Review: Raising Demons by Rachel Hawkins
Title: Raising Demons (Hex Hall Book 2)
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher: Simon Pulse (28th August 2010)
Sophie Mercer’s first term at Hex Hall was quite eventful. First, her evil grandmother’s ghost haunted her every move, then her best friend was accused of murder and, finally, Archer Cross (aka The Boy Of Her Dreams) turned out to be an undercover demon hunter; which would have been fine, if Sophie hadn’t been the demon he was hunting . . .
Sophie is hoping for a quieter summer, but as she’s spending it with her dad – who just happens to be Head of The Council if Prodigium – at the headquarters of all-things-magical, that’s not going to happen. And, as she struggles with her new demon powers, Sophie finds herself surrounded by dark magic and conspiracies. The only way things could get more complicated would be if Archer Cross appeared again. But he wouldn’t . . . would he?
Rating: *** (3 stars)
Raising Demons is the follow-up to Rachel Hawkins’ debut novel Hex Hall and the second book in the Hex Hall series. The story begins a semester after the events of Hex Hall.
As you can see, I did go out and read the next book in the Hex Hall series. I enjoyed it too. I quickly found myself re-immersed into the Hex Hall world. Raising Demons is darker than Hex Hall; there are power plays, and hints of something dark to come. I was a bit surprised at where/when the book started because of the events at the end of Hex Hall. The arrival of Sophie’s dad is brilliantly timed, although a little predictably placed.
Sophie was again an interesting character, though at times her choices left a bit to be desired. Hawkins writes her as an archetypal good girl, yet she doesn’t always make the choices that type of character would. The book shows us a bit more about Sophie’s father’s family past, and the final revelation about it I totally did not see coming. Rachel Hawkins writes brilliant friendships: I like how Hawkins writes the best friend relationship between Sophie and Jenna, it is awesomely done; and Sophie’s friendship with Cal is well written. As the book is not set in Hex Hall, there are a few new characters introduced to the book. The most obvious is Sophie’s Dad, but we also get to see some of the people he works with on The Council of Prodigium. They are an interesting bunch.
The ending of the book is intense. I did not see it coming, not after the build-up of the book. The ending is, however, very open and leaves you wanting to read the next book in the Hex Hall series. Yet for all it’s openness, there is a definite sense that the book is complete. If you enjoyed Hex Hall then you should definitely give this book a try.
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