Monday, January 2, 2012
Genre: YA Fantasy/Paranormal
Series: Hex Hall #2
Author's Blog: http://readingwritingrachel.blogspot.com/
Challenges: Witchy Book, Suspense and Mystery, YA/MG Fantasy, Speculative Romance
*SPOILERS FOR BOOK #1 HEX HALL*
After Sophie discovers that she is descended from demons, not witches, and that Archer, the boy she's been falling for, is actually part of the Eye, an organization bent on destroying all Prodigium (magical creatures), she goes to England to spend time with her Dad, the head of the Council. But there she finds two other demons, which means someone is raising demons in secret and planning to use their powers for things that are not so good. On top of the Eye seeming to be looking for her in particular, Sophie has to navigate her feelings for Archer and for Cal, as she tries to figure out what is going on.
I like how the second book puts Sophie in a situation completely different from the first, and how it progresses - she goes from a school setting in the first book to a much darker, more obviously dangerous place in the Council Headquarters, and her relationships also progress so that she has to deal with her father. There's obvious growth in Sophie's maturity, though she is still the same sarcastic, witty girl we love from Hex Hall!
The mystery is definitely heightened in this book, and I love the complexity of it, and the way bits of information in this book answer the "huh?" questions I had in the first book. This book raises plenty of question of its own, some answered and some apparently left for the third book, but I love how bits and pieces fall into place.
And the ending! It leaves you wondering, waiting breathlessly for the third book to find out what on earth is going on. What a cliffhanger!