- Title: Demonglass
- Author: Rachel Hawkins
- Series: Hex Hall #2
- Previous Book: Hex Hall
- Next Book: Spell Bound
- Source: Library
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Description from Goodreads:
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?
When we left Sophie, she had decided to have her powers removed in order to save others from her potential of “demoning out” and killing people and was anticipating the arrival of her father, aka the Head of the Council. With that left hanging, and knowing that the Removal could potentially kill her? I knew I had to pick Demonglass up right away. Also, the title is Demonglass, which we found out in the first book was the only thing that could kill a demon, and Sophie’s a demon. I had to figure out how the title fit!
I thought the beginning of this book was great. It seems ordinary, since Sophie is in class, like any other day, and still awaiting her father’s arrival. However, this class turns out to be anything normal. After a near-death experience, we finally meet Sophie’s father! Though he’s been absent for the entirety of her seventeen years, he immediately uses his powers as head of the Council to put his foot down as her father and make her hold off on the Removal process. He then invites her to England to learn more about her heritage before she makes her final decision regarding her powers. We also quickly learn a secret about Cal, the hot, young groundskeeper.
Sophie, Jenna, and Cal travel with her father to England and head to Council headquarters, where they meet four other members of the Council, and two teenagers, who Sophie quickly realizes are also demons. This starts alarm bells in her head, and leads to the main mystery of Demonglass. Who is raising demons, and why?
I thought that Demonglass was a really good follow-up to Hex Hall. I liked learning more about Sophie’s ancestors and the workings of the Council. The characters were great, too. First of all, Cal just made me swoon. I absolutely loved him. He doesn’t say much, but there is just something about his character that I really loved. He quickly replaced Jenna as my favorite character. Archer also makes a reappearance in this book, which definitely complicates things for Sophie. She still has feelings for him, but obviously, with his involvement with the Eye, he also tests her loyalties.
I thought that the ending of Demonglass was much better than Hex Hall. It wasn’t quickly and easily resolved, and it definitely left several questions unresolved. If I hadn’t already had Spell Bound sitting on the shelf behind me, I think I would have screamed! Seriously, I even had to tweet my friend about it!
I thought it was a great lead-in to the next book!