Author: Rachel Hawkins
Date Finished: August 28, 2011
Personal Book Count: 31 out of 75
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Genre/ Subject: young adult- paranormal
First Line: At a normal high school, having class outside on a gorgeous May day is usually pretty awesome.
Why did I pick this book?: it's the second in the series, and the first ended so well, that I couldn't NOT read this, and see how the story continued.
Summary and Review: taken from goodreads.com-
“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?”
Oh, where do I start with this one? It's one of those books that is so good, it's difficult to review. And that pairs with it's the second in the series, I don't want to spoil anything, I want everyone to have the pleasure of reading it themselves. When I finished the first book in this series I was pleased that Demonglass had already been released, and was looking forward to picking it up. There was something very comforting knowing that it was there waiting for me when I was ready. But life got in the way (as usual) and it was a while before I could get to it. But when I did it was just as good (better?) than the first. I spent way too many nights staying up way too late reading, and it consumed my thoughts for many of my waking hours. Many of my favorite characters were back (I won't spoil it by telling you which, but if you have read the first, I’m sure you can guess) with some new, very interesting additions. I liked the final setting, as it's been expanded out to the world, and we are not longer confined to the island the school is on.
I will say I had a serious gag moment when the author tried to combine Romeo and Juliet and a love triangle (take from that what you will). Really Ms. Hawkins? I love the story, by that made me want to smack myself. For my taste, the ending was a bit abrupt and open ended. It makes me crave the sequel NOW, and irritates at the same time. In fact, I will go so far as to say that it physically hurt when I finished, knowing I was going to have to wait for the next one. (if you are interested, amazon.ca has the release date for the next one as March 13 2012). I guess I will have to try and find some great reads to distract myself in the meantime.
Agree? Disagree? Recommendations? Any insights, suggestions, or comments on the book or format, or blog at all are most welcome. If you have read this and/ or review it yourself, please let me know. Can you think of any books like this? Give me a recommendation! =D