3 S.R. Johannes: Bookanistas - Hex Hall and Demonglass

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Bookanistas - Hex Hall and Demonglass

First I'll talk about Rachel herself. Adorable, Hilarious, So fun. I met her a couple years ago online just before she sold her books to Hyperion. She is honestly one of the funniest people I've ever met right up there with Lindsey Leavitt. So as you can imagine I love hanging out with both or either of them. I only hope they think i'm half as funny as them. :) In addition to this series, Rachel has another one coming out in next year or two, Rebel Belle, which sounds awesome.

I read Hex Hall last year and loved it. But I never blogged about it? I know crazy right? So when I saw Rachel this past weekend, she gave me an ARC of Demonglass. Of course, I devoured it immediately.

Hex Hall

Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. It's gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie's estranged father--an elusive European warlock--only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it's her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters. By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard: three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, a creepy tagalong ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and only vampire on campus.Worse, Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her only friend is the number-one suspect. As a series of blood-curdling mysteries starts to converge, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her.
Characters
Sophie is a great character - vulnerable, ballsy, hilariously snarky. The inner dialogue is snappy and the book is pacy. Now, lets talk about Archer a bit - hotty, magical, cutie patootie. He's
The humor was perfect for me - a good balance. I laughed out loud many times. I love that it is a light, fun, pacy paranormal. Not too dark. Just the right mixture.

Cover Love
I love the reflection on this cover. It's bright and unique, and I think it captures the mixture of fun and intensity this book conveys quite well. Once you've read the story, you'll totally get it and how it connects!

Demonglass Teaser
Demonglass is just as good as the first book and picks up on some of the unanswered questions from the first book.

Sophie Mercer thought she was a witch. That was the whole reason she was sent to Hex Hall, a reform school for delinquent Prodigium (aka witches, shapeshifters, and fairies). But that was before she discovered the family secret, and that her hot crush, Archer Cross, is an agent for The Eye, a group bent on wiping Prodigium off the face of the earth. Turns out, Sophie’s a demon, one of only two in the world—the other being her father. What’s worse, she has powers that threaten the lives of everyone she loves. Which is precisely why Sophie decides she must go to London for the Removal, a dangerous procedure that will destroy her powers. But once Sophie arrives she makes a shocking discovery. Her new friends? They’re demons too. Meaning someone is raising them 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 Acher to do it. But it’s not like she has feelings for him anymore. Does she?

Demonglass comes out next year so I suggest you get Hex Hall now so you can grab it off the shelves.

Check out the other Bookanistas posts this week:

Christine Fonseca: ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS
Jamie Harrington: THE DUFF
Elana Johnson: PERSONAL DEMONS (Wednesday Edition)
Shannon Messenger: PARANORMALCY and a GIVEAWAY
Beth Revis: EAT, PRAY, LOVE
Lisa and Laura Roecker: CLEO THE CAT WHO MENDED A FAMILY
Scott Tracey: MATCHED
Carolina Valdez Miller: LOOKING AHEAD TO OCTOBER RELEASES

15 comments:

~Jamie said...

GRRR! I am SO JEALOUS you've read DEMONGLASS. Rachel is seriously the bomb. That girl brings the funny in the way so many of us wish we could!

lisanowak said...

Sounds great. Thanks for giving these recommendations.

Natalie Aguirre said...

I'm jealous too that you read DEMONGLASS. I read HEX HALL & loved it too. I'll have to read it again before DEMONGLASS comes out.

Elana Johnson said...

I must have this book! Like, now. NOW. Great stuff, Shelli.

Hilary Wagner ~ Debut Author said...

DEMONGLASS looks fab! I can't wait to read it either and I too am bursting with unmitigated jealousy that you have read it!!!

xoxo -- Hilary

Scott Tracey said...

I'm so jealous! I can't wait for Demonglass!

Christine Fonseca said...

I so want to read Demonglass...NOW!!!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Hex Hall has been on my TBR list for way too long. I think I need to bump it to the top! :-)

Shannon Whitney Messenger said...

Confession: I still haven't read Hex Hall. It sounds like I need to. Stat. ;)

Carolyn V. said...

I need to read Hex Hall too. I have tons of friends who love it. I'm going to have to go get it. =)

Jemi Fraser said...

I loved Hex Hall - Sophie is awesome. The humour in it was pitch perfect! :) Can't wait for Demonglass

Casey McCormick said...

OMG, so jealous!! Can't wait!

Christina Farley said...

I must read these books!

Jamie Burch said...

Ooh...I have to get this one!

Rachael Harrie said...

Sounds like a fantastic read! Can't wait!!!