The Compulsive Reader: Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins

Next Tuesday is the release day of Racehl Hawkins' Demonglass, the sequel to Hex Hall!

Sophie Mercer has always had troubles controlling her powers, and when she was forced to Hex Hall, she found out why: she's not a witch like she thought, but rather a demon. Now she's determined to remove her powers so that she won't run the risk of losing control and hurting anyone, but her father (and the only other demon in the world) intervenes. He demands that Sophie spend the summer with him in England before making up her mind. Without a say in the matter, Sophie heads to England with Jenna and Cal, only to make a few shocking discoveries about the Council and find that someone is raising demons. Meanwhile, The Eye and Archer Cross are still hunting for Sophie, forcing her to make some difficult--and potentially deadly--choices.

Rachel Hawkins has delivered a sharp and witty sequel that is even better than Hex Hall, and will generate as much laughter as it will suspense. Sophie's voice is hilarious, and her constant sarcasm, even in the face of danger and disaster, makes this series stand out. But all humor aside, another great part about this book is that Sophie is given the chance to start a genuine, meaningful relationship with her father, and once she gives him a chance, he doesn't turn out to be as odd or horrid as she initially suspected. Some other elements that keep Demonglass interesting are an unwelcome ghost, an unexpected betrothal, a pair of enigmatic new characters, and of course, the continuing tension between Sophie and Archer Cross, made even more dramatic by the revelation of Archer's true alliances. Hawkins raises the stakes as Sophie learns more about her demon powers and the political struggles among the Council, and there is plenty of drama leading to a climatic betrayal and showdown. Readers will be left squirming for a third book, especially when they discover the final twist Hawkins plants in the last pages--Demonglass is a whirlwind of mystery, magic, romance, and fun.

Cover Comments: I love the way this cover is similar to its prequel's. It's very British-looking, and the fire is very fitting, as readers will find out for themselves. Very cool!

ARC borrowed from the ever-fabulous Shanyn of chickloveslit.com!


Christina T said...

I completely agree with you that Demonglass is even better than Hex Hall. I liked Hex Hall but wasn't as big a fan as others seemed to be so I wasn't sure I wanted to read Demonglass but I'm so glad I did! It kind of reminded me of Ally Carter's Gallagher Girls series, particularly the latest book Only the Good Spy Young (especially the relationship between Archer and Sophie). Fantastic review! I can't wait to find out what happens next.

Mary @ BookSwarm said...

Great review--loved DEMONGLASS! And I, too, agree about liking it even more than its predecessor. Sophie has such a great voice and she totally makes me giggle. Can't believe we have to wait a year for the next one!! I have my suspicions about what's going to happen but I want to *know*, you know?
The Book Swarm

Carly Reads said...

Rachel Hawkins will be attending this year's 6th Annual Greater Rochester Teen Book Festival in Rochester, NY. To celebrate the release of "Demonglass," the Festival is giving away copies through the official Festival blog, Carly Reads. Enter to win a copy here: http://carlyreads.blogspot.com/2011/02/win-arc-of-demonglass.html

Anonymous said...

I loved Demonglass too, and yeah, it was better than Hex Hall (I liked Hex Hall too, but Demonglass took it to the next level).

can't wait for the third one!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Great review. I loved Hex Hall. Now you have me dying for Demonglass.