Raising Demons (or Demonglass for the USA) is the second installment in the Hex Hall series by Rachel Hawkins. If you have not read the first book please beware the synopsis may reveal some spoilers. Once again I am being lazy and just using the description from good reads, sorry;
Sophie 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.
But once Sophie arrives, she makes a shocking discovery. Her new housemates? They’re demons too. Meaning, someone is raising demons 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?
Okay once again. I love this book. I like an author who uses myths, legends, ancient gods or goddesses in their books. Or any type of research, I think it shows dedication and somehow bonds the reader more to the book. In this series the book is named after an ancient Greek goddess Hecate or Hekate, she is often associated with witchcraft and necromancy, which fits in really well here. Hecate is also known as the mother of angels, which is mentioned in the books. I am sure there is more similarities between what is written in the books and what is known about Hecate but I thought a little research on my part would suffice.
The story was exciting and unpredictable, I have looked at quite a few reviews for this book and most people have the same issue that I have – The love triangle. It just does not work for me and is not needed. I do not really like Archer but if he was the only love interest I would not question him and Sophie, but when Cal is introduced as a part of the triangle, he seems the better match and the better man in general. It’s not often I feel that a character is with the wrong person but in this case I feel strongly about it.
Strong female characters- The Brannicks, you meet one at the very end (more in the next book) oh my I like these characters.
The headmistress of Hecate (Hex) Hall, has been a naughty lady indeed. All speculations at this point, but that’s one thing i truly adore about this series, no-one is as they seem.
Happy reading Bookworms
- Book Review – Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins. Hex Hall Book Two (supernerddoesstuff.wordpress.com)