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Book Review: Demon Glass by Rachel Hawkins

8428064Title: Demon Glass

Author: Rachel Hawkins

Series: Hex Hall #2

Genre: Teen Paranormal Romance

Rating: 5/5 stars!

The OverviewSophie Mercer thought she was a witch. That was the whole reason she was sent to Hex Hall, a reform school for delinquent Prodigium (a.k.a. witches, shape-shifters, and faeries). But then she discovered the family secret, and the fact 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 either destroy her powers for good-or kill her.

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The Review:

There are times when you read a sequel that’s so different you wonder how it’s even part of the same series. That was definitely not the case here. Everything I loved about the first book continued on in Demon Glass and, if anything, got better! Even though the plot gets a little more serious, the book is still the ultimate “fun” read.

There is a new setting in this one, a colossal mansion in the countryside of England, and I felt Hawkins did an excellent job making it just as fun and interesting as Hex Hall. It could’ve been a risky choice, as the school was such an important element of book one. The second location had to be just as special for it to work, and I believe it did. The mansion was just as otherworldly and interesting as the school and it really gave the story a new life and direction.

I have to say my favorite part of this book (and, subsequently, the first one) was the love story. Usually when there is a love triangle I give full support to one of the “choices” right away and root for them for the rest of the series. This is the only series I can think of where I found both of the love interest to be equally appealing. Since I liked them both so much, it was even more fun to find out who she was going to pick.

Overall, this series shaping up to be one of my favorites. I love the characters, the humor, the plot, the… everything. They’re great, and I think others agree – I have yet to read a negative review.

Recommendations: I would recommend this to any teen book lover in the mood for something light and fun – it would make an excellent beach read! It’s also perfect for lovers of the paranormal who have already devoured the Vampire Academy books.

Other books you might like:

The Selection Review   •  The Sweetest Dark Review   •   Touch of Frost Review

by Niki Hawkes

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Book Review: Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

a2jhkkTitle: Hex Hall

Author: Rachel Hawkins

Series: Hex Hall #1

Genre: Teen Paranormal Romance

Rating: 5/5 stars!

The OverviewThree 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.

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The Review:

This is one of those books that I’m kicking myself for not reading sooner. One of my best go-to girls for books recommended it to me like three years ago when it first came out, but it wasn’t until I got an arc of Hawkins’ latest, School Spirits, that I finally got motivated enough to pick it up. Stupid. I loved it! It was fun without being cheesy, dark without being depressing, and all-around a delightful book.

Here’s another reason why I’m kicking myself: I love books that take place at schools. Give me a school for anything, basket-weaving, sword-fighting, dog-sledding – you name it. If it takes place at a school I want to read it. What I liked about this Academy in particular was how much of an impact it had on the story. Everything from the location of the school to how the students felt inside it transformed Hex Hall from a setting into a character. Hawkins used a lot of great imagery when describing it setting the mood for the entire book.

The overall “feel” for the book is probably my favorite part. While the school had a tremendous impact on that, it wouldn’t have been near as memorable without such a lovable protagonist. Not only is she fluent in sarcasm but she also maintains a quiet strength in the things that make her different from everybody else. And she was funny – I cracked up several times throughout the book. What’s more, I enjoyed all of the side characters just as much… particularly the love interest. ;)

Overall, this book delivered a memorable setting, great protagonist, a fun mystery, paranormal creatures, and a compelling love story. It blew my expectations away and has quickly become one of the best books I’ve read this year.

Recommendations: if Vampire Academy and Bloodlines are on your favorites list, you should definitely give this book try. It’s perfect for those who like paranormal and want a fun and memorable mystery/love story. If it’s already in your TBR pile, pick it up now – you wont be sorry!

Other books you might like:

A Touch of Frosts Review  •   The Selection Review   •  The Sweetest Dark Review  •   Bloodlines Review

by Niki Hawkes