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3.25.2011

PSB Review: Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins & Giveaway Announcement


Genre: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy
Fantasy Element: Prodigium, Magic, Demons
Series: Hex Hall #2
Order Online:  Amazon.com
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Review copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This post is not the giveaway...it is here ----> WIN! Hex Hall + Signed Demonglass + Tote Bag



PJVs QUICKIE POV:
A surprising titilating follow-up to HEX HALL, DEMONGLASS was very entertaining, with original world-building and strong enough character development to make me intrigued to read further. The mortal enemies fall in love aspect has been overdone a bit and then paired with a love triangle it did make things a little hoaky. Hawkins, though,  did redeem herself with a fast-paced story, competently portrayed characters and a fresh writing style which made me forget my pre-conceived prejudices against YA trappings. Honestly, I liked book two better than book one, which has me pleasantly hopeful for book three. Hawkins writing was actually so visual that I could almost see the Disney made-for-tv movie that I hope might come from these pages.


REVIEW:
The Demon is out of the bag. Sophie, who once thought she was a witch is now officially out as a demon. Both revered and feared in the Prodigium, her and her demon father’s powers are beyond anything that other Prodigium can conjure. But, that power comes with a price, and Sophie’s power could corrupt her, turn her literally insane and she could hurt the people around her. She, can’t do this and with the recent blow of her super crush, Archer Cross turning against her and revealing he is an agent of The Eye - the group obsessed with wiping out all Prodigium, Sophie has decided to have her powers removed. This isn’t an easy choice, the removal could kill her.  She is hell-bent on her decision though and she goes with her father to London to prepare for the ceremony and she promised her father that she would give him some time to talk her out of it.

While in London Sophie makes two new sort of friends. But there is something strange about them and Sophie is shocked when her demon senses their demons. Someone is making new demons! On top of that The Eye is picking up the pace, hunting Prodigium left and right and rumors are getting back to Sophie that Archer has been spotted around London. Sophie doesn’t know how to feel about anything. Especially about Archer and now Cal and even if she will go through with the removal.

This is a very cute series, with a dark edge. There are some hard-hitting emotional decisions that Sophie needs to make and they translate well from Hawkins writing. Sophie is a wonderful character, her dialogue is excellent, full of funny, snide little comments. She just translated as ‘real’. This is also a quick read, very fast-paced and then ended with a cliffhanger. I really actually like cliffhangers, get’s the blood pumping and I’m salivating for the next book. Hawkins did a nice job with this. I’m still a little iffy with the introduction of Cal. My thoughts while reading him kept drifting back to the EVERNIGHT series. Cal of course taking the role of Balthazar. While on this topic, I do have to say there are a few parallels with Claudia Gray’s series. Black Cross - The Eye, fated enemies, hopelessly attracted to each other...etc. The similarities are shallow but it did remind me of the other series. At lease if you liked the EVERNIGHT series you should like Hex Hall.

RECOMMENDATIONS:
I would recommend this for a more mature teen audience, not for anything specific, but I think it would be more enjoyable for 14+ teens. Fans of the EVERNIGHT series, IMMORTAL series should enjoy the Hex Hall series.







 


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44 comments:

dani_nguyen said...
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*Andye* said...

I'm so glad someone else noticed the similarity to Evernight! I was beginning to think I was the only one. I wrote the same thing in my review, here http://www.readingteen.net/2011/03/demonglass-hex-hall-2-by-rachel-hawkins.html if you're interested! :D

NaKesha said...

I can't wait to read this book!

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Margay said...

I really want to read this book!

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Ivy said...

Looking forward to actually reading this!! :) Thanks for the giveaway!

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Teril said...

I must have been living in a cave since I have not read this book! I have heard great things about it.

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SandyG265 said...

I'm going to read Hex Hall soon so thanks for the chance to win teh sequel.

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LRAtRandom said...

Both books are on my tbr! They sound awesome!

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Vidisha said...

Thanks for the great giveaway!!!

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Shadow Girl said...

Omg!!Great giveaway!!!!!

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Aik said...

I'd love to enter!

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ParaJunkee said...

sorry didn't mean to do this...but I put a link above this is not the giveaway post...it is on another post!! Sorry guys

Tore said...

Please enter me in contest. I really would like to read this series. Tore923@aol.com

SusanKMann said...

I love this book. One of my faves this year so far. x

Anne said...

I haven't read Hex Hall or this book yet, but the series sounds really good.

For some reason I really noticed the skull rating. They are so cute with the little pink bows.

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TheJay2xA said...

Hex Hall is a really good! would really want to have my own copy... ;)

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Lisa said...

I have not read this yet but really cant wait!

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BLHmistress said...

I have been wanting to read this series for awhile especially after reading all the great reviews.

I tweeted too
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Tena said...

awesome giveaway

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Rhianna said...

Great review! Got the first one in the TBR pile. :)

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Rhianna said...

& tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/RhiReading/status/51364914006196224

Brooke said...

I really want to read this entire series!
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Onge said...

Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!
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Aanchal @ Book Flame said...

I can't wait to read this, thanks for the giveaway!
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Robin K said...

Please count me in as well. Going to go tweet now :)

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Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Great giveaway!

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Melissa (Books and Things) said...

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Chi Kittie said...

Thanks for this amazing giveaway. I would love to read these book, have been for sometime now. :)

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Mflick1 said...

I cant wait to read this!!!!
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Lexie@BookBug said...

Thank for another great giveaway!
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Kylie1403 said...

sounds soo good http://twitter.com/#!/Miss_Kylie1403/status/51501987321233408

Judy said...

I am really looking forward to reading this book. It really looks good.


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Ronyka7 said...

I really want to read this one. Thanks for the giveaway. ƸӜƷ

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Cat the Librarian said...

Oh I've been dying to read this one! Thanks for hosting!

donnas said...

Really looking forward to Demonglass.

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donnas said...

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JerseyGirl22 said...

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Katie said...

can't wait to read this!! I liked on facebook

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latishajean said...

I can't wait to read this book sounds so good! I really enjoyed the review! Great giveaway thank you.
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latishajean said...

Tweeted too
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justpeachy36 said...

Please enter me in the giveaway. I enjoyed the first book in the series and so did my daughter.

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Casey (The Bookish Type) said...

I've heard a lot of people say this one is better than the first, and I have to agree! I was in total love with this book.

blackroze37 AT yahoo.com said...

MY DAUGHTER AND I BOTH BEEN WANTING TO READ THIS AUTHOR

Addictedtolife said...

I still haven't read Demonglass yet, and can't wait!

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