Demonglass (Hex Hall Series #2)

Demonglass (Hex Hall Series #2)

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by Rachel Hawkins
     
 

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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.  See more details below

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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.

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"Brisk pacing, sparkling romantic chemistry and genuine heartache will satisfy fans and attract new readers to the series." ---Kirkus
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—If Buffy and Spike had had a love child, she might be Sophie; she's pretty, snarky, kick-butt, and…demonic. She has just survived her first year at Hecate Hall, "a.k.a. Juvie for Monsters," and has reluctantly begun to come to terms with her paranormal nature. When her previously absentee father demands her presence at the headquarters of the Prodigium Council, the summer holidays really heat up for Sophie and her blood-sucking best friend, Jenna. Archer Cross, the demon-hunter-in-training on whom she had an ill-advised crush, reappears, seemingly on a mission to destroy her, and her father begins to groom her to be his successor as head of the Council and announces her betrothal to Cal, the 19-year-old groundskeeper of Hecate Hall. It's all just too much for one 16-year-old to deal with. Quick, sarcastic humor spices up the "does he like me or is he just using me to kill my demon father" angst. Girls who like their spooky stuff with a touch of frothy sweetness rather than drunk straight from the vein will find this novel delicious. Recommend Kiersten White's Paranormalcy (HarperTeen) or Brenna Yavanoff's The Replacement (Penguin, both 2010) for those looking for slightly darker selections.—Jane Henriksen Baird, Anchorage Public Library, AK
Children's Literature - Cara Chancellor
For most sixteen-year-old girls, finding out about their arranged marriage would be the most shocking part of summer break. For Sophie Mercer, it does not make the top three. No, that award goes to her father's arrival at her school—Hex Hall, home to delinquent witches and warlocks—for their first meeting in, well, ever. Or maybe to him inviting her to Prodigium council headquarters for the summer. Or, perhaps, learning that she and he are no longer the only two demons in the world. Sophie may not be in control of her powers yet, but she does know that a rogue witch or warlock raising demons is an excellent excuse for then militant force called The Eye to ramp up their centuries-long war with the Prodigium. Despite the danger, there is one member of The Eye Sophie is secretly hoping will find her: Archer Cross. In addition to being irritatingly good looking, Archer is the only Eye ever to infiltrate Hex Hall, until Sophie accidentally discovered the identifying tattoo on his chest... while making out with him. Now, part of her wants to be loyal to her father, who needs her help to find out who has been raising demons. Another part, though, is she is not sure that she is over Archer, nor that she wants to be. Hawkins' star-crossed lovers premise is nothing new, but she gives it a fresh spin with the addition of sarcastic heroine, a mostly in-absentia love interest, and the temptation of Sophie's recently discovered fiance, charming good-boy Cal. What starts as a typical teenage fantasy novel quickly morphs into a compelling mystery with fast-paced action scenes and a pleasurably tangled love triangle. Reviewer: Cara Chancellor
Kirkus Reviews - Kikus Reviews
Sophie Mercer is back, brandishing self-deprecating sarcastic wit while suffering from both a broken heart and a sizable chip on her shoulder after discovering that she is not a witch but an extremely powerful demon. In this follow-up to Hex Hall (2010), Sophie's father, head of the Prodigium Council and also the only other known living demon, whisks her off to Prodigium headquarters in England to help her learn how to control her powers, and—he hopes—change her mind about her wish to have her powers removed. Meanwhile, having witnessed the damage unleashed by uncontrolled magical abilities, Sophie's vampire buddy Jenna is desperate to protect her friends and family by becoming a regular girl. Although everyone at Thorne Abbey is solicitous and welcoming, Sophie can't shake the feeling that something is very wrong. Small wonder: First, someone is raising new demons, ones with unstable powers and a penchant for trouble. Adding to the thrills, Prodigium-haters L'Occhio di Dio are still on the hunt for Sophie, with the apparently evil, but crush-worthy, Archer Cross leading the charge. Soon, the plot twists fold back on themselves, revealing treachery within the Prodigium's upper echelons, Archer's own triple-agent leanings and his love for Sophie. The climax leaves chaos and many strings dangling. Brisk pacing, sparkling romantic chemistry and genuine heartache will satisfy fans and attract new readers to the series. (Fantasy. YA)
Kirkus Reviews
Sophie Mercer is back, brandishing self-deprecating sarcastic wit while suffering from both a broken heart and a sizable chip on her shoulder after discovering that she is not a witch but an extremely powerful demon. In this follow-up to Hex Hall (2010), Sophie's father, head of the Prodigium Council and also the only other known living demon, whisks her off to Prodigium headquarters in England to help her learn how to control her powers, and—he hopes—change her mind about her wish to have her powers removed. Meanwhile, having witnessed the damage unleashed by uncontrolled magical abilities, Sophie's vampire buddy Jenna is desperate to protect her friends and family by becoming a regular girl. Although everyone at Thorne Abbey is solicitous and welcoming, Sophie can't shake the feeling that something is very wrong. Small wonder: First, someone is raising new demons, ones with unstable powers and a penchant for trouble. Adding to the thrills, Prodigium-haters L'Occhio di Dio are still on the hunt for Sophie, with the apparently evil, but crush-worthy, Archer Cross leading the charge. Soon, the plot twists fold back on themselves, revealing treachery within the Prodigium's upper echelons, Archer's own triple-agent leanings and his love for Sophie. The climax leaves chaos and many strings dangling. Brisk pacing, sparkling romantic chemistry and genuine heartache will satisfy fans and attract new readers to the series. (Fantasy. YA)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781423147435
Publisher:
Disney Book Group
Publication date:
03/01/2011
Series:
Hex Hall Series , #2
Sold by:
DISNEY PUBLISHING WORLDWIDE -EBKS
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
39,000
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
12 - 14 Years

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"Brisk pacing, sparkling romantic chemistry and genuine heartache will satisfy fans and attract new readers to the series." —-Kirkus

Meet the Author

Rachel Hawkins (www.rachel-hawkins.com) is the New York Times best-selling author of Hex Hall and Spell Bound. She was a high school English teacher before becoming a full-time writer. She lives with her family in Alabama. To the best of her knowledge, Rachel is not a witch, though some of her former students may disagree....

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Demonglass (Hex Hall Series #2) 4.6 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 558 reviews.
BlkosinerBookBlog More than 1 year ago
I was spell bound from page one until the end, and then I wanted even more. Though I'd forgotten a bit, there was a nice refresher that came naturally, and it came back :) Sophie is still amazing and sarcastic. I laughed so much, and I loved that she could always lessen the tension with her comments. I couldn't decide between Archer and Cal, they are both awesome, and have their own merits. They are both well developed, and though I have a feeling who Sophie will chose, I am still torn. Cal played a bigger role in this one, and maybe added to my feelings. Jenna is in this one too, and she shows a lot of growth. I ended up really liking Sophie's Dad, he's solid and I was shocked by some of the things revealed. I totally wasn't expecting a lot of things in this book, and the ending made me wish I already had the 3rd in my hands!
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
When Demonglass begins, Sophie is trussed up by one of her teachers and thrown into a slimy lake where she must find a way to free herself with her magic, and rise to the surface before she drowns. Of course, the drowning isn't the hardest part for Sophie. When she bolts from the lake she comes face to face with a father she has never seen. He has arrived, and is at Hecate Hall to take her to London for the summer and try to convince Sophie not to go through with 'The Removal.' You see, Sophie doesn't want this kind of power. She wants it removed so she can be a normal everyday teenager - even if the Removal process could kill her or, at the very least, make veins and scars appear on her pretty face. She requests Jenna to come along with her for the summer so she won't be alone and, oddly enough, her father brings Cal. Why? Hecate Hall fans - and there should be tons of them - will be quite surprised as to the reason why Cal is in Sophie's life at all. When they arrive in London, Sophie's heart drops as they take her out into yet another "nowhere" location, to a huge house that is over a million square feet, named Thorne Abbey. Turns out, this unending mansion is where Council Headquarters is located - and her father is the head of said Council. The tension builds as Sophie's summer begins with a bang. From an old book of spells and dark magic, to a ghost who refuses to leave Sophie alone, to her reunion with Archer Cross, who has to prove to Sophie whether he is friend or foe, to a pair of odd demons who magically appeared one day and are being taken care of by the Council, Sophie's world becomes a huge mess. When her father explains to her that someone out there in the world is actually "raising" demons, as if planning for a war, everyone's true colors begin to shine, and Sophie must find a way to become a heroine, or escape with her life. As good as the first, if not better, Demonglass is a book that you read in one sitting. Rachel Hawkins has created a plot that is non-stop and doesn't mirror anyone else's out there on the market today. Sophie is a fantastic character with a ton of humor, who takes readers by the hand and walks them through her magnificent world that involves every magical creature you can think of - but never gets confusing. Quill Says: Although the characters are many and the realms are fantastical, this story of a young girl just trying to make it through her world is funny, sweet, warm, thrilling, and truly emotionally gripping. Hopefully the third book in this series will be out ASAP!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing follow up to the first! In hex hall, i found myself just skimming through the pages, but not in demon glass! It keeps you reading from beginning to end! Amazng ending! A real cliff-hanger! Cal and archer. Hmmmmmmmmm.........gonna have to do some thinking on them. They are like the new twilight! At one moment, im team cal. But then archer brings it back! Ugh! Cant wait to see what rachel does with storyline in book three!!! Keep reading!
Lauren817 More than 1 year ago
After reading the spectacular prequel to this, I couldn't wait to read more about Sophie, Archer, and the rest of their friends and foes. Thankfully, Demonglass is not only better than Hex Hall,surprisingly enough, but it also has made me love this series and its author even more. Demonglass continues the story of Sophie, a girl who is facing quite the load of problems lately. For one, she's just found out that she's not a witch, but rather demon-one that can kill people- thanks to her family's lineage. Furthermore, it doesn't help that her crush/sort-of-boyfriend is from a line of people whose main purpose in life is to kill her kind. With all this info, she knows she has to go to London for the Removal- it's life or death, in her opinion. However, when her dad appears, he offers her one choice: she can go through the Removal, but only if she comes to England first to learn about her kind before officially deciding. Now off to England with her two of her friends, she's not sure what she should think, especially when she meets two other teen demons and her sort-of-boyfriend makes a grand entrance. Will Sophie discover what and whom she wants? Better yet, when she discovers a life-changing secret, will she be able to change everything before it's too late? Moreover, what about Archer- does she still love him? Only time and more pages will tell in Demonglass, the fast-paced continuation that will leave nearly any fan of Sophie and Archer's begging for more. Just like in Hex Hall, a strong selling point in this novel would have to be the characters. For one, I love Sophie. Strong, witty, and full of spunk, it's hard to imagine she could ever have any haters. The same goes for her friends Jenna and Cal. Best of all, Archer makes his grand return in this, leaving Sophie as well as me completely bedazzled. Rachel Hawkins' also stepped it up majorly with the plot. Full of twists, turns, and secrets, there wasn't a time I wasn't sitting on the edge of my seat, curious to know what would happen next. Would Sophie and Archer ever reunite? Who was raising the demons? Would Sophie go through the Removal? There was just so many! Better yet, I loved the introduction of the new characters, such as Daisy and Nick, because they lead for even more drama and secrets to be revealed. Hawkins' writing also improved for the best, in my opinion. She did a fantastic job of fleshing out the characters and plot lines even more. In addition, the ending was evil, yes, but perfect nerveless. In all, Demonglass is one of the best sequels I've read in ages, which is a very high compliment coming from me! Grade: A+
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book starts off months after the events of the fall in book one. It's almost summer vacation and Sophie's dad (yes she has finally met him) wants to take her, Jenna, and CAL to England to convincce her out of the Removal. While in England, Sophie is faced with many challenges. The most prominent seems to be, can she trust Archer after all she now knows about who he is? Is the removal worth the rick? and what do her premonitions mean? Sophie has a lot ahead of her, the question is what?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldnt put it down
kdespres5 More than 1 year ago
This book is suspenseful, exciting and at times terrifying. Though the author brings you well into another level of the book your left again with an ending that leaves you craving for more!! I cannot wait for the story to continue.
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
**This review (and the book itself) contains MAJOR spoilers for Hex Hall. You have been warned.** Sophie Mercer's first year at Hex Hall is almost over and in those months everything she thought she knew was turned upside down. Now Sophie knows the truth about herself (turns out she isn't a dark witch but a demon), her crush (undercover agent of The Eye--a group determined to kill all Prodigium including witches, shifters, fairies, and definitely demons), and the dangerous nature of her powers (being a demon could lead to, well, killing people). All of which just convinces Sophie that she needs to go to London for the Removal, a dangerous procedure that can strip Sophie of her powers--if it doesn't kill her. Traveling to London with her estranged father (and head of the Council in charge of all things magic including the Removal) Sophie finally realizes knowing the truth doesn't mean she knows everything. Turns out there's a lot more to her family and her powers than she thought. As if Sophie's plate isn't full enough she also discovers other demons in London, learns more about her crush (the one that might want to kill her), and discovers there might be more to Hex Hall's stoic caretaker Cal than she gave him credit for. With or without the Removal Sophie's summer is sure to be exciting (but hopefully not deadly) in Demonglass (2011) by Rachel Hawkins. Demonglass is the sequel to Hawkin's first novel Hex Hall. If Hex Hall was a funny, exciting, fantasy with strong heroine then Demonglass is all of that but more. Readers will find the same breezy narration and action-packed story along with the characters they loved from Sophie's first adventure. At the same time Hawkins does a wonderful job expanding Sophie's world and building on the events of the first book to create a new and original plot here. Sophie's relationship with her father is also handled in a realistic way helping to make him a well-realized character who adds a lot to the story. Speaking of great characters, as a fan of Cal from the very beginning, I am also happy to report that he features more prominently in this installment to great effect.* Sophie continues to be a great heroine with her sharp blend of sarcastic humor, bravery and a basic authenticity about her. Really, my only regret about this book is that it ends with the most epic cliffhanger I've seen since Catching Fire. Luckily the final installment in Sophie's trilogy is slated for a 2012 release. *Cal is now officially a part of the very exclusive Literary Guys I Wish Were Real Club. Possible Pairings: The Demon's Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan, Unearthly by Cynthia Hand, Hourglass by Myra McEntire, Once a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book had the perfect amount of romance and action! But I could never guess what was coming next. From the moment I picked it up I was hooked. Its great and I highly suggest it if you like magic, romance, action, and a great plot!!! Go on and get you wont regret the time you spend reading it or the money you spent on it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wish I could rate this series with ten stars, it's so good!!! I had decided to read this book with low expectations. I had heard about the series in a magazine, so I decided to try it. Hex Hall and Demonglass turned out to be amazing! I could not put them down. The characters are funny and quirky. Sophie is witty and hilarious, Jenna is sweet and kind, Archer is a teenage heartthrob, and Cal is sensitive and strong. The events in the book will leave you gasping for breath. All in all, this is one of the best series I've read in a long time and I would definitely recommend this.
MGswimstar2 More than 1 year ago
I loved "Hex Hall" and was anticipating "Demonglass" just as much. Basically Sophie goes to live with her dad in England for the summer. She wants to go through the Removal, to strip her of her powers. She brings Jenna and Cal, the groundskeeper, who she learns is bethrothed to her from birth. She tries to learn to harness and use her powers to her advantage. Her dad persuades her not to go through w/the Removal. Sophie learns while at the Council Headquarters that someone is making demons, two of which live at the Headquarters as well. Nick and Daisy were both made into demons, although they don't know why or how. While in London, she is reunited with Archer, who actually truly liked her. They meet and find out that back on Graymalkin island where Hex Hall is, the Casnoffs were raising demons at Hex Hall. Ms. Casnoff and Lara are the daughters of Alexei Casnoff, who felt the only way to defeat the Eye and other anti-Prodigium was to raise demons as weapons. Elodie, Sophie's friend who died, is bound to Sophie and follows her around as a ghost. She warns Sophie that Archer is in danger, and Sophie finds Archer beaten and slashed by Nick, who went demon and fled. Cal heals him. Daisy also goes wild, attempting to attack others as her demon nature comes out. Sophie and Archer are sentenced. Sophie must go through the Removal, as well as her dad, and Archer is sentenced to death. While in their prison cell, Sophie escapes when the Eye attacks the Headquarters. Cal tells Sophie to leave the area and goes back inside to save her dad and Archer.
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Reading_With_Cupcakes More than 1 year ago
Oh this series. I am in total love with it. Not often do I find a book I will stay up for, but this one did for sure. I had to force myself to stop so that my tired self could get some sleep. Otherwise, I would have finished it a bit earlier than I had. This story is great. It just keeps you drawn in the whole time. You never quite know who is on what side and what motives they have. I really like Cal, but he doesn't get near as much attention as I think he should sadly. It will be interesting to see where this story is going. That was a pretty nasty cliffhanger at the end. You can find more of my reviews at: http://readingwithcupcakes.blogspot.com/
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Great read
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Awsome book
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I love this series