The Silver Lining | Bookanistas Review: Demonglass

What it’s about:

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?

My thoughts:

Usually, Book 2 in a trilogy is my least favorite. There are only very rare circumstances when I like Book 2 the best in the series (PRETTIES by Scott Westerfeld comes to mind). And now I get to add another sequel to that short list that exceeds the first: DEMONGLASS.

Before I get into my review, I want to explain exactly why Book 2’s usually don’t work for me. The common trope seems to be that the love interest from Book 1 disappears and a new one takes it’s place. Usually this leaves me very frustrated because I MISS love interest from book 1 dearly. (Flashes of me nearly throwing New Moon against the wall when Edward left Bella. Then each time his voice appeared in her head, I savored it like a smoker trying to quit and then inhaling a whiff from someone else’s cigarette–or so I imagine since I’ve never actually tried a cigarette in my life.) Part of the reason I liked PRETTIES better than UGLIES was because I liked the new love interest better than the old love interest better.  That’s rare though.

Even rarer, in my experience, is when the love interest from Book 1 remains the love interest in Book 2. And that’s why Demonglass is so great.

MORE ARCHER!

Oh my, how do I love this boy? I love that he’s cocky while still being endearing. I love that while his actions may seem questionable, his motivations always make sense. And did I mention he carries a sword?

I’m so glad I got more of him in this book and that I loved him even more this time around.

But it’s not just Archer I love. I can’t discount Sophie. She’s such a fun protagonist. She’s witty and vulnerable, but also incredibly brave. I love, love, love her voice and sarcasm. The humor really makes this story! Even in dark situations, she brings some levity to the story, which made for a great balance between tension and enjoyment while reading.

I also was fascinated by learning about the history of Demons and getting to know Sophie’s father. That’s another thing this book does well that usually is hit or miss for me: making the scenes involving the parents engaging. I actually looked forward to scenes with her father because I knew I’d get something interesting, answers to questions I wanted to know, or at least a fun screw up from Sophie.

All the characters are great though. I love vampire Jenna’s obsession with pink. And the demon kids Sophie meets were equally creepy and intriguing.
Seriously, I read this book with a smile on my face the entire time, even as I frantically turned pages desperate to see what would happen.

And gah!!! Holy mother of cliffhangers, Batman! I need Book 3 yesterday. I can’t wait to see how the next installment goes, because if it’s anything like this one, and with the drama the cliffhanger promises, I know it’s going to be awesome.

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