Publication Date: March, 2011
Reviewer: Amber R.
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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 Archer to do it. But it’s not like she has feelings for him anymore. Does she?
I am fangirling so hard over this series. Honestly, this is the first YA series that I've read in quite some time that I've seriously loved. There are some factors that kinda irk me but not really. Sophie is still at Hex Hall waiting for her dad, who is head of the Council, to show up because she wants to have her magic removed. When he finally does show up, things don't go as planned. First he denies her Removal and then he wants her to go to England with her for the summer. She agrees but only if her biffle(b.f.f.) Jenna can come too. All pans out and Sophie, Jenna, Cal, and Sophie's dad all go to England. Turns out Sophie and Cal are BETROTHED. Yes, like 1880, my dad made a deal with your dad and we're in a contract to get married. Which isn't unusual for the magic world but Sophie is obviously like.. ughhhh No.
Anyhow, I don't want to tell you the entire story line but once Sophie and gang get to England, things are super interesting. There are 2 teenaged demons at the house where they're staying who don't remember how they were made. The Eye is still around causing trouble everywhere, they are on the hunt for Sophie. Archer is in England too and he makes things super complicated. Things aren't always black and white. Honestly, when are they ever? And people aren't what they seem.
I love the characters in these books, I love the story. It's one of those books that just completely drag you in and you can't put down. I went from reading this book to immediately into the third because I need to know what happens. The only thing that I kind of have an issue with is there is a slight love triangle. Which seems to be a YA go-to. And a lot of times it's completely unnecessary. In this book, I don't know if it's unnecessary yet. But the good thing about this love triangle is that it doesn't dominate the story. Rachel Hawkins knows how to give us what we want and drive us crazy at the same time. In my world, that's an awesome author.
This series is amazing. Please read it and love it as much as I do.