Raising Demons is book two in the Hex Hall series by Rachel Hawkins. It was released in the U.S. under the title Demonglass.
Sophie Mercer’s first term at Hex Hall turned out to be quite eventful. First the ghost of her evil grandmother haunted her every move, then her best friend was accused of murder and of course there was the discovery that Archer Cross, aka the boy of her dreams, was actually an undercover demon hunter – which would probably be something she could have worked on, if she hadn’t also discovered that she was actually the demon Archer was hunting …
So, despite their issues, Sophie is actually relieved to be spending the summer in London with her father. But when your father is Head of The Council of Prodigium and your summer is being spent at the headquarters of everything magical, then a quiet holiday isn’t really that likely. And, as Sophie struggles to come to terms with her new found demon powers, she finds herself thrust once again into a world of dark magic and conspiracies. The only thing that could possibly make things more complicated would be for Archer Cross to show up again, which of course he wouldn’t, would he?
Continuing on from Hex Hall, Raising Demons follows Sophie as she agrees to go and live with her father in London for a while. It’s awesome that she takes her friend Jenna with her, and her father insists Cal accompany them (didn’t I pick the upcoming love triangle really early on??). I loved this book as much as Hex Hall – Sophie is still funny and awesome and Rachel Hawkins spins a wonderful tale.
I thought the beginning of the book was rushed, especially with the imminent departure London. A few huge pieces of information were finally revealed to Sophie and I think she took them a little too well – everything was glossed over very conveniently. Throughout the book Sophie is a strong YA heroine: she makes good decisions and puts thought into all her actions. She doesn’t stupidly put herself or those around her in danger, no matter what kinds of heart ache she is experiencing.
I really liked getting to know Cal as well, although I never really felt the connection between him and Sophie. I wish the book didn’t have the love triangle in it just to conform, the love triangle didn’t really add anything to the story and mostly just confused me (and Sophie). Archer. I am solidly on Team Archer – you couldn’t get me to change my mind. It’s also obvious that Sophie feels something powerful for him, despite all the things keeping them apart.
I can’t recommend this series to my readers strongly enough – it’s wonderful and I think everyone should read it! The third book in the series, Spellbound, will be published in Australia on May 1st so keep a look out for my review that week.
About the book:
- Date published: 01 March 2011
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Books
- Format: Paperback, 368 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781847387233 ISBN 10: 1847387233
- Categories: Fantasy, Young Adult
- Goodreads / The Book Depository