Demonglass: Hex Hall Series, Book 2 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Sophie Mercer thought she was a witch, which was why she was sent to Hex Hall, a reform school for delinquent Prodigium (a.k.a. witches, shapeshifters, and fairies). But that was before she discovered she was a demon, and her hot crush, Archer Cross, was an agent for The Eye, a group bent on wiping her kind off the face of the earth. What's worse, Sophie has powers that threaten the lives of everyone she loves. Which is why she decides to go to London for the Removal, a risky procedure that will either destroy her powers forever-or kill her. But once Sophie arrives, she makes a shocking discovery: someone is raising new demons in secret and planning to use their powers to destroy the world. 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?
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|Listening Length||8 hours and 18 minutes|
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|Audible.com Release Date||July 16, 2012|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #109,402 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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That said, I had some of the same issues with this book that I had with book 1. Namely, it felt like the lot of adults that were supposed to be guiding Sophie conveniently kept NOT telling her the things she needed to know. Nick and Daisy's presence springs to mind. And her father... their whole relationship was just odd. As far as I know, demons can't suck up knowledge out of thin air, yet he's not telling her the information she needs in order for her to protect herself and/or help him. I'm making my stern, frowny face. Can you tell?
However, despite all that, like book 1, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Sophie is growing into herself. She's not comfortable with her powers yet (which, considering NO ONE is giving her the information she needs to GET comfortable, I can understand) and she has these wild, uncontrollable lusty feelings for someone who's supposed to be her sworn enemy. She's confused! Who can she trust? Does she go with her gut and trust Archer when he says he wants to help or does she do the thing that everyone's haranguing her to do and turn him in? Do you see? IT'S A VERY CONFUSING TIME!
Throw in some betrayal and backstabbing and you have shenanigans of EPIC proportions.
Honestly, the betrayal was well done. To be so powerless against people who should be protecting you is creepy as all get. Sophie's trying to find her place in this world and every steps she takes seems to throw more obstacles in her way. BIG obstacles.
I kinda love that.
And yes, I will be starting book 3 pretty much now. Because OMG!WTF?BBQPIZZA!
-Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal
Demonglass really starts off with a bang in some ways. Sophie, having learned that she is a demon, is finishing off her school year at Hex Hall, as the students call it, with plans made to go see her father in London. She plans to go through the Removal to rid herself of her "demon-ness", but her father wants to try to convince her to not go through with that and try to tame her demon side. She agrees to go, as long as Jenna, her vampire BFF is allowed to come along. Needless to say her father didn't require much swaying. And for some reason unknown to Sophie, Cal comes along too.
When she gets to her father's house, she quickly learns that there are two other demon teenagers living there along with the council members, one even being Mrs. Casnoff's sister. Nick and Daisy are more comfortable with their demon-ness than Sophie is. Granted, they don't enjoy it, but have at least come to accept it and Sophie's father hopes that they can be an example to Sophie that being a demon isn't all that bad.
In this world, demons are really creatures, it's just something that people are. Like being a witch, werewolf, vampire, etc. They are still human, but have stronger abilities that make them paranormal.
Sophie learns a lot about herself and other things in London, say like Cal being her betrothed. Yeah. That was a shocker! And it came pretty early on, hence the reason why I'm telling it. It becomes a rift of sorts between the two. Sophie has a nice friendship with Cal and doesn't want to complicate things. Plus, much to her shame of admitting to herself, she is still hopelessly in love with Archer, the boy who works for The Eye--the group set out to destroy supernaturals--and who pulled a knife on her.
I admit, since the end of Hex Hall, I did not like Archer. I didn't like how he betrayed Sophie's trust with lies. I don't like liars in real life, so in books I tend not to like them either. So I was all for Cal! Cal is truly amazing and caring, yet for Sophie, there just isn't that same spark. What makes things worse for poor Sophie's heart is that Archer is in London too.
They have a few brief encounters, but it's not til the last half of the book that they are together more. The romance they thought was gone, turns out, isn't quite dead yet. Sophie feels strong emotions when she's around him, although Archer acts aloof and cold. So yeah, it wasn't til the near very end that I was back to liking Archer and of course that then made my heart break for Cal.
There were some random moments between him and Sophie that looked like something could start, but then the ending came. Basically what we have here is the typical love triangle where the girl feels strongly for one guy but yet still "cares" for the other and he is always the one to be hurt. Of course, I still have one more book to read in this trilogy.
Sophie is still such a joy to have as a heroine! She's so snarky and witty at times. Looove her humor! She's a good person too. A little miffed with her being in the middle of a love triangle, but still gotta love this girl! Some of the things she says are just hilarious and can come at the worst possible moment, like a life or death moment! Yet I can so see me saying something snarky like she did in her moments!
One of the other interesting things about this story is that Elodie Paris, the girl who was trying to raise Sophie's demon grandmother, is a ghost. Normally ghosts of Hex Hall students who died at the school, remain there forever haunting the place. Sucks, right? Yet Sophie is astounded when she happens to find Elodie hanging out in her bedroom in London one day. Yeah, that opens up a whole new set of problems for Sophie that she gets to add to her ever long list! Which is were the new series will spin off! I have yet to read the first description of that book yet, since I want to finish off this trilogy first!
The ending was pretty intense! Not wanting to get into it for spoiler reasons, but it turns out there are a few enemies of both Sophie and her father in London living among them. One I was able to deduce for myself, because a moment came that seemed too out of the ordinary and I was like, "that person is in on it!" See how I avoided the gender there? No spoilers here!
And yes, there is a cliffhanger in this one! As I said, the ending was running ramp with action and it was very intense. And then suddenly, it's over! Luckily I waited so long to read this trilogy that I have the final book in my bag ready to go. It's definitely been an intriguing trilogy so far, my memory still hazy on the first book. But in a way, it's like Harry Potter, yet with more paranormal creatures and people and a little more mature in the romantic sense. So like the later Harry Potter books, but still having time for more romance! Definitely an awesome read!
Well, I was totally at ease while reading Demonglass because I loved it as much as I loved Hex Hall. The transition from the first book was seamless. Hawkins delivered a book that had me hanging on from page one. I carried this one around my house and in my purse until I finished it.
I do have to admit that I will be crazy until the next book comes out because this one ended on a MAJOR cliffhanger. I was literally like, “No! I need to know what happens next! Ugh…” :D
I don’t want to give anything away so I really don’t want to talk much about the story. I’ll only say that I love this series and I will recommend it to anyone that likes YA/teen paranormal.
Sophie is a fantastic lead and I just love Archer. He’s been on my fictional boyfriends list for quite a while now and he’s not leaving anytime soon. However, I do think I’ll be adding Cal to that list.
Anywhoo, if you haven’t read this series, then go buy it immediately. You will thank me. Once you read it, go to @StaceyONeale on twitter and we can talk about it.
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At the end of Hex Hall Sophie finds out that she is not a witch but a demon. Her powers have the potiental to be explosive so she decides that she wants to go through with the Removel and strip her magic powers. However, her father decides that she is to spend the summer with him in hopes that he can change her mind. So she heads to England taking Jenna and Cal along with way. But when she gets to England she realises things aren't quite as they seem and poor Sophie in for one hell of a ride, physically and emotionally.
Demonglass was such a great read. I do love a good supernatual story. I felt like I was revisiting old friends. Sophie, haha I love her. She is so snarky that I felt like I was reading myself. She is still as kickass as ever but I did find her a little annoying when it came to Archer. Now I really liked Archer in Hex Hall but after what happened in Hex Hall I went right off him. I don't care how many times he saves Sophie I don't like him anymore. Cal on the other hand........aw sweet sweet Cal. He is lovely. Very Shy but he is hot as hell. He cares for Sophie. I can see a love triangle blooming with those three.
Demonglass is every bit as action packed and exciting as Hex Hall. However, I don't know, it felt like it was messing the spark that first book had. The plot was thrilling and unique, the characters were fantastic. The chemistry between everyone was perfect. But I don't know it just didn't feel as amazing as Hex Hall. Maybe it was the setting...I honestly can't really put my finger on it. However, it was still wonderful and fast paced read that had me hooked from page one.
I sat last night in bed and read the full book. Usually with a book over 300 pages I will take me a night or two but Rachel Hawkins has such a way with words that you instantly forget everything around you and get completely engrossed in the tale. She keeps the readers guessing all the way through and takes them on a magical rollercoaster of a ride.
I can not recommend this series enough!!! It is outstanding, fun and thrilling. It has the right mixure of action, romance and magic with witches, demons, vampires and warlocks what is not to love??