definitely did make for an interesting turn. I did predict at the end of Hex Hall that Cal would have a bigger role in Demonglass then he had had in Hex Hall and yes, indeed he did. We got to know his character at lot more and I came to like Cal's character the most in this whole series. However, I simply wish there would have been even more of Cal's character then there was. The ending of the book only promises a lot more of his character, however, so that appeases me, for now.

Sophie and James (her father) have a lot of getting to know each other time in this book, which strengthens their bond a lot. It was nice to get a glimpse of this bonding time. James has fortified his role as a major character in this series and hopefully even more in the coming book. Which by the end of the Demonglass we can only hope for after his powers of a demon are stripped from him by the Council after he relinquishes his powers over to Lara.

It is quit shocking when it is found out that the other demons (like Daisy and Nick / i absolutely dislike these characters) are being raised on a forbidden part of land on Hex Hall. And that Lara and Anastasia are the one's raising the demons, even with the help of the other Council members, all under the nose of James, the Council leader. I liked the character of Anastasia up until this point. It felt like a betrayal of her and the trust put into her as a character. I felt the pain I'm sure that Sophie felt, even the betrayal.

And if any of you are wondering, yes, Archer is a big part of this book as well. Even though he is a part of The Eye. Actually his entrance into Demomglass is when he rescues Sophie from being captured and goes on to plan a secreting meeting with her were they can talk. Sophie doesn't end up going to this meeting. But that does not stop Archer from trying to get a hold of her. He ends up disguising himself as a waiter at her birthday party where he plans another meeting. (side note: There is an attempt on Sophie's life at her bday party). Sophie ends up going to this meeting, where Archer goes on to take her to Hex Hall, well the island that Hex Hall resides on and he goes to show her the secret that is lying in plain sight. They go on to kiss at the end of that meeting, where they are tormented by their feelings and pretty much promise to be with each other forever more and declare their love. In a manner of speaking. Which I must role my eyes at. Because by this point I have become more of a fan of Cal then I have of Archer. So you can officially say I'm Team Cal. Sophie and Archer plan up to meet again later the next night and Sophie goes back to where she is staying.

It is at this point that pretty much everything comes to a breaking point. Jenna tells Sophie that she will not be going back to Hex Hall with her, and that she plans to go off with Vix (her new girlfriend) and to stay with a coven of her own kind. Sophie reveals what she has found to her father, who now that I think about it is not all to surprised, but seems more like his suspensions have been confirmed.

However it is at this point that both Daisy and Nick go missing and it is later found out that they have officially demoned-out and Daisy attacks Sophie. Who with the help of her father, and later Lara is able to get away from and Daisy is locked up. Lara is accused of being her master and Elodie (the ghost is has been bonded to Sophie in death) tells Sophie to go to Archer because Nick has attacked him.

Rushing back to their meeting place, because it was now night and time for them to meet up again, Sophie finds Archer lying in a pool of his own blood, his chest ripped open by a pair of claws. Sophie, cryingly teleports to Cal's door and demands that he meet her at the windmill (the meeting point) and teleports back to Archer. Cal arrives a little bit later, after his initial shock, he heals Archer's wounds and Archer is thus saved from certain death. Can you imagine the gall of Sophie to ask Cal (her betrothed) to heal Archer (her lover). It made me like Sophie a little less. However, the three of them are found by the council members and Archer is haled off and locked up while Sophie and Cal are directed to their rooms to await their punishment.

Sophie is punished to The Removal, the stripping of her demon powers, as his her James after he tries to stick up for her and even gives up his position as head of the council. Archer is sentenced to death and Cal is sent back to Hex Hall (see any favortism here?). It is also at this point that it is found out that the whole council was in on the raising of the demons, and that Lara and Anastasia's father was actually one of the people who helped turn Alice (Sophie's great-grandmother) into a demon. And that it was them, who even got rid of Lucy and her husband (Sophie's grandmother) as well as Alice, after they were deemed failures. Lara calls James and Sophie failures as well and that's when she punishes them to have their demons powers stripped.

Later on, after James powers are stripped (he does survive) and Sophie is dragged away to have hers stripped as well, the house everyone had been staying at is attacked by The Eye who is determined to get Archer back and in the chaos that ensues, Sophie gets away, outside of the house she is able to see that the house is actually on fire, while Archer and her father are still trapped inside. However, her power's have been locked away while she had been awaiting the removal and there is nothing she can do to help. It is at this point that she runs into Cal who had come back because he felt that something was not right. Sophie tells Cal what has happened, after a brief kiss (their first, so cute) where Cal finally mans up and lays it on her.... he rushes into the house to some how help. But not before he directs her to go to Aislinn Brannick (Brannick??? another one of their enemies?). It is here that her mother is currently residing? But why? Why would Sophie's Mom be staying with one of the few enemies that the Prodigium have? Just another cliff hanger. Something I feel Hawkins has definitely mastered.

Owwww.... And I forgot to mention, Jenna is missing.

Now I must wait a year to find out what is going on. Its going to be a long year.

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