Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Swoon Worthy Wednesday: Archer Cross (Hex Hall Trilogy)

Character: Archer Cross

Age: 16

Description: Seductive brown eyes, slender yet built frame, tall

Why We Love Him: As the resident bad boy of the Hex Hall Trilogy and a powerful warlock with a wicked sense of humor and easy going charm, it's so easy to fall head over heels for Archer Cross from the beginning! He doesn't mind causing some trouble and mayhem, and especially enjoys teasing Sophie every chance he gets. But Archer is also very protective of his friends, and even though he was raised by The Eye (an organization that wants to kill all Prodigium), he grows and changes through loving Sophie. There's a soft interior underneath all the sarcasm and punch throwing. Archer has some really sweet moments with Sophie through the trilogy and those scenes with just make your heart sigh dreamily. Definitely a fun-loving character worth investing in!


“Oh, good, it worked,” Archer said, his ghostly face relieved. Unlike Elodie, his voice came in loud and clear, and so familiar that my heart broke all over again.

I stood frozen, my back against the door. Even though he was faint, I could see him smirk.
“Um . . . Mercer? Haven’t seen you in nearly a month. I was expecting something like, ‘Oh, Cross, love of my heart, fire of my loins, how I’ve longed—’”

“You’re dead,” I blurted out, pressing a hand against my stomach.

“You’re ghost, and you think—”

All the humor disappeared from his face, and he held up both hands. “Whoa, whoa, whoa. Not dead. Promise.”

My heart was still hammering. “Then what the heck are you?”

Archer almost looked sheepish as a he reached inside his shirt and pulled out some kind of amulet on a thin silver chain. “It’s a speaking stone. Lets you appear to people kind of like a hologram. You know. ‘Help me, Sophie-Wan Kenobi, you’re my only hope.”

“Did you steal it from the cellar at Hecate, too?” Archer had collected all sorts of magical knickknacks back when we had cellar duty at Hex Hall.

“No,” he said, offended. “I found it at a . . . store. For magical stuff. Okay, yes, I stole it from the cellar.”

I rushed across the room and thrust my fist at his solar plexus. It went right through him, but it was still kind of satisfying. “You jerk!” I cried, striking at his head. “You scared me to death! Cal said The Eye probably had you, and I thought they’d found out about you and me working together, and killed you, you arrogant piece of—”

“I’m sorry!” he shouted, waving his translucent hands. “I-I thought the talking would give it away, and I didn’t mean to scare you, but I’m not dead! So would you please stop hitting me?”

I paused. “You can feel it?”

“No, but it’s still kind of unsettling to see your fist coming at my face.”

We were inches away from each other. I let my arms drop to my sides. “You’re not dead.”
“Not even a little,” he replied. And then he smiled, a genuine, happy smile, and my cheeks started to ache. That’s when I realized I was grinning, too.

“So hologram means—”

“It means non-corporeal, yeah. Which sucks seeing as how there are a lot of very corporeal things I’d like to do with you right now.”


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Hex Hall (Hex Hall Trilogy #1)

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Synopsis: 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 student 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.

Demonglass (Hex Hall Trilogy, #2)

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Synopsis: 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?

Spell Bound (Hex Hall Trilogy, #3)

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Synopsis: Hailed as “impossible to put down,” the Hex Hall series has both critics and teens cheering. With a winning combination of romance, action, magic and humor, this third volume will leave readers enchanted.

Just as Sophie Mercer has come to accept her extraordinary magical powers as a demon, the Prodigium Council strips them away. Now Sophie is defenseless, alone, and at the mercy of her sworn enemies—the Brannicks, a family of warrior women who hunt down the Prodigium. Or at least that’s what Sophie thinks, until she makes a surprising discovery. The Brannicks know an epic war is coming, and they believe Sophie is the only one powerful enough to stop the world from ending. But without her magic, Sophie isn’t as confident.

Sophie’s bound for one hell of a ride—can she get her powers back before it’s too late?

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