Saturday, December 31, 2011

Best I Read 2011: Demonglass (Hex Hall #2) by Rachel Hawkins

Over the next few days (the last of 2011) I'll be posting my top ten favorite reads of the year, in no particular order. They're not necessarily books released in 2011 -- just books that I've read in the past year. I'll be giving the synopsis and linking to my review (if it's been posted) and telling why I love these books so much. Feel free to share your own favorites -- I'm always looking for a good recommendation!

Release Date: March 22, 2011
Series: Hex Hall #2
Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
Buy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Hex Hall Review

Sophie Mercer thought she was a witch.

That was the whole reason she was sent to Hex Hall, a reform school for delinquent Prodigium (aka witches, shapeshifters, and fairies). But that was before she discovered the family secret, and 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 destroy her powers.

But once Sophie arrives she makes a shocking discovery. Her new friends? They’re demons too. Meaning someone is raising them 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?

First Line:
At a normal high school, having class outside on a gorgeous May day is usually pretty awesome.

Why It Was The Best: Hex Hall made last year's "Best" list, and rarely do sequels live up to the original -- but in this case, Rachel Hawkins pulled it off flawlessly. I loved Hex Hall, but Demonglass was EVEN BETTER. I didn't even know that was possible. Sophie is as hilarious and hapless as ever, the adventures are even crazier, the world more sublime and OH that romance! STEAMY. I almost spontaneously combusted at one point (you'll know it when you see it... *fans self*). This is just such a fun series and it keeps getting better. I cannot WAIT for the final book, Spell Bound, which hits shelves in March -- especially after that cliffhanger O_O

That's it for this year's Best I Read! What were the best books you read in 2011?


veela-valoom said...

One of my favorites as well!

(Froi was the top of my list)

the Vintage Bookworm said...

This is on my top as well. =D I started this series in 2011 and I can't wait to read Spell Bound.

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Oh I have both the first and the second here to read. I need to get moving on these, so I do. :) So glad it made the best list! :D

Nicki J Markus said...

Hi. I found your blog via good reads and I am now following your RSS feed. Happy New Year!

Nicki J Markus

LoriStrongin said...

I remember reading something about Hex Hall and thinking it sounded awesome, but then kind of forgot about it. I'm sorry that I did, because Demonglass sounds just as awesome. Definitely going to have to get around to reading this one now!


Suzanne said...

This looks like a good series to read! Some other books I have enjoyed this year are WHirl by Emma Raveling, The Modern Witch Series and the Witchlight Series by Debora Geary, The Witch Fairy Series by Bonnie Lamer, and the Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor.

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