Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Book Review: Demon Glass + Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins

Hello all, today I am going to share two book reviews in this post! These reviews are going to be on the 2nd and 3rd book in the Hex Hall series by Rachel Hawkins. As soon as I finished reading Hex Hall, (read my review for hex hall here) I had to go get the rest of the series. I was so excited to read these and this quickly became a new favorite series of mine! These reviews will contain spoilers so if you have not read Hex Hall I wouldn't suggest reading these reviews. (I suggest going and reading Hex Hall asap, actually) lol.

My Review for Demonglass (hex hall series #2):

Summary from Goodreads
 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?

So this book basically picks up where the last book left off. Sophie is finishing the school year and still wants to have her powers removed since finding out that she is a demon instead of a witch. She meets her Dad for the first time and goes to spend some time with him, which was his condition before letting her go through the removal. She finds out that her and her dad aren't the only two demons in the world after all, and that means someone is raising demons.

There were a lot of different things that I loved about this book. I absolutely love reading from Sophie's pov. She's such a great and entertaining character. She has really great character development as well. I also really love her Dad. He's a great character as well, and he has a great personality. He cares for Sophie a lot and it's really obvious. Even though Sophie just met him, they form a really great bond with each other. I was really happy to see Elodie back in this book. Since she died in last book, shes a ghost now and basically "haunts" Sophie. She doesn't play a huge part in this book but I was glad she was still in the book.

This book had a lot more history in it than the first book did, which is really interesting. We also learn more about how Alice became a Demon and stuff like that. Also, there is an ancient Spell Book in this book and I am such a sucker for stuff like that in books about witches and witchcraft. I loved how both The Secret Circle and Beautiful Creatures had their spell books so I was happy to see one in this series too.

We are introduced to a lot of new character in this book, including new demons. I wasn't sure how I felt about these character at first. I didn't trust them and some of the other people that came into play as well. But this series is great because it has a lot of twists and turns in it, so there is always something that happens that I never excepted. Which I really love because I hate being able to tell what is going to happen in a book. The ending had alot of exciting action and a ton of crazy stuff happens. And of course, the ending leaves you hanging! Which is why I had to immediately pick up the third book. This review is a little short because I can't say much more without ruining the book!

My Review for Spell Bound (Hex Hall #3):

Summary from Goodreads
Hailed as “impossible to put down,” the Hex Hall series has both critics and teens cheering. With a winning combination of romance, action, magic and humor, this third volume will leave readers enchanted.

Just as Sophie Mercer has come to accept her extraordinary magical powers as a demon, the Prodigium Council strips them away. Now Sophie is defenseless, alone, and at the mercy of her sworn enemies—the Brannicks, a family of warrior women who hunt down the Prodigium. Or at least that’s what Sophie thinks, until she makes a surprising discovery. The Brannicks know an epic war is coming, and they believe Sophie is the only one powerful enough to stop the world from ending. But without her magic, Sophie isn’t as confident.

Sophie’s bound for one hell of a ride—can she get her powers back before it’s too late?

First off, just like the description says "Hailed as impossible to put down", this book was just that. I could not put it down. I was so hooked into this story it was insane.  This book picked right back up from the 2nd book, which left you completely hanging. So at the end of the 2nd book all hell broke loose, and Sophie managed to escape from the hell after she had her powers locked away from her and  after being told to go find her mother who was with the Brannicks. Now if you've read the first two books you will remember that the Brannicks are Prodigium hunters, so why exactly is Sophie's Mom with them is the question?

This whole entire book was full of excited action and there was never a dull moment in it. Ever. This is actually what I love in series, especially the last books in series. There is so much stuff that happens in this final book, and even more twists and turns that I didn't expect. Like I said before in my review for Demonglass, Sophie had really great character development. It even progresses more so in this book. We are also introduced to more new character, all of which I really loved. Somehow this author wrote all of these character really likable, even the characters who are villains I still end up liking. I also mentioned before that Elodie came back in book two, but in this book she plays a really big role. I was really happy about that because she is one of my favorite character in this series. The ending of this book was really great as well, but I was really sad that this series was over. I hope the author someday decides to continue the series, but I do not think that will happen.
This review is also pretty short, because I can't say much without giving away the storyline. This is why it is so hard for me to review books that are 2nd, 3rd, etc, in a series because I never know what to say without giving away spoilers. I always end up just wanting to talk about what happens in the book!

This author wrote a spin off book to this series called School Spirits, which features a new main character. I finished this book yesterday and will also post a review on this book soon.

Thank you all for reading and I hope you enjoyed!

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