Book Review: Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins
Demonglass is where things get more interesting. I liked this more than the first book. A lot of things happened and the romance part made me giddy. Secrets were also revealed, things I didn’t expect. Read my review after the jump. Beware, spoilers ahead.
Demonglass (Hex Hall #2)
by Rachel Hawkins
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?
After finding out that she was descended from the first demon, Sophie decided to go through the Removal process in fear of snapping and hurting anyone/everyone she ever cared for. But everyone discourages her from going through with it. Her father suggested that she goes with him in the summer to learn more about being a demon and maybe afterward she’ll change her mind. She agreed to go to London with her father with the condition that Jenna would go with them too.
Aside from Jenna, Cal was also asked to go with them so they’d get to know each other better. It was also revealed that she’s betrothed to Cal, since she dislikes the idea of being paired off like that, she informed him that it will never happen.
Upon their arrival to Thorne Abbey, they were welcomed by some of the other council members and a couple of teenagers like them who Sophie identified as demons right away. This came as a shock to her because she thought that the only demons left were her and her dad. This is what they try to uncover in this story, who is behind the summoning and turning people into demons.
Still wondering about Archer and his lies, Sophie tries to learn more about her origins with the help of the teen demons and then her father. She uncovers more information about their ancestors and helps her father investigate about the “demons rising”.
When Archer came back to Sophie’s life, he helped her uncover more secrets, told her about his association with The Eye, and showed her what he discovered while he was in Grimalkin Island. She realizes she’s still in love with him and it seems like he is too, risking his life just to be with her. Sophie feels conflicted because of Cal, they have grown closer together in the past weeks that they’re together in Thorne Abbey, but decides that her feelings for him are of a close friend or a brother. [Which is kinda sad because I was rooting for him. 🙁 ]
Things got exciting when Sophie and her dad are almost getting to the bottom of things. There was a commotion and Sophie was found saving Archer’s life. She and her father were sentenced to the Removal ritual while Archer was sentenced to death. They were locked in the dungeon waiting for their sentences to be served. Sophie’s father was first, and when he was returned, weak and covered with the ritual’s marking, Sophie was taken next. On their way to the chamber, she heard another commotion somewhere in the house and got away. She ran and stumbled upon Cal, who came back because of a suspicion. Sophie begged him to save her father and Archer, and Cal insisted that she goes to the Brannick’s where she’ll find her mother.