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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.
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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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