Demonglass – Rachel Hawkins

WARNING= This review contains slight spoilers for Hex Hall the first book in this series.

 

Synopsis 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?

 

“Somehow, my whole existence had become a really complicated world problem.
I’d always sucked at those.”

Initial Final Page Thoughts.
WHAT. NOOO. COME ONNN.

High Points.
Still so very hilarious. I really want to have a picnic with Ms Hawkins so I can eat sandwiches and get sunburnt just sit and laugh with at her YA pop culture references and snarky wit. I can imagine her being great company. Sophie… still loved her, but not as much as in the first one. Jenna. Vampire Ponies. Gardening (*winkwink*). England…. REPRESENT. Or… um, not really (see low points). But still.. YAY for England. Rabid demons. A much better plot than the first one. And.. um, the ending?! Holy guacamole.

Low Points.
The whole love interest shenanigans… sigh. But I’ll go into this later.
Not everyone in England speaks with “clipped” accents.
I really want to read a YA book where an unruly American teenager gets sent to a boarding school over here and when they get here they meet someone and hear them talk. Shocked, they will turn to their sarcastic, witty best friend and/or boy who is mean to them and will inevitably dry hump them in a later chapter and be all like “W-what was that?”
To which the best friend/ dry humper will turn and look at them solemnly and say “That, my dear, was what we call a Brummie.”
And then she recoils in fear…
Not that I can mock anyone because of their accent…. I make Shaun Ryder sound like Stephen Fry.
I miss Hex Hall. Sigh.
Some of the ‘reveals’ at the end…hmmm, I’m not 100% sure. They have the potential to go either way.
Also, this is probably because I read these two books within a week of each other, but the first few paragraphs were a bit ‘Do you remember what happens in the first book? You… you do? OK, good. Well… I’m just going to tell you it again. Just in case.

Heroine.
Everything I have to say about Sophie I’ve pretty much said. She was still consistent (well, until the end… which surprised me a little. It was really out of character… but don’t worry guys… I looked at the page, shaking my head in disappointment. That’ll learn ‘er.) in her snarky, funny ways without bordering on wise-assery.
I think Ms Hawkins did a great job with keeping Sophie as the character we all fell in love with in the first book but still allowing her to develop naturally.
She did, however, lose some well-earned Brownie points with her simpering simperiness when it came to the boys in her life.
Come on, Soph. Don’t make me brand you as an AFP. Because once we go there… there’s no way back.
Pull it together, you’re a demon for heaven’s sake. If they’re bothering you… zap them with your powers.
Start with Archer… *shifty look*

Love Interest.
OK.

*sigh*

OK…. Right.
OK.
Right well… in my mind Sophie has three options when it comes to love interest. (Three? Wait, that’s the same number of points a triangle has. A LOVE TRIANGLE. *scowls*)

Door Number One
Fawn over Archer Cross, who is mean to her, needs to fall off a cliff and a completely random non-entity character that adds nothing to the plot except to confuse our heroine and make her lose her head and make stupid decisions that could, I don’t know… KILL HER AND EVERYONE SHE HAS EVER LOVED. But.. he’s, like, a dreamboat so that doesn’t matter.

Door Number Two
Hope to god that Cal grows a pair and fights for her and doesn’t just stand in the background doing sweet F.A until right at the end when he realises that… Whoops, you might lose her better do something quick to make her desire you.
I really wish Hawkins would have written a few cute scenes between Cal and Sophie becauseI don’t really see the connection between them….yet.
Saying that though, out of the boys, I am rooting for Cal.

Door Number Three.
Decide she’s sick of ridiculous boys who are either sarcastic boneheads or strong and so silent they practically don’t exist (seriously, those are her options?! Poor Soph, even a werewolf and a vamp look pretty good right now) and decide to become a lesbian with Jenna and raise vampire ponies on a ranch in Texas.

IMAGINE HOW FUN BOOK 3 WOULD BE.

Did I mention Door Number Three is bright pink?! And you get a cupcake when you open the door.

But you know.. whatever. It’s your choice, Soph.

Best Friend.
WHAT. NOOO. COME ONNN.

Papa Mercer.
OK, I loved Papa M. I think Sophie’s relationship with her dad was really realistic (or, y’know.. for demons), heart-warming and funny. (I’m glad to know that Sophie got her sarcasm from her British relatives)
I think book three is going to be amazing in this respect… especially with what happened in the end. WHAT. NOOO. COME ONNN.

Theme Tune.

Dear Cal,
I made you a mix tape. Of… um, one song. But yeah… this is exactly how I feel about you.
Lots of love and broken plant pots,
Sophie.

Mmmm, I love the smell of wishful thinking in the morning early evening.

Angst Level.
5/10. These points are for the ending which was all dramatic and exciting and WHAT. NOOO. COME ONNN.
But yeah… apart from that, this book is a one way ticket to f-…. I promised I wouldn’t say that again didn’t I?
Fine.

…..

ONE WAY TICKET TO FUN.
I’m not even sorry.

Recommended For.
People who have read and enjoyed Hex Hall. You’ll love this one, too. People who don’t have an adverse reaction to forced love triangles (adverse: stabbing violently at people who come close to you while you are embroiled in reading about one). People who don’t mind cliff-hangers. People who think all British people live in country manors and drink tea high. I mean… um, high tea. (It’s true…we do.) People who are looking for a way to travel into London while dodging the congestion charge. People who can’t get enough of lesbian vampires. Demons that are looking for a rollicking beach read.

Thank you, Flann for lending me her copy of this book and for allowing me to carry on perving on fictional groundskeepers read this!

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3 thoughts on “Demonglass – Rachel Hawkins

  1. I really want Cal to grow a pair. But, even if he didn't, how could Sophie just go for Archer when such a nice piece of man is obviously into her and in such close proximity.

    This second one was a bit rougher. The best parts for me were when Sophie and her dad were spending time together. *sigh* I'll still read the next one to see where the story is going.

    *wink*

  2. Mmmm piece of man.
    I completely agree. I mean… he makes flowers come to life. How could you say no?
    That is like the top thing I go for in a guy.
    I loved Papa M & Sophie's scenes too. I imagine they'd make an excellent montage in the film adaptation.

    I hope he's in the next book….

    …..on the lesbian vampire pony ranch.

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