Aug 20, 2012

The Demon's Lexicon

Sarah Rees Brennan
The Demon's Lexicon
Nick and his brother, Alan, have spent their lives on the run from magic. Their father was murdered, and their mother was driven mad by magicians and the demons who give them power. The magicians are hunting the Ryves family for a charm that Nick's mother stole -- a charm that keeps her alive -- and they want it badly enough to kill again.
Danger draws even closer when a brother and sister come to the Ryves family for help. The boy wears a demon's mark, a sign of death that almost nothing can erase...and when Alan also gets marked by a demon, Nick is desperate to save him. The only way to do that is to kill one of the magicians they have been hiding from for so long.
Ensnared in a deadly game of cat and mouse, Nick starts to suspect that his brother is telling him lie after lie about their past. As the magicians' Circle closes in on their family, Nick uncovers the secret that could destroy them all.
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This book was good. I mean, it wasn't "ohsweetbabyJesus" amazing, but it was good. I liked the story, and I liked Nick, even if he had a smaller emotional range than a gnat. The ending really made me sad, though. I dunno. It wasn't amazing, but I did really like the book.

So, Nick and Alan have pretty much spent their entire lives running from power-crazed magicians, and have killed plenty of them. Their mom lives with them, but she's pretty much entirely off her rocker and hates Nick, and their father is dead (killed by magicians- duh). Enter Mae and Jamie. Two kids from Nick's school, who need some help in the magic department, or Jamie may die, because of some weird mark on him. And, Alan, being the nicer of the two brothers, whom already knew Mae, decides that he and Nick need to help them. Unfortunately, the magicians now know where they live and they had to flee to London. Also, quite unfortunately, Alan still continued to try and help the siblings (you know, Mae and Jamie), which put Alan and Nick into a lot of trouble. Alan, who is a little too kindhearted for his own good, decided to take part of the mark on Jamie (weird demon magic junk, all made sense in the end). So, with all of that, these four teenagers were thrown together in an adventure that ended with some extremely shocking revelations and a lot of fight scenes. *wipes forehead* It was actually an interesting plot. The story itself was extremely refreshing (because it was not a love story) and there was a lot of evil and desperation thrown in for good measure. I liked it. It was fun. And then in the end, you question yourself and think "Huh. Am I evil, too, but I just don't know it?" That was also fun, and refreshing. 

The characters were fun, but the only one I actually got attached to was Nick. And he had no emotions and hated everyone (have you guys watched the show Avatar? He reminds me of Mai, Zuko's girlfriend) except for his brother (but there was a point where he hated him, too). He was snarky and stoic, kind of like Jace in City of Bones, before we found out he actually did have a heart and was not, in fact, made of stone. Nick, however, really didn't have emotions, like at all. Well, except for anger. The dude did want to kill people often, but I was always like "Well, I would too if my mom hated me." That was also refreshing (I mean, how often do you read a book about a guy who constantly feels homicidal? Not sure what this says about me...) Anways, I liked the characters a lot, I just wasn't all that worried about Jamie dying or Mae's feelings or Alan's.... Alan-ness. They just kind of were. I did feel for the guy who didn't feel, so who knows, maybe I'm just weird.

I hate the cover with a passion. It's a good thing it contained a good story.

I'll give it 3.5 stars, because it was good, just not amazing, and I hated the cover. It was a good read, though. It was one of those books you wake up at 6 AM with the sudden desire to finish... or maybe that's just one of those freaky Megan things. Not sure.

This review took FOREVER to write, 'cause I couldn't stop staring at pics of the CoB set. I mean, really?

And then Lily Collins is just the perfect Clary:

You can't blame me. They're just so perfect.

Sorry for the pic spam. I just can't help myself. 

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1 comment:

  1. I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who liked Nick! =) The ending made me kinda sad since he was the one character I connected to most. I, too, had difficulty with this book. I really wanted to love it but ended up just liking it, although it was really good. I wanted to give up on it but stuck it out and liked it but there was just something...anyway, I'm a new follower.


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