Sunday, December 11, 2011

Review of Demonglass

My review of Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins is based on a hardcover copy of the book that I won in a giveaway. The following review is my honest opinion of the work.

Goodreads Summary: "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?

So I was reading along happily, giggling at the snarkiness that is Sophie, when all of a sudden out of nowhere...WHAM-O! And I'm not talking about an infomercial. I'm talking about a plot twist that was like...well, picture yourself on a rollercoaster, just cruising along and enjoying yourself, when all of a sudden it plunges down the steepest drop in the universe. WHAM-O! That's the second chapter of this book, yes,  you read right...THE SECOND CHAPTER. I'll admit it kind of gave me a Miley Cyrus as Hannah Montana moment..."Crazy old warlock say WHAT?!"

And the surprises just kept on coming. Rachel Hawkins takes her readers on a wild, supernatural ride in her newest Hex Hall volume. Finally readers get to explore the political aspects of the world that Sophie has been thrust into, courtesy of her father and the Council. Unfortunately I wasn't given as much information on this as I would have liked; but that could just be me. I'm always super interested in an author's interpretation of supernatural politics, I mean so much of it is race relations only a little different than what we deal to in our own day to day lives. And so much more interesting than any government class I ever sat through.

I absolutely adored Sophie in this one. She was fun in Hex Hall but I found myself preferring Jenna, but in Demonglass Sophie completely won me over with her sarcasm and general snarkiness. I mean, sometimes that's all you can do when everything is crashing down around you, toss out a sarcastic comment and hope for the best, right? Or maybe that's just my kind of solution. Either way I loved this girl.

Archer is back and badder than ever. And you know my weakness for bad boys, hence me falling for the bad boy in almost every single book that I have ever read. But now Cal has come up from behind with a sneaky little twist by Rachel Hawkins. He's kind of turning into the charming, old-fashioned prince charming that makes every girl a little swoon-y and let me tell you I am not at all immune. Unfortunately, despite minor hints to the contrary, I'm not seeing much hope for a love triangle but that could very well just be my thoughts. You might see things differently. But no matter what Sophie thinks or feels, here are two very yummy boys for readers to drool over.

Demonglass totally surpassed my expectations after having read Hex Hall, it's the best of the series so far without a doubt. I'm giving Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins a five out of five stars review and very much looking forward to getting my hands on a copy of Spell Bound.

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