Demonglass (A Hex Hall Novel)

Second installment in witchy series is darker but still fun.

What parents need to know

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

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. 


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.


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


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

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

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

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.

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.

Families can talk 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?

Book details

Author:Rachel Hawkins
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Hyperion Book CH
Publication date:March 1, 2011
Number of pages:368
Publisher's recommended age(s):11

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Kid, 11 years old May 10, 2013
age 10+


What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 13 years old Written bycait luvs bbc December 30, 2013
age 12+

Good Second Installment but be aware

The second installment in the Hex Hall Series is just as good as the first. with more challenges then the first one. In this you see Sophie maturing a little more by making tougher choices like deciding i she should keep her powers so she won't hurt anybody, or who should she trust. sex is a little issue sure there's a lot of kissing, but the problem is that nobody wants her with him because he is dangerous. Language is still an issue because the main character and basically everyone else swears, but nothing to bad
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 13 years old Written byThe Euphoric User January 27, 2013
age 13+

Sequel of the Hex Hall Trilogy

To be honest Demonglass was a much more enjoyable installment of the fantasy trilogy. I liked Nick and Daisy, one of the two new characters of the book, and Hawkins added this thing about (OOH SPOILAHS) Nick looking like Sophie's boyfriend Archer. At first I thought this was some kind of random saying so that the readers will get intrigued to buy the next novel. But when I read the third and last book (Spell Bound) it was... not what I had expected... OKAY SO ANYWHO I liked the plot better here, though it's darker than Hex Hall, the spellbinding sequel put me in a standstill and made me want to buy Spell Bound immediately (alas, I had to wait one boring year for it to be published).
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking


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