Monday, April 4, 2011


Rating: 4 1/2 out of 5 Raised Demons

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 Acher to do it. But it’s not like she has feelings for him anymore. Does she? (Product Info Provided by

The second installment of Hawkins' Hex Hall series is every bit as good as the first. We find Sophie recuperating from the events of the first novel and preparing for the Removal. Her long-absent father enters the picture and takes her away to a huge English countryside palace/house where she is supposed to learn about her heritage. The premise is intriguing, and I love that it takes place in England. I found, however, that I missed the nuances and quirkiness of Hex Hall. There was something vibrant and unique about that place where Thorne Abbey is merely okay because it is so splendorous.

We meet new characters in this novel and some old ones carry through. Daisy and Nick are interesting because they are the antithesis of what Sophie is. They represent exactly what she does not want to become as a demon.

While Archer isn't as present in this novel as he was in the first, he still takes up a lot of room in it. Sophie spends just enough time wondering about him to keep him in the readers' mind. This was a fine line to walk and I think Hawkins' did it superbly. Archer is an interesting character, but none of the questions about him really get answered in this book. We know he's not really against the Prodigium but he isn't really with them either. But why?

Cal takes more of a lead in this book which is interesting. I am glad, but I wish he'd get fleshed out more. He loves Sophie, and that is clear, but we don't know why. We really don't know anything about him at all except that he's a powerful white warlock that can heal people. Oh and he looks like an All-American jock. And he always helps Sophie regardless of the cost to him. He's an endearing character, but I feel bad for him because Sophie doesn't see him as a romantic interest, but there is definitely some sort of spark there. I can't decide whose team I'm on. In most books it is easy to pick which guy of the love triangle that I want to get the girl. This one I'm torn because I like both of them.

The wit and humor is still ever-present in Demonglass. I have to say that Hawkins does an excellent job of describing things in a funny way that lends itself to a teenage voice. When some of it should come off as awkward it actually plays off as charming and clever. She is an enjoyable read. I gave it 4 and 1/2 out of 5 Raised Demons.

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