Monday, August 31, 2009

Review by Alex- The Demon's Lexicon

The Demon's Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan

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.

This is the Demon's Lexicon. Turn the page.

Very First Impression: Seems okay... But didn't have enough time to read it (library book)

Second First Impression: Got from library again after reading reviews for it and reading how interesting (aka hot) Nick is. XD Thinking it would be really good.

And I was surprised- The Demon's Lexicon is even better than I thought it would be!

The book just launches into action and at first it's a little tough to follow and figure out what's going on. Demons are attacking Nick and Alan- WHAAAT? But things are nicely explained- very nicely. Secondary characters Mae and Jamie, are introduced early on. The two are siblings and Jamie has been marked, cursed, by demons.

It would be easy to say that the rest of the book involves Nick, Alan, and Mae and Jamie trying to get rid of the marks and survive. But there's more to it- Nick and Alan also have quite the history. Alan is keeping some very important secrets from Nick.

Alright. Well there is quite a bit going on, but it's all told very well and it's so addicting. Nick is awesome. Seriously. He starts off as the epitome of the sexy, bad boy type but then diverges and becomes entirely his own character. He's something entirely different and I just couldn't get enough of him.

All the other characters are distinct and unique. I would have liked to know a little bit more about Mae and Jamie, but that's a minor problem. The writing's smooth and flowing, very easy to read. There's humor laced through the novel and I loved every minute of that. Nick is sarcastic and cold- which makes the perfect type of wittiness.

The twist at the ending is such a shocker. The whole path of the novel is full of sharp turns and bends, but the one at the end- just wow. Didn't see any of it coming. And wouldn't want to at all. I find it better to just enjoy the ride than to always try to second guess what's happening. (Which is why I suck at predicting anything.)

Final Impressions: So much better than I expected, so much fun to read. It's a dark and thrilling tale with lots of plot twists. A must read for fans of bad boys, fantasy, or just looking for a great book to escape in.

Favourite Character: So easy! Definitely Nick. Without giving too much away, he's dark, mysterious, sarcastically funny, and all around awesome. He's also very lovable. :D

Almost 6 shelves! 5.5/6.


  1. This is next on my to-read list (quite literally, it turns out), simply because it was due at the library YESTERDAY. :-) So glad to hear that you liked it! Can't wait to read it now...

  2. This looks great! Awesome review(:

  3. I'm glad you liked the book. I read it and went Wow at the end too. Did you know there will be a 2nd? (Gosh, I can't think of the name but it is The Demon's somethinganother)
    I can't want to read the 2nd one!
    Great review!

  4. I loved this one too! Nick & Alan were very well written - can't wait to see what happens next! :)

  5. This is my next read so I'm so pleased you liked it!

  6. I got this and then didn't know if I wanted to read it. I'm definitely going to know. Great review!


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