Sunday, August 21, 2011

Review: Demonglass

; 4/5 stars
AUTHOR: Rachel Hawkins
SERIES: Hex Hall, book 2
ISBN: 9781423121312
PAGES: 352
SOURCE: My library
GENRE: Paranormal romance
OVERALL RATING: Highly recommended
SUMMARY: Almost-seventeen year-old Sophie Mercer has been through a lot in the past year. She discovered she is a half-demon, one of only two left in the world. Her arch-nemesis at school was murdered and is now a ghost that appears to have special abilities. Her almost-boyfriend Archer has fled to London to continue his work with a demon-hunting agency. Now, she must travel to London with a father she barely knows to learn about herself and how to control her immense powers.

WHAT I LIKED: I just adore this series, especially since I can easily recommend it to my middle school girls. Finally, a (well-written) paranormal romance I don't have to worry about having in my MS library! Between the Hex Hall series and Kiersten White's Paranormalcy series, I know I'll be hooking some girls on reading this year.

Sophie's sardonic comments are laugh-out-loud funny, and the love triangle being set up among Archer, Cal, and Sophie definitely kept me turning pages. I love how Sophie establishes a relationship with her long-lost father in this one, and the new mysteries involving her mother are certainly intriguing.

I was glad to see Archer Cross return as a romantic lead, but I am not 100% certain I like him as much as I like Cal. His history and dual-loyalties are interesting, but Cal just seems to have more depth. I tend to root for the underdog, and in this case, that's Cal.

A heart-pounding, cliffhanger ending sets up the third book in the series, Spellbound, set for a March 2012 release date. I truly have no clue where Spellbound will take readers; there are so many different twists and unknowns and possible outcomes that I am anxious to read it!

WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: The story itself is fun and engrossing, so I am hard-pressed to find something I don't like. This is the best I can do--As with Hex Hall, the cover art is odd. Sophie never wears a white dress in the story, yet the cover features her in a formal white dress. I know that cover artists often do not read the book and that authors often do not have any say in their own cover art. Still, you'd think someone at Hyperion would have caught that.

READALIKES: Paranormalcy and Supernaturally (Kiersten White); Darkest Powers trilogy (Armstrong)

  • Language: mild
  • Sexuality: mild; some kissing
  • Violence: medium; some demon-raising and murder
  • Drugs/Alcohol: two teen demons drink concoctions to numb their minds
STATUS IN MY LIBRARY: We have it, and it will no doubt be popular this year because I added it to our school's Lone Star Plus list. Just ordered three more copies for the library, bringing our total to four.

1 comment:

  1. I loved the book, but hated the ending. :)


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