I just finished the Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan, and I have to say I really loved it. I have to give this 9.5 stars. I had trouble coming up with a recommendation for this because it is such a unique story, but I decided on The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare and The Young Elites by Marie Lu. It is YA urban fantasy, and if you haven’t read it yet I definitely recommend you check it out!
Summary (Goodreads): Sixteen-year-old Nick and his brother, Alan, are always ready to run. Their father is dead, and their mother is crazy—she screams if Nick gets near her. She’s no help in protecting any of them from the deadly magicians who use demons to work their magic. The magicians want a charm that Nick’s mother stole—and they want it badly enough to kill. Alan is Nick’s partner in demon slaying and the only person he trusts in the world. So things get very scary and very complicated when Nick begins to suspect that everything Alan has told him about their father, their mother, their past, and what they are doing is a complete lie. . . .
Non spoiler review: This book is one of the most original I’ve ever read. It is definitely not your typical YA book for many reasons I’m getting into, so if you’re looking for something different you should try this.
One of the things that made it so different is the point of view. Normally, we’d here from the point of view of Mae, the teenage girl who shows up needing help to rescue her little brother and meets the nice friendly brother and the dark and mysterious brother. However, we hear from Nick’s point of view; the dark and mysterious boy who already knows all about the world, and we discover it as he teaches it to his brother, until we find out that he didn’t know everything after all. Nick was a very dark character, and it was an interesting mind set to get into. It is truly one of a kind.
The other thing that made this so special is the world building. Demon summoning magicians? I don’t think I’ve ever heard of anything remotely similar, since these kids aren’t really hunters.
And then the secrets come out . . . wow. Amazing. So, so amazing. If you’re looking for a great, interesting, dark, one of a kind story with great characters and awesome world building, this is the book for you. Now go read it, and come back for the spoiler section.
Spoiler review: So much happened, I don’t even know where to beign.
To make things simpler, I’m going to devide it up into the begining, middle and end.
Beginning: Nick in the beginning was obsessed with Alen. I guess it’s because he doesn’t understand love, he understands brothers, and he treats Alen how he thinks he should treat his brother. But if that isn’t love, I don’t know what love is. Okay, so maybe he could turn it off a little too quickly, but while it lasted it was powerful. He was the kind of guy we would fall in love with as the female main character falls in love with, but from a boy’s point of view it’s a different reading experience; we see how he plays with girls, how he fights and carries weapons, how he’s distant and isn’t good at talking and only cares about his brother. I loved seeing the world from the point of view of someone who already knew it, who knew how to dance and how to fight and knew all the people at the goblin market.
Middle: At this point of the novel, who else was rooting for Mae and Nick?
I mean of course I love Alen and I don’t want to see him hurt, but it does seems like Nick and Mae would be a better fit. Alen and Mae are better on paper, but Mae and Nick are drawn to each other. I predict that in the next books she’s going to teach Nick what look is.
Another thing that made this book so compelling was Jamie’s sarcastic attitude. I’m always looking for the character that brings in the comedy element, and between Nick and Jamie this book had the greatest lines.
The end: That plot twist, though…
Nick is a demon. A DEMON. He can’t love, he can barely speak, he can’t understand humans. It explains so much, but Nick can still overcome that. He has some Alen inside him now, and I think Alen can take him far and teach him what love means. He definitely has a strong demon side to him, but he also has ties to humans his demon self didn’t have. He doesn’t even remember his life as a demon, so there is still a chance he can adapt to humanity. Alen believes demons can love, and maybe he’s right. Or maybe that was just him hoping his brother loves him.
I have to mention Black Arthur, who called Nick “it.” And then there’s Nick’s mom, who spent her life hating Nick. Black Arthur should have known that Nick wouldn’t remember any deal, and he and his mom should both have realized that Alen could change him. It’s too late to start treating him like a demon. Maybe if they had told him the truth when he was little, but not anymore. He’s more of a hybrid now.
I can’t wait to read the next books!