Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Review: Demonglass - Rachel Hawkins

Author: Rachel Hawkins
Series: Hex Hall (#2)
Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
Release Date: March 22, 2011
Pages: 359
Read in: 1 day


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?

A Teenager's Perspective:
After reading "Hex Hall," we were bedazzled! Oh yeah ... we went there! We PATIENTLY anxiously waited for the sequel to come out. It was amazing right? WRONG. We were speechless after we finished "Hex Hall," because no amount of words would be able to describe how spell-binding the novel was. Once again, we're speechless. Not, because "Demonglass" was captivating, or bedazzling enough to knock the words out of our brains, but that, "Demonglass," was a sad attempt at a sequel.

Tsk. Tsk. Tsk.
Well, without further ado, let's introduce our topic for this evening, "Demonglass." (Last and certainly least.)

Let's rewind to the last chapter of "Hex Hall."
Sophie is traumatized by the recent events, and the discovery of her true origin, a demon! To keep her self from hurting anyone that she loves, or cares about, she decides to undergo The Removal. This process will remove all traces of demon from her, and turn back to "normal."

Fast forward to "Demonglass."
Sophie meets her head of council/ absentee father, who refuses to let her go through the removal, until he believes that she is fully aware of her decision, and its ramifications. Somehow she ends up, going with her father, Cal, and her best friend, Jenna, to an Old English home for the summer.

Oh, come on! A father who's been "away," for 16+ years, asks you to spend the summer with him, and you accept?! That's a little unbelievable. Not to mention, their buddy-buddy relationship as soon as they get to the house. We were expecting some big argument to happen, something that would eventually smooth things over with them. Instead, she becomes best friends with her absentee father?

We were also highly irritated toward the whole demon aspect of the book. In a span of, what, 4 days? Your father has managed to convince you not to go through with The Removal. Wait to be, strong-willed. It also bothered us that Sophie could think something along the lines of,"Oh,I'm seventeen,so I have to respond to this like an adult." How realistic.Consciously deciding to deal with something as an adult, despite the fact that by our cultural and legal standards you are not.

Anyway, let's fast forward at a slower pace.
Okay, so this love triangle. Mhmm. These guys are ... delicious. We have Archer, a guy who "TRIED" to kill her, ladies and gentlemen! I get it that you're still in love with him;but to meet him in a dark alley and start trusting him again? That's a little uncalled for. We don't know about you guys, but we might've run for our lives. So, she loves him ... and he "tried" to kill her. Attempting to end a life weighs out, and love vanishes. Goodbye Archer, we'll miss you and your scrumptious personality. Mhmmm, we could just eat him up. Then we have the cute, reasonable choice for a boyfriend, Cal. He patiently awaits the day Sophie will "love" him back. If it isn't already obvious, that he has feelings for her. Despite the number of times she leads him on, he's ALWAYS there. If Sophie can't respect you, and your feelings; hello? We will!

"Demonglass" was .. (fill in the blank). We felt as if Hawkins was just looking for an easy way out. She kind of clumped parts and pieces of a storyline together, to give of this whole blob of chaos. Well, it worked. Unfortunately for her, we're ... less than thrilled.

Honestly, we're sorry to break you guys' heart, but this book wouldn't really be worth your time. To us the book was a total, and complete catastrophe. However, we won't let our less-than-thrilled feelings stop us from reading Spell Bound, the last in the Hex Hall trilogy, but right now, we have low expectations. What do they say? If you have low expectations, your a lot less likely to be disappointed? Well, we'll get back to you in March, we believe?


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