The Demon's Lexicon

The Demon's LexiconI like this book, but I think I m prejudiced I mostly added it to my books so I could look at it and smile in its direction edited because on reflection I cannot be unbiased. Cerdas, Gelap, Dan Menggugah Kau Akan Sulit Berpaling Dari Setiap Halaman Halamannya Cassandra Clare, Penulis City Of Bones Bagaikan Dentuman Kembang Api Yang Melesat Di Angkasa, Novel Perdana Brennan Sarat Prestasi Gemilang Dan Kejutan Scott Westerfeld, Penulis Uglies Sarah Rees Brennan Menenun Kisah Meliuk Liuk Yang Semarak Oleh Kejutan Holly Black, Penulis Ironside Dan Spiderwick Chronicles 2.5 stars The first chapter in Demon s Lexicon is extremely misleading The riveting opening scene starts off with two boys bantering in a kitchen until they re suddenly interrupted by an attack Someone has sent a magical flock of ravens to destroy their home, and Nick and his brother Alan manage to ward them off in an exciting, action packed scene During the aftermath, Mae and Jamie, two kids from school that the boys know slightly, show up asking for help with their own terrible problem Jamie has been marked for death by a demon, and they have nowhere else to turn.After such a taut, well plotted beginning, during which Nick seems to be a funny, quick witted man of action, I was looking forward to sinking into what I thought was going to be a really great novel Unfortunately, the structure of the book wobbled precariously throughout the whole thing, and much of the mythology was confusing or inadequately explored Some of Nick s inner narrative was too belabored and meandering, and the author also relied too much on telling us things rather than showing them In addition, much of the humor is very dry, and some parts that are meant to be funny fall rather flat Most importantly, however, Nick is just a mightily unlikable character There turns out to be a reason for this, but he is so unkind and mostly unfeeling throughout the book that it became very unpleasant to stay in his head, and there s not enough warmth or charm to balance out the relentless onslaught of negativity It s very difficult to write a book like this without offering redemption of some kind for the narrator.The end of the book was significantly interesting enough that I ll probably pick up the next one from the library to see where the story goes, but I ll be approaching it with much lower expectations than I d originally anticipated. I did not set out to love this book the bar was too high The word Demon itself, to me, is owned by Jonathan Stroud and Cassandra Clare Even the main character, Nick, was about as grouchy about starring in the story as I was reading it I had half a mind to suggest to him that we both go our separate ways except for the inclination that he would probably have said it to me first And then we found each other, Nick and I, and though we were both cross, there was the matter of good natured Alan to keep easing things on, and then ease was suddenly dis ease, and magician after magician and demon after demon and then the wild dance of the whole magical universe, thick with life and distinction and detail and sorrow and power, came crashing down on the two of us, and Nick and I together were lost.I am utterly smitten Not since Jace and Simon have I felt as I do about Nick and Alan The characters are expansive and troubled and complex, and nobody behaves as expected I only wish I could have found my way to this please god let it be a series later, so that I could have read them all back to back Because the wait is going to kill me As will the one after that SRB is a powerful, dark, complicated voice, with an eye for the details that make characters come alive At its heartless heart, this book is about the power of family and the power of power, and the struggle when the two coexist What is it to be human I don t know SRB s answer, but then her characters don t either, which is what makes a very small story into a very, very big one Demon s Lexicon is right up on my top shelf with my favorite books of the year, not only because it s brilliantly crafted, but because it is a perfect perfect book self It s not just a great debut for SRB On every page, it reads like the book she was meant to write. Wow This book really snuck up on me I wasn t sure at first, because the writing seemed as though a lot had been cut out initially I didn t think I was getting the whole picture I honestly think that this book was not written for the YA market, but it ended up as one because of the younger aged characters I felt as though the author might have been asked to edit some parts out to make itsuitable for younger readers, and I felt that initially As CS Lewis has expressed, I think that a good children s book is one that an older person will love just as much, so I don t really agree with writing books younger to make them fit into the YA genre So that feeling I had when I first started this book sort of threw me I have read Sarah Rees Brennan before, a short story in The Eternal Kiss 13 Vampire Tales of Blood and Desire, which I enjoyed immensely So I knew she was a good writer And the storyline of two brothers fighting demons and evil humans together called my name, as a huge fan of the Supernatural TV series and the Cal Leandros books by Rob Thurman I was already excited to read this book So, the beginning was so barebones, I got a little worried I shouldn t have worried This turned out to be an excellent book So excellent, that I really can t knock it down from five stars despite its shaky start.Ms Brennan took a story that seemed all laid out for the reader, and gave it depths and twists that had me truly surprised I didn t expect what happened at all I had some ideas, and questions, and then things fell into place I wondered about Nick, how he was so different from Alan But I thought that maybe it was a matter of havingof his mother in him Or maybe he was just wired differently from Alan I think that humans are so unique, we can t expect each person to react the same way to the same set of circumstances Even close siblings can be very different But the twist, it makes sense.This is an edgy book, and quite dark I think that Brennan can definitely bring it when it comes to this kind of storyline I don t assume that female writers don t know how to go there, and writers like Brennan show women writers do have the chops to pull off this kind of book That sibling bond is the lynchpin of this story It takes what you think you know and you find you didn t know as much as you thought You think that you know what love is capable of, but you don t have a clue People often find their views of the world shaken by the events that occur, and from that point it s either adapt or die It s a leap of faith to walk through a dark, twisted path, with no light in the horizon But what choice do you have Alan, who s so seemingly frail in need of protection, he will surprise you Nick, who seems so strong and invulnerable, he has a core of need that shows you that strength sometimes is an illusion, maybe even a fallacy Because we can t be a lonely, inviolate rock and survive in this world We need an anchor We need that tie of emotion to keep us grounded, to keep us healthy, sane, alive Such is the case with Nick There s definitely some symbiosis between Alan and Nick.I ll add this series to my favorites about family and siblings because it captures so much that I love about this theme, and so starkly and beautifully All the pieces fall into place, and the resultant picture is worthy ofthan a second glance It stands up against scrutiny in all the ways that count.As far as the fantasy elements, very well done Magicians equal sorcerers in this book Magic ties heavily into demonology The theme is inherently dark, but it s not so dark that it makes for unpalatable reading But dark enough to be credible Along with the fantasy are the cautions that humans of any persuasion can appreciate Power comes at a cost Do we really want to pay that cost Really Power corrupts and destroys But love can change that prognosis in ways we never thought possible.Yeah, it s clear that I am a fan of this book I am highly recommending it to people who love the theme of brothers against the world, fighting the bad guys real demons, and their own emotional ones Other books with similar themes you might enjoy Nightlife by Rob ThurmanChimera by Rob ThurmanThe Devil You Know by Felix CastorDead Witch Walking by Kim HarrisonMark of the Demon by Diana Rowland I m not sure I liked Brennan s world of magicians so obsessed with power they barter the lives of innocent victims with demons in exchange for magical powers Demons as is the biblical sense of rabid creatures who will do anything to enter our world but are so out of control they quickly destroy the bodies they possess And it isn t regular people turning to satanic ritual but people born this way, as evil magicians willing to sacrifice human life Plus once a person has been marked by a demon for possession, often through no choice of their own, they can t detour possession and ultimate destruction Hmmm It was a tough world to set up and I wasn t always satisfied with the explanations.The main character is an unlikeable, big, strong, violent, dyslexic, demeaning to women, unemotional, narcissistic teenage jerk and I was often frustrated with his contradicting range of emotions I understand why she credited him with so much internal conflict, but just like the story it didn t always feel authentic, and I didn t always feel like I understood him So I was frustrated And yet, I found myself caring what happened to him It s tough to write such an unsympathetic character, and most of the time Brennan did a decent job of getting us inside his head He made such a fascinating character and point of view that I did like trying to figure him out and decide whether or not I sympathized with him I hate the cover, but I found myself flipping back to it countless times to get a visual, especially when he was most unlikeable and I wanted to see something vulnerable in him.My main issue with the novel is the writing I want to know where this girl s copy editor was With run ons, dangling modifiers, and pronouns with no clue as to just which he or him she was referring to, I had to read several sentences and paragraphs over again trying to decipher exactly what she was saying Plus, there were some scenes that could be quite exciting and expressive and they fell flat because the description is all wrong I suppose that s what you get from an author with roots in fan fiction Had the story been better written, I may have been fascinated with her interpretation of biblical demons and the Goblin s Market, but as it was I didn t feel she deserved to twist such iconic literature.While the writing isn t great and the details of her world rubbed me the wrong way, Brennan came through with the suspense I knew this story had a big twist at the end and that kept me turning pages trying to figure out what it could be before the big reveal At times her attempts to keep the mystery secret were frustrating, not because I was anxious, but because I could not figure out what she was talking about I didn t get all the clues, but I figured out enough that I was not surprised by the ending And that twisted and evil surprise made the story almost worth it It s an interesting concept and I like the idea of the conflicted main character, but the delivery of this novel left me somewhat frazzled This is what literature has come to shock value isimportant than good writing. Although I spent most of the time cursing the male lead Nick for being a fxxking jerkass while I read this book, still the awesome ending is enough to make up for it Plus the older brother Alan, he really rocks But still, PLOT SPOILER WARNING view spoiler I can t believe in the middle of the book, the author had dropped SO MANY hints to point out Nick is a demon or at least a demon who possesses a human body hide spoiler Oh this book I wanted to like it a lotthan I did First, the writing was so godawfully bad in parts it made the whole thing a struggle to get through The main characters were fine, but all other secondary and tertiary characters were so badly drawn as to be characitures of themselves, place holders for the final product the author clearly meant them to be The surprise ending was indeed that, a surprise, but even managing to fool me with her plot twist doesn t make the book itself any better I maintain it would have been better if the main characters had been in love with each other all along, regardless of the plot twist and the spoilers it entails. Alert This is a read till 3AM book There s the love of brothers and dysfunctional families, crazy fights with swords and knives and guns, and hilarious dialogue that pops up and surprises you. I usually don t trust books with pouty lipped guys on the cover No offense guy on the cover For any other reason I m sure you d seem attractive, but right now you re on a cover and I don t trust you My theory has yet to be debunked It was really hard to finish reading this I debated just stopping, but I had some guilty conscious issues Luckily I did eventually get to the end, which was definitely the best part of the book Quick Overview Nick and his brother Alan with their half crazy mother have been on the run from magicians their whole lives, and have been on their own since their father died The most persistent magician is Black Arthur, the man who drove their mother mad He s after a charm she took and is willing to do anything to get it back Things get evendangerous when Mae and her brother Jamie come for their help after he s marked by a demon Nick doesn t care about helping people and doesn t care much for them bringing their problems too He s only interested in keeping him and his brother safe The always caring Alan insists on helping them though, and as a result is also marked by a demon Now instead of running away from magic Nick and Alan, along with the useless tag alongs, must go looking for magicians to take off the marks Nick has always seen Alan as the only constant thing in his life, but as secrets slowly start being revealed he realizes Alan has been lying to him, and begins to wonder what else he s been hiding The book is set in present day and as usual, magic is going on right under our stupid noses, we just don t see it because well, we re stupid The characters bothered me the most You hear a lot about how hot Nick is You d think the author would trust you to understand the first five times within 100 pages it was said The book is told in third person, but you re only told Nicks thoughts, which don t differ much from either anger or oh wait, that s about it Nick is constantly annoyed, angry, or completely void of feelings at any given moment It s just tiring to see nothing else but rage page after page Most times though, I felt Nick had a point, and his logic made sense maybe not a good sign Alan was my favorite, but whenever he did something particularly self sacrificial I d just want to slap him I d probably hate Mae and Jamie too if I were Nick Actually I just hate Mae She s pushy and na ve and was a HUGE pain in my behind She reminded me of those girls who smoked in the bathroom, drawing scary pictures on their hands and saying they are witches hoping that if they believe it enough then it might actually be true and thus making them the ultimate bad a Jamie was witty and funny, but didn t sound authentic most of the time It s like he was used as the designated comic relief gay guy Same with Mae not the gay part, the not sounding authentic part Mostly though I was annoyed Alan protects everyone and has a crush on Mae, who doesn t deserve him Mae is missing sections of her brain so she flirts with both Alan and Nick Nick hates Mae, but she s kinda hot and he knows no girl can resist his hot bod, but wait that s not okay because Alan likes her Hold up, Nick is pissed at Alan so maybe he doesn t care Jamie cracks a joke Nick remembers he hates everyone Especially Jamie And Mae And his crazy mom Repeat I m a huge sucker for action scenes and this book had enough of those to satisfy me What I really liked seeing though was the relationship between Alan and Nick They both want to protect each other and sometimes you see how one does a better job than the other I feel like I should point out that I thought the whole cheek kissing thing was weird I know their brothers They ll hold hands on the others death bed, and touch their head if the other is unconscious, but under no circumstances have I ever known a male over the age of 12 to kiss another male relative on the cheek Maybe that s just me, but moving on The actions of the characters make sense at the end Not to sound like a smarty pants but I guessed at the big secrets pretty early on, as I think a lot of people did I admit, some stuff I didn t guess ahead, but it wasn t mind blowing The villain was a bit disappointing at the end too Still, how all that stuff eventually played out was smart and original The description was done well you get a real feel for the characters feelings and the atmosphere.So in all, the book was hard for me to get through, but the end tied it up well The whole brotherly bond thing was nice to see You don t read many books that depict that The title is pretty cool and smart If you re someone who usually reads books with these types of characters then I m sure you ll love it I admit that I m kinda resentful at how many and pep talks I had to go through to finally convince myself to finish it Not sure if I ll finish the series seeing as I still hate Mae Maybe if the next cover doesn t have a pouty lipped boy We ll see.

Sarah Rees Brennan is Irish and currently lives in Dublin For a short stint, she lived in New York and became involved with a wide circle of writers who encouraged and supported her, including Holly Black and Cassandra Clare She has developed a wide audience through her popular blog,, where she writes movie parodies, book reviews and some stories.

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  • 22 March 2018

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