Tuesday, 1 March 2011
Review: Raising Demons by Rachel Hawkins
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Released: March 3rd, 2011
Grade rating: A
Sophie is actually relieved to be spending the summer in London with her father. But when your father is Head of The Council of Prodigium and your summer is being spent at the headquarters of everything magical, then a quiet holiday isn't really that likely. And, as Sophie struggles to come to terms with her new found demon powers, she finds herself thrust once again into a world of dark magic and conspiracies. The only thing that could possibly make things more complicated would be for Archer Cross to show up again, which of course he wouldn't, would he?
The only way I can explain reading Raising Demons is to liken it to watching a new episode of The Vampire Diaries: exciting, unpredictable and so, so good.
I loved Hex Hall when I read it this time last year, and I didn't realise how much I missed the characters until now. If I could have gone to Hecate Hall and been BFFs with Sophie, I so would have done. Her snark and sharp tongue remains unrivaled by any other YA female I've come across, and is similar only to one Miss Buffy Summers. See what I mean? Our Hexy friendship is totally a match made in fictional-land.
Raising Demons kept me on my toes the whole way through. Each chapter brought with it a new surprise, not to mention more OMG WTF!? moments than Donnie Darko. It was one of those books that had me whooping and exclaiming out loud, and I basically shunned everyone until I'd finished it. With a fictional world this good, there's just no time for reality to interrupt!
Rachel Hawkins sure knows how to mess with our heads, thanks to the romantic side of Raising Demons. A minor character has a larger part in Sophie's life, while my favourite one-eyebrow-raising warlock, Archer Cross (*swoon*), takes a more backseat - but nevertheless hot - role in things. He may not have scorched up every single page but, when he was in it, WOW was he in it. Talk about chemistry! If he and Sophie had had any more page time, I fear my book would have spontaneously combusted. He brings the sizzle like it's going out of fashion. Team Archer, guys!
I loved everything about this book, from the English setting (yay!) to the beyond-evil cliffhanger of an ending. I mean, who does that?! Why torture your lovely, impatient readers? I'll forgive you this once, Rachel, as I think I'll just about manage a year-long wait for the next book. It's times like these that a time machine would come in handy but, until that day arrives, I will console myself with thoughts of Archer, his sarcasm and one very wayward eyebrow.