Wednesday, July 25, 2012

A Whole Lot of Nothing

Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins

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?

Review: A disappointing sequel to Hex Hall with a love triangle and very little action.

It's been a while since I read Hex Hall, but I do remember that I enjoyed it. It was an enjoyable young adult supernatural school book. Unfortunately, Demonglass did not live up to the first book. I was a little lost when I began the book since it had been so long since I had read Hex Hall, but the book did a good job of catching up the reader without resorting to obvious info dumps. 

The book had a surprisingly lack of action. Most of Sophie's time was spent in the mansion and wondering around the grounds. There was plenty of moping and pining for Archer. I don't know why she has any feelings for Archer since he seems to be the standard unattainable hot guy who also wants to kill her kind. Cal was slightly better, but seemed to have the personality of a log. Sophie was a bit too sarcastic for my liking. I'm plenty sarcastic, but sarcasm has a place and should not be over used. The only real action happened at the end of the story, but what led up the ending has me intrigued enough to read the final book in the series.


Recommendation: I would recommend this book to those that have read the first book and I would recommend the series to those that enjoy young adult supernatural fiction.

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