Teens’ Top Ten 2011: Demonglass (Hex Hall #2)

Demonglass (Hex Hall #2) by Rachel Hawkins is one of the Teens’ Top Ten nominations for 2011.

MAJOR SPOILERS for Hex Hall. You have been sufficiently warned.

DemonglassAs if killing her demonic grandmother, watching a friend die & losing the boy she loved to a society bent on destroying her kind wasn’t enough, now Sophie Mercer is spending her summer vacation in England at the council headquarters…with her dad. Fortunately James is feeling generous, allowing Sophie’s pink-loving, vampire best friend Jenna tag along. Oh and he’s also bringing along the dashing healer Cal.

Sophie is stunned on her arrival because, despite being assured that she and her father are the only demons now in existence, there are two teen demons at Council Headquarters. Daisy & Nick have no clue how they came to exist as demons because they have no recollection pre-demon existence. What they do have plenty of is attitude & scorn. Along with her new friends, Sophie begins learning how to control her powers & harness their energy. Things are bumping along, and Sophie’s starting to accept her abilities & stop obsessing about going through the removal, when the last thing she expected happens. Archer Cross, the leading weapon of The Eye, drops back in to her life. Luckily he doesn’t want to hurt her, he wants to educate her… on more than one thing.

Will Sophie be able to figure out where the demons are coming from without creating too much mischief with Archer or will the nemeses collide before they can uncover the truth?

You know how there is this stigma on the second book in a series that it always seems to just be filler with no real meat to it? Well this book defies that stigma… with vengeance! Rachel Hawkins has continued her incredible work in Sophie Mercer’s world & has woven an imaginative tale that continues the pre-existing storyline arch. Getting deeper into the meat of the magical world, Demonglass follows Sophie to England where she makes all sorts of trouble that we love about her! Such an indomitable spirit, Sophie truly is a heroine in the making. I enjoy watching her struggle and grow as a character throughout her novels.

We learn more about the other starring characters as well. This time Jenna takes a bit more of a back-seat role to Cal, Sophie’s family, & magical history in general. Fitting the puzzle pieces together surrounding each character’s actions really shed light onto previous situations in the series. It was like a light bulb moment of “OH!!!” that was very fun to experience.

Rachel’s writing style continues to be phenomenal & so approachable that it’s hard to put the book down! I will leave you with my favorite sarcastic quip from Sophie!

Why had my life suddenly become a Nancy Drew mystery from hell? pg. 268

Read more about the Teens’ Top Ten.  Request this book from Wake County Public Libraries.  Voting begins August 22, 2011 and ends September 16, 2011.  Details on voting can be found here.

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