Let me first say that I really loved Hex Hall. So in reading this second book in the series I didn’t expect any less from Rachel Hawkins… I was not disappointed! Even though it was set in London, there was not a lot of mention of the actual city (minus some tourist stuff), but it didn’t really bother me. I was so engrossed with the story of Sophie getting to know her dad, plus the whole mystery of “who’s making the new demons” that I didn’t miss much else.
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?
Sophie’s dad seems really cool. Like, I know he was absent for nearly 18 years of her life, but you can tell that he really does care about her still and her mother. His being compared to Mr. Darcy made me giggle a lot and he was very English-like. I could see why her mother fell for him.
I’m also really glad Jenna was brought along for the trip. I love Jenna (I actually picture her as Juno Temple, don’t ask me why), and I love the dynamic between her and Sophie. It was also really interesting to get to know Cal better as well. He didn’t appear a lot in the first book that I remember, but I really like him. He always seems to have Sophie’s best interest at heart and I think she needs someone like that. Also, I was glad to see Archer back in the game. I love the banter he and Sophie do and they do make a great couple.
There were some twists and turns I didn’t expect, which is always a plus, and overall I really enjoyed the story. I liked getting the backstory of how Alice became a demon and the whole family history on Sophie’s dad’s side. I will say the cliffhanger at the very end was a killer!
Final Thoughts: Definitely read this book if you’ve read Hex Hall. You will not be disappointed! I loved every moment. I gave it 5 stars.