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Continuing on from Hex Hall, Raising Demons follows Sophie as she agrees to go and live with her father in London for a while. It’s awesome that she takes her friend Jenna with her, and her father insists Cal accompany them (didn’t I pick the upcoming love triangle really early on??). loved this book as much as Hex Hall - Sophie is still funny and awesome, and Rachel Hawkins definitely spins a wonderful tale.
I thought the beginning of the book was rushed, especially with the imminent departure London. A few huge pieces of information were finally revealed to Sophie and I think she took them a little too well everything was glossed over very conveniently. But Sophie is a fresh kind of YA heroine: she makes good decisions and puts thought into all her actions. She doesn’t stupidly put herself or those around her in danger, no matter what kinds of heart ache she is experiencing.
I really liked getting to know Cal as well, although I never really felt the connection between him and Sophie. I wish the book didn’t have the love triangle in it just to conform, the love triangle didn’t really add anything to the story and mostly just confused me (and Sophie). Archer. I am solidly on Team Archer - you couldn’t get me to change my mind. It’s also obvious that Sophie feels something powerful for him, despite all the things keeping them apart.
I can’t recommend this series to my readers strongly enough - it’s wonderful and I think everyone should read it! The third book in the series, Spellbound, will be published in Australia on May 1st so keep a look out for my review that week.
| Apr 26, 2012 |
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Another fantastic book in the series.
| Nov 13, 2013 |
| Nov 9, 2013 |
I feel like I've been punk'd. No, seriously, that's the end? Really? REALLY?
I can't say anything else right now because all I can think is ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
| Sep 23, 2013 |
Oh my goodness! I can't believe the final book doesn't come out until March 2012! What a great story.
| Sep 23, 2013 |
A fun and quick read. Demonglass suffers a little number two syndrome- clearly a bridge between book one and book three of a trilogy, I didn't feel like anything was resolved and it was a little frustrating to end on such a cliffhanger. Quite a few new characters introduced, but we don't get to know them completely. Regardless, it has been years since I read Hex Hall, and it was no problem diving back into Sophie's world, and good thing I waited- now I have Spellbound to start reading immediately!
| Sep 23, 2013 |
* We meet Dad!
* We learn how Alice became a demon
* They were betrothed?!
* Nick and Daisy were a bit stereotypical
* What is Cal really feeling?
I liked this one a lot more than Hex Hall.
| Sep 22, 2013 |
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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!
| Sep 21, 2013 |
| Sep 20, 2013 |
Urm book 3 now please.
| Sep 20, 2013 |
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As awesome as Hex Hall! Rachel Hawkins sure knows how to write awesome books. With its snarky humor, and the beautiful story, I was in love.
| Jun 7, 2013 |
Yet another great book.. I think I actually enjoyed it a teensy bit more than Hex Hall; however, I did not laugh as much.
This book continues where the first left off with Sophie deciding to go through the Removal after she finds out she's not actually a witch, but a demon, and a very powerful one at that. She flies to England with Cal (Love Cal-Archer can go away) and Jenna to meet her dad and spend some quality time with her as he is determined to change her mind about going through the Removal. While in England she finds out she's betrothed, she meets other demons, and she comes face to face with Archer again.
Once again, another cliff-hanger ending and I'm sitting here pulling my hair out. Can't wait till the 3rd installment is published. :)
| May 7, 2013 |
And just then, that feeling washed over me again, the strange psychic impulse I’d been feeling since I left Graymalkin. But this time, it wasn’t dread that washed over me, or fear.
It was happiness. Hope.
The cliffhanger ending of Hex Hall totally got me right on the spot, and within a few days, I had already got the second book on hand and read it instantly. And I have to say that truthfully, I thought this one was as good as the first one, and even better.
Demonglass told us about Sophie's life when she decided that she would go through Removal, so that she would not have to be demon again. That she would be just like everyone else, perfectly normal. But her father, totally disagree with her decision, convinced her to spent her holiday with him at the countryside. Little did she know that her father was not like how she thought he was. And when her supposed-to-be-okay father-daughter-time turned into something much more dangerous, Sophie must made her decision between love, family, friend, or the world.
Personally, I love how the plot in Demonglass had less sagging compared to Hex Hall. It was fast paced and thrilling, yet it was slow enough to make it clear for the reader what was exactly happened. There was a lot going on this book, but Rachel managed to put it all into one and it flow quite flawlessly. the twist on the end of the book was great too, again with the cliffhanger, and it really made the reader curious about the continuation.
Sophie Mercer, still being the main character of this book, was more developed too than in Hex Hall, with her showing more of her soft side but still balanced with her usual yet unique sarcastic attitude. It was nice to sometimes see a girl that was independent and can made her own decision, as well as acted out on her own and with her way.
Archer Cross was showing a significant development as well, with him being more in depth and more flesh and blood. He was shown to be actually very hurt and broken inside, and personally, I think the writing was so well I could not help but to sympathize with him.
One thing I'm not quite fond of this book was the love triangle. Sophie and Archer, I could get it. But the new guy? It was all so sudden, and truthfully, I can't quite believe that it was actually love or something entirely different. It is just not real enough.
Overall, I have to say that I really love this book. If you like fantasy and funny read that can make you laugh, but still have an interesting story line, I would really recommend this one.
| May 5, 2013 |
| Apr 22, 2013 |
| Apr 22, 2013 |
Did not at all feel like the usual trilogy middle book "buffer". There's so much supernatural YA flooding the market, and yet I find this series surprisingly entertaining. The dialogue is hilarious.
| Apr 21, 2013 |
In the first book of the series ‘Hex Hall’ Sophie Mercer always thought she was a witch who couldn’t control her powers, she was sent to Hex Hall, a reform school for delinquent paranormal children. There she discovered that she is actually a powerful demon, just like her dad, and they are the only two in the world. Utterly scared of her powers, and after the events of the first book, scared of what she could potentially become, in Demonglass Sophie requests that her powers be removed; a very dangerous procedure that could end up with her being very dead. Her dad flies her to London along with her friend Jenna, and Cal. There she discovers that two more demons have been raised and this is very worrisome indeed. The eye is still looking for her and a war between the two movements is imminent. Lots of twists, turns edge of the seat danger and betrayals that leave the reader set up for the final book in the trilogy.
Loved it - have the next book on its way to me - ended on a cliff hanger, what is going to,happen in the final book?
| Apr 3, 2013 |
Initial thoughts: So good! Hex Hall was my favorite book of 2011. I found it fantastic. Hawkins does it again with this sequel! The story moved perfectly, dialogue was engagingly witty, and overall this was so much fun to read! (Till the end... Can I have book 3 now, please?!)
Writing a review for sequels is tough. You have to direct it to those who both have read the original and those who may have stumbled upon your review and haven't read the original novel. I'm going to keep this review for 'Demonglass' pretty short and sweet and try to keep as many spoilers out of it. I want you to enjoy this book and its many surprising plot points just as much as I did!
'Demonglass' is a fantastic read. Seriously, it is just as good as its predecessor, 'Hex Hall'. What did I love about this novel? So many things! First off, author Rachel Hawkins did a perfect job of reminding us what happened in the original novel without hitting us over the head with the entire plot of 'Hex Hall' all over again. The story starts off soon after the ending of 'Hex Hall'. Plot points are arranged perfectly and the story flow is fantastic. 'Demonglass' is always engaging and always entertaining. I don't recall it dragging at all, which has been a problem in most YA books I've read as of late! Just like the original, Hawkins doesn't let one element overtake the entire novel. 'Demonglass' is equal parts action, romance, and humor.
Sophie's self deprecating wit was spot on and quite welcome! Archer, well, I adore Archer. If only he were real! The banter between Sophie and Archer-- loved it. Adding to this already phenomenal cast of characters is the introduction of Sophie's father and the further development of Hex Hall's groundkeeper, Cal.
Sophie's father was a great addition. I loved his speech patterns (which sounds odd to mention), but he had a particular way of speaking that made him stand out, yet still seem related to snarky Sophie. Truthfully, I remember Cal being mentioned in 'Hex Hall', but not much other than that. He had more of a supporting character role in 'Demonglass'. I wouldn't go so far as saying that he evens out a love triangle, but I liked learning more about him and look forward to seeing what happens next with his character.
'Demonglass' gets 4 out of 5 stars. This sequel doesn't disappoint. If you liked 'Hex Hall' at all, then find a copy of 'Demonglass'. It's just that good! (Minus the cliffhanger ending-- that was just plain mean!)
| Apr 3, 2013 |
I usually don’t give a crap about love triangles. When people are like “Team BLAH!”, I just kind of half-heartedly smile because I couldn’t care less. Except in this series, I actually do. Given the choice between a jerky douchebag maybe-traitor and a sexy, sweet lumberjack-type of dude, I’m gonna go lumberjack every day of the week. I remembered the love triangle from the first book in the series, [b:Hex Hall|5287473|Hex Hall (Hex Hall, #1)|Rachel Hawkins|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1259686913s/5287473.jpg|5354884], but I didn’t remember a lot of the plot before I started the second installment. As it turns out, that didn’t really matter because [a:Rachel Hawkins|2261547|Rachel Hawkins|http://www.goodreads.com/images/nophoto/nophoto-F-50x66.jpg] reacquaints readers with all the characters and important plot points in a conversation early on. I was happy for the reminders but fans who remember more about HH might be a little bored for the first bit.
The majority of this book is interesting but not riveting. Hawkins has a great sense of humor but there were a lot of 2011-type jokes, (e.g. “Cryptic Dad is cryptic.”) and I wonder if the humor will date itself in the future. In terms of plot, without spoilering the last book, Sophie, Jenna, and Cal go to England for the summer so Sophie can learn more about herself/her powers and spend time with her father. Aforementioned lame love interest Archer Cross has been sighted in England so it makes the situation more dangerous than it could be, as does the fact that L’Occhio di Dio (The Eye) has been more actively attacking Prodigium all over the place. Also, someone is raising demons . That bites.
Back to the love triangle. Archer is still all over the place in this one but I still didn’t really enjoy him as a character.
And what the eff is up with that open ending? Kill him off already. No, seriously, KILL HIM. If Sophie screws Cal over and picks Archer, I am checking out of this series. Okay, fine, maybe I’ll still keep reading but I won’t be happy about it!
Every time Archer showed up, I secretly hoped someone would just walk by and kill him. I laughed about that one for a while—imagining what books would be like if, out of the blue, some random person just showed up and killed a main character. Everything Cal does makes him more endearing, and there is a plot twist regarding him in the first few pages that surprised me and then left me a little frustrated throughout because there were several scenes dealing with it and I wish Sophie would just get over Archer.
She doesn’t. And the spoiler is that she and Cal have been betrothed for a few years.
I said earlier that most of the book was interesting but not riveting. The last fourth or so of the book—RIVETED. There is just tons of action going on and I flew through it. I would’ve given this book 3 stars had it not been for the last section of the book. And that ending? Way to leave a series wide open, [a:Rachel Hawkins|2261547|Rachel Hawkins|http://www.goodreads.com/images/nophoto/nophoto-F-50x66.jpg]. Who the hell knows where it will go next? I’ll definitely be getting the next one.
| Mar 31, 2013 |
| Mar 31, 2013 |
I actually liked this one a little better than the first book. Although most of the same problems from
also occur in this one, namely underdeveloped characters and plot, and poor world-building, there was a little more depth in this book. There are a couple of surprising plot twists and the storyline is overall a little more complex. I liked the humour better this time around too; it relied less on pop culture references and the sarcasm wasn't so constant that it became annoying. The first half of the book was rather lackluster, mostly because not much was really happening. I didn't find Nick and Daisy all that interesting, and the (practically non-existent) love triangle was too forced. Really, what was the point of even writing Cal into the book? He was mostly useless (except for some healing here and there, which could have been a power given to another character, and then we wouldn't have had that useless love triangle that wasn't really a love triangle).
| Mar 31, 2013 |
After developing a serious love for this series when I read the first book earlier in the week I tried my best to wait a little before reading book two; to prolong the experience, I guess. I lasted a whole two days before I caved and just dived right into this one! Book twos in a series are often less than exciting but Demonglass didn't disappoint me in the slightest. I loved it from start to finish. I honestly couldn't handle tearing my eyes away from the pages.
Hex Hall really left us off on a huge cliffhanger. Sophie was just after discovering she's not a witch at all... she's a demon! She wants to go through 'The Removal' which has a high chance of killing her. This book shows us Sophie's journey as she learns more about who she is, where her family came from and what she can expect from her future. The more knowledge Sophie gets about her situation, the more confused she becomes! I honestly would hate to have been in Sophie's position and I think she handles it really well. I love that she can manage to be hilarious even during the most awful of times. Her sarcastic attitude made me laugh out loud more than once!
In Demonglass, we really get to know more about the other characters in the book which I was so happy about. Sophie's relationship with her dad is rocky but blooming! It's so cool to watch them get to know each other after all these years and to see all the little things they have in common. We also get to know Cal more which is awesome. He was really in the background in Hex Hall so I didn't form much of an opinion about him at all. But now he's one of my favourite characters! He's so sweet and in his own way, funny.
We meet loads of new characters in this one and they're all fascinating. I spent a lot of this book wondering who was on whose side and all the twists took me by surprise! Anyone who loved Hex Hall will love this one and if you haven't read Hex Hall yet, I highly suggest you do so! I am so excited about starting on book three.
| Mar 30, 2013 |
I read this book in the space of just a few hours this morning. This was largely because there were some parts I had to skim-read. I am so so disappointed in this sequel to [b:Hex Hall|5287473|Hex Hall (Hex Hall, #1)|Rachel Hawkins|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1259686913s/5287473.jpg|5354884], it's been a wishlister of mine ever since I put the previous book down and I honestly believed I would love it - it's even set in my homeland after all!
But I couldn't get into the story... well, there actually didn't seem to be a whole lot of story. Basically, Sophie goes to hide out in the English countryside for family/demon bonding time, whilst all the time trying to half convince the reader that she's over her evil ex-crush Archer - but she has to do it in that pathetic pining way that lets you know that, not only is her mr sexy-traitorous guy still definitely on her mind, but she is also into that stage of obsessive love-you-till-I-die that seems to happen in so many young adult paranormal romance novels after the couple in question have had
. At least they didn't quite have insta-love, that would have been too much to take.
What we do get is the suggestion of the inevitable love triangle (why, oh, why) with Cal now the other potential love interest. Let's face it - probably not gonna happen. Cal appears to be (unfortunately, this comparison must be made) the Jacob Black of this piece, where Archer is the Edward Cullen (except he does actually have a personality). The author seems to be going down the road of:
Archer = Great, never-ending love.
Cal = cute, nice guy who will probably get dumped and end up turning into a pervert obsessed with newborn babies.
Just forget it. This book wasn't interesting at all, we've moved away from the cool supernatural mysteries and gone into a story solely centred around love triangles and heartbreak. If I wanted this I would have read [b:Hush, Hush|6339664|Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush, #1)|Becca Fitzpatrick|http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41WG6WSHdPL._SL75_.jpg|6525609] and/or [b:Fallen|6487308|Fallen (Fallen, #1)|Lauren Kate|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1268869615s/6487308.jpg|6678670].
| Mar 30, 2013 |
Sophie Mercer has left Hex Hall for the summer to spend it with her father, a father she has never really had any real relationship with. He wants to help her control her powers and become what she is supposed to be. She wants rid of her powers. Archer Cross is a complication and the fact that Cal is bethrothed to her is an added complication.
I just didn't get into this one as quickly as the previous, it was an okay read but I didn't really engage with the characters. I felt a little lost at sea at first but the story improved as I progressed. I am curious to find out what happens next with this series but in some ways I feel disengaged.
| Jan 7, 2013 |
This is the second in the Hex Hall books. What if your ex-crush were trying to kill you? Then to make matter worse Sophie discovers she is one of two demons in the world. She can't control her powers and they threaten her and those she loves. She determined to go through the Removal, stripping her of her powers. First she has to spend the summer with her, up to now, very distant father. Will she still go through with the Removal? What happens when she discovers someone is secretly creating more demons? Will she ever make it back to Hecate Hall?
I loved this book. It was suspenseful, but also full of humor. Rachel Hawkins makes me smile and even laugh out loud. The characters are so lovable, the writing wonderful. I read this book almost in one sitting. I can't wait to read the next Hex Hall book. This one gets five demonized kisses!!
| Nov 7, 2012 |
Just as good - or maybe better than the first book, Hex Hall but with one major flaw the next book is not out until 2012! I like the English setting for this one and the introduction of Sophie's father as a major character, but it has quite the cliffhanger ending.
| Aug 23, 2012 |
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