Wednesday 9 March 2011

Raising Demons by Rachel Hawkins

For Review: Simon & Schuster.  Published 3 March 2011
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 (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?

I loved Hex Hall so I have been eagerly awaiting the release of this one.  I am pleased to say it lived up to all those expectations.

When catch up with Sophie she is still determined to go through with the Removal - convinced that her powers are dangerous.  Her father convinces her to think about it and takes her to England so they can spend some time together.  Joined by Jenna and Cal, Sophie and her father go to stay at Thorne Abbey with a few other guests.  Two of which have more in common with Sophie than she first realises.  Of course, things for Sophie are never simple and on top of someone using powerful magic to raise demons, Archer is also in England...

This series is so much fun - I can't help but really enjoy it.  It's very addictive!  Sophie is a great character and I really enjoy spending time with her.  Archer Cross is ...well Archer Cross (meaning hot, hot, HOT!)  I loved every scene he was in and the two definitely have great chemistry.  Interestingly, Cal has a bigger role in this one and I really found myself taking to him.  But Archer is still my favourite!

I really enjoyed the move of location to England  - Sophie getting to spend time with her dad was interesting to watch and I found myself really liking him (although I have to admit I wasn't sure if I should entirely trust him). The banter between him and Sophie is fantastic and had me laughing out loud!

All the twists and turns as Sophie discovers (part) of what was going on was really exciting - and makes this a really fast read.  Yes it ends with a cliffhanger - quite a big one too I thought - but for some reason I really liked it!  Usually I moan about it (perhaps I'm growing to like them?) but on this occasion I was expecting it and I found it exciting.  I can't wait to get my hands on the next book in the series - I have to know what happens! 


prophecygirl said...

Great review Sammee, this one was very exciting indeed! Glad you enjoyed :)

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I was left gawping at the book because of that cliffhanger. Glad you enjoyed it!

Luisa at Chicklish said...

Ooh, this sounds brilliant! Thanks for the great review.


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