Title: The Demon's Lexicon (The Demon's Lexicon #1)
Author: Sarah Rees Brennan
Published: June 2nd, 2009
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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. . .
So, I don't know what it was about this book but, it took me a while to really get into it. I don't know what it was that I couldn't really get into but, I just couldn't. I enjoyed Brennan's writing but, I didn't fall in love with the characters or the plot. I felt that this book would be great for boys, the two main characters are both boys, and I enjoyed the narration of our main character Nick. I will be honest though the narration seemed to be a lot of telling, if that makes any sense. It felt like you were told about the situations the characters were in more then saw.
Nick and Alan are the only family that each other has, their mother is crazy but, they always have to be ready to go because the magicians have been after them for as long as they both can remember, and they already got to their father. The leader of the magicians circle Black Arthur has been after their mother ever since she left him for their father. Alan is the older one and the only person that really seems to care about Nick. Their mother has always been afraid of Nick and never wanted anything to do with him, he has never known why that's just how it's always been.
I was disappointed in the villains of the magicians. Only because when I think of the word magicians, I don't think of evil people out to get you I think of tricks and what we normally think of as magicians. The story didn't really start coming together until the end and that was when I finally got it all, there was a twist that was somewhat of a surprise but, not really. Also, the setting of the book is in London and I was looking forward to getting to hear more about it and you really didn't get to learn much about it at all.
Overall, I don't know if this book was for me, I am a little bit curious to read the next book in the series but, not enough to go run out and get it. I recommend this one for boys, I really think it's good for the reluctant reader. Also, for people who enjoy a good paranormalish fantasy. Brennan created an interesting plot but, it just couldn't grab by attention. I am really looking forward to reading her new series The Lynburn Legacy, Have you guys read any of the other books by Sarah Rees Brennan? What did you think?