By Rachel Hawkins
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, shapeshifters, 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.
What’s worse, she has powers that threaten the lives of everyone she loves. Which is precisely why Sophie decides she must to go
for the Removal, a dangerous procedure that will either destroy her powers for good – or kill her. London
But once Sophie arrives, she makes a shocking discovery. Her new housemates? They’re demons!. 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?
I took the liberty of adjusting the blurb above so as not to give too much of the story away. Remember I HATE spoilers!!! So if you haven’t read the first book, Hex Hall, I won’t give anything away here. Rachel Hawkins is brilliant again in the second in this series. I find her delightfully funny! She makes teenager Sophie real. Not too old and not too young. Which I think is a difficult task to accomplish when you take into consideration the dangers Sophie has to face in her life. I believe she handles them the way a young 17 year old would do. I mentioned before the dry, sarcastic humor of Sophie that I love so much – well it is all here and more. So I will leave you with a bit from the story to entice you to pick up these books.
“Last semester was intense,” I said to Dad.
“Intense?” he echoed, picking up my file. “Let’s see,On your first day at Hecate, you were attacked by a werewolf. You insulted a teacher, which resulted in semester-long cellar duty with one Archer Cross. According to the notes, the two of you became ‘close.’ Apparently close enough for you to see the mark of L’Occhio di Dio on his chest.”
I flushed at that, and felt Mom’s arm tighten around me. Over the past six months, I’d filled her in on a lot of the story with Archer, but not all of it.
Specifically, not the whole me-making-out-in-the-cellar-with-a-murderous-warlock-working-with-The Eye part.
Definitely 4 stars!! What are you waiting for? Go and buy this series!