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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

98) Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins

The Blurb :

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?

My Thoughts :

I know there must have been something I liked about the first part in this series because I wouldn't have added this second book to my wishlist otherwise. Hex Hall however was a distant memory and even after the first few chapters of this sequel I didn't remember much about the first book. It was only halfway into Demonglass that the pieces of the puzzle came together and my memory came back to me.

Despite finally remembering what had happened in Hex Hall I have to say it felt like I was reading a totally different series. Instead of witches there were demons and the school had been left and exchanged for a huge over the top house in England. I was left slightly confused by the authors decision to take things elsewhere and spin the plot around. Curious I continued reading but by the end I knew that this was the last time I was visiting Hex Hall.

It wasn't that the storyline was bad or not well written it was just slightly confusing, uninteresting and weak. All this bad points built up throughout the book and at the end I was left wondering what had been achieved in this sequel. Nothing much. I could be wrong and the third book may offer a lot of revelations and excitement but Demonglass didn't and has left me feeling like I wasted my time.

Younger readers may find this series much more likable. After all it has the paranormal aspects that are popular these days and also a forbidden love vs the good guy. I wasn't moved by the story and will not be continuing but I can suggest this one for the young girls in your life who are looking for something new now that Twilight is over.

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Jessica @ a GREAT read said...

Nice review! A shame you didn't like this one that much. I've had it in my TBR pile for awhile as well. Hoping that it might appeal to my tastes, though I am far older than the teen reader, but not by much!

Again, nice review!

Unknown said...

Well as I said, I did like the first one.

This second part just went off on a tangent.

Why build up a cool school in the first book and then take off to the UK in the second? It made sense because the author made it make sense but at the end of the day there was no need.