Author: Rachel Hawkins
Genre: YA Fantasy
Series: Hex Hall #2
Blurb: 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?
Review: I’m so glad I finally read this! Why did it take me so long!?!? I first read Hex Hall back in 2012 and have now read the second book in the series . . . seven years later. I’m terrible.
This book took the fun world of book #1 and went to the next level. The including of demons in this story world made the stakes even higher than before, especially since they are very rare. Sophie’s decision to go through the Removal is a brave one mostly based on the fact that she doesn’t want to be a danger to anyone else. Sophie is a good kid and you can’t help but like her even more in this book. What’s more – she has daddy issues! And we finally get to meet her father, who is also part demon. It was really nice to see them working on their relationship, since it was pretty much nonexistent before other than the occasional birthday card.
I really liked how we got to see more of the story world, particularly a glimpse into the Prodigium, the governing body for all supernatural beings. We also got to see a bit more about the Eye, particularly Archer’s involvement with them. He is seen as a traitor to his own kind, which makes sense, but you also get the feeling that there’s more going on there. It leaves you wanting to know more in the best way.
GoodReads rating: 4 stars. A fun continuation of a fun series.
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