Published by Simon Pulse
Published 3 March 2011
HEY YOU.....YEAH YOU FOOL WHO ELSE AM I GOING TO BE SHOUTING AT! I want you to close your eyes (well, after reading this part, duh!) and imagine me in my best Gandalf get up, expect with a whole lot more glitter and sparkle and maybe pom poms instead of a staff, shouting the words, YOU SHALL NOT PASS......but only if you've not read Hex Hall because Y'ALL even the synopsis has the spoilers. If you read past this even when you've not read Hex Hall then you are going to a world full of pain and spoilers, do NOT even try and say I didn't warn you.
Summary - 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...
Sphie is hoping for a quieter summer, but as she's spending it with her dad - who just happens to be Head of The Council of 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?
I do not know what it is about Rachel Hawkins, but she makes me completely loose my shit. Honestly, I turn into this bumbling, grinning, hysterical girl that can only squeal and grab hold of strangers and make them partake in impromtu dance parties, because oh CRAP she is good at the funny. Y'all probably know this about me, but the way to my heart is through manical laughter that puts me on the verge of peeing my pants. Make me laugh and i'm not talking about giggle, I mean the full on Carla Cackle, and I am ALL OVER IT.
So, after the events of Hex Hall and that OMG OH NO SHE DIDN'T ending, we are immersed into the magical world of Ms Sophie Mercer straightaway, with a full on cackle from me by page eight. Then it was like, WHAT ON EARTH is this woman going to write because I don't think I can handle this much laughter, then BLAM, attacked with a cackle. LOVE IT. Okay, so I think I may have enjoyed this book more than Hex Hall (I KNOW RIGHT?! go buy a copy!) because I had more of an interest in the characters because I had all this amazing prior knowledge of them. Plus, Hawkins really gets down to it with the mythology and Sophie's background and how she came to be a demon. I also liked that we got to see some familiar faces with the shy but smoldering Cal, the pink fluffy vamp girl Jenna and the hot gonnameltyourpantsrightoff Archer Cross himself.
Also, the book is set in England, which is only where I live. HOLLA!!! ten gajillion cool points for the epic change of location to places I actually know and love!! YAY ENGLAND. Sophie as a character developed a LOT more for me over the course of the book and her snark made me want to invite her to a sleepover, where we could talk about how sucky it must be for her to be a demon and how maybe she could turn like more boy's hair to blond for me, because friends do favours like that. We would then stand in front of my mirror and she would change my outfit with magic, because I always envied Sabrina for being able to do that, and it would make my childhood dream reality....the ability to change clothes by magic and hair colours to blond. AHHHH SOPHIE CALL ME!
AHHH, I know what you're waiting for, and here it is......SEXYTIMES GALORE. Swoonage central let me tell you. SAHHHHH-WOON. I had to stop myself from making out with the book the sexytimes scenes were that hot. Plus, there is some swoonage that also happens to be really really awkward which is only the VERY BEST KIND. Plus, the storyline was one that I found really easy to immerse myself into, which obvs means it was fun and witty and fast paced and kept me occupied until I turned the last page. Raising Demons is a fabulous addition to the Hex Hall trilogy, and I've not doubt this isn't the best we've seen of Hawkins, which makes me EXTREMELY excited to see what the final book brings to the table and also VERY suspicious that Hawkins must be magic to make me love a paranormal series so much especially when i'm a contemporary girl at heart. I loved it.
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