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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

"Hex Hall" and "Demonglass" by Rachel Hawkins

Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. It's gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie's estranged father--an elusive European warlock--only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it's her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.
By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard: three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, a creepy tagalong ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and only vampire student on campus. Worse, Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her only friend is the number-one suspect.
As a series of blood-curdling mysteries starts to converge, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her.

This was a fun read. The author's writing style is so witty, and most definitely appealed to my sarcastic sensibilities. The story moves along really well and I didn't find myself getting bored with the characters or their personalities. I really liked Rachel Hawkins version of werewolves, I always laughed when picturing them in my head :0)

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a fun and funny read!

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?

I really, really liked 'Hex Hall', but I really, really loved 'Demonglass'!! I'm feeling a little fangirly here, but that's okay with me.

I liked the setting of the school in 'Hex Hall', but I definitely preferred the setting of London and the mansion in 'Demonglass'. It just felt like this setting gave the characters more room to BE, if that makes any sense to anyone other than me. Not to mention the cool, creepy new demons! SQUEE! I just love the idea of demons in books. Of course I adore Cal, and have since the first book, but this book I actually came to like Archer as well. I wasn't really fond of him in the first book, he just never felt sincere to me. He grew on me in this one, but I still don't know if I can trust him completely, yet. I really liked Sophie's dad, something about him charmed me. And wholly crap, what the heck is really going on up in this world!! I have to say, though, I wish the end wasn't so cliffhanger-y. I wants the next book NOW, please? K thanks :0)

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