Demonglass (A Hex Hall Novel)

Book review by
Karen Wirsing, Common Sense Media
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Second installment in witchy series is darker but still fun.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 9 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Educational Value

Readers will enjoy this sequel as much as the original installment and will look forward to the third book. See our "Families Can Talk" about section for some discussion ideas. 

Positive Messages

Sophie learns that there is no greater tie than family and friendship. She forms unbreakable bonds with both Jenna and her father. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Sophie Mercer is learning to accept and love who she is, although she is different from other teens. As she grows into womanhood, it becomes easier for her to make the right decisions. She is a loyal, honest, and kind person who uses her magical powers to help others. 

Violence

A few battles take place between the Prodigium (aka witches, shapeshifters, and faeries) and the L'Occhio di Dio (Prodigium hunters). Chracters are stabbed by demonglass or daggers, and there is talk of heavy blood, but the victims are cured by magic healing spells.

Sex

There is kissing. Clothes are described as low cut, formfitting, or sexy.  A lesbian couple pecks on the lips.

Language

Words like "you suck," "freak," "idiot" and "douchebag" are thrown around once in a while.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

While in London, two teens drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes regularly. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this sequel is a bit darker than Hex Hall, the first in the series. There's an ambush in which witches, faeries, and shapeshifters are attacked. Sophie also finds herself fighting off ghouls that have risen from the dead. Vampires drink blood and demons attack Sophie and her father. However, the gore is lightly described, and most tweens should be able to handle it. There's also a lot of fun, and Sophie learns that there's no greater tie than family and friendship.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 12 and 15 year old Written byDanielP 5 January 9, 2016

Really great story

This 40 chapter book is great. I am on chapter 22 and you can barely put this book down. Elodie can hear, unlike normal ghosts, and Sophie and Jenna met two oth... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old May 10, 2013
Teen, 17 years old Written bycraftygirl202 September 17, 2011

Super Good Book!

Super, fantastic book! Some language such as: p-ss and b-tch.

What's the story?

When Sophie Mercer discovers she is not a witch but actually a demon, she and her vampire friend Jenna travel to London for a removal ceremony that will rid Sophie of her powers. While in London, Sophie spends time learning her family history with her father, the head of Prodigium (the collective name for shapeshifters, witches, and faeries) -- and slowly accepts that with better control, her magical powers can actually help people in need. When Sophie runs into her first love, demon-hunter Archer Cross, Sophie's father forbids her to ever see him again, and the story takes on a Romeo and Juliet-esque turn. But there's still plenty of fantasy and intrigue, including an unexpected ghost and some mysterious disappearances.

Is it any good?

DEMONGLASS is darker than Hex Hall, but is every bit as witty and fun for tween readers. In addition to battles and romance, this installment features a fashion duel: A demon magically changes Sophie's khaki pants and t-shirt into a white bunny outfit, and she fights back by quickly dressing the gentleman in a pink tutu. More fun comes when the girls visit a London nightclub and witness their English teacher -- vampire and poet Lord Byron -- dancing with another bloodsucker. When he sees the girls he "flips them the bird" and walks away with his nose in the air, and Sophie admits that she and Jenna were hardly the desirable scholarly students. These clever touches -- mixed with a feisty heroine, doomed love, and some intriguing mystery -- will leave readers thirsting for the next installment.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether or not they liked Hex Hall better than Demonglass, or vice versa. Why are sequels often darker and more violent than the original installment?

  • There is some violence here, but it all takes place in a fantasy setting. Does that make it easier to handle?

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