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The Compulsive Reader: The Demon's Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan

Thursday, April 30, 2009

The Demon's Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan


Nick Ryves is used to running. Ever since he was young, his family has been on the run, trying to stay one step ahead of the deadly Magician's Circle that is bent on retrieving the talisman Nick's mother stole from them. Nick has always relied on his older brother Alan to make the right choices and protect them, but when it becomes evident that Alan may be keeping secrets from him, Nick is set on a path that will lead him to the startling truth about his family and himself.

Quite imaginative and unique, The Demon's Lexicon is a nice departure from the norm of YA supernatural fiction. Brennan tells the story in Nick's point of view, highlighting his struggle to trust others and control his emotions, which is an interesting complication. The book moves rapidly, and some readers may find Brennan's brisk style a little hard to make sense of in the very beginning, but it doesn't take long before the story evens out and clicks into place. The paranormal world and the way magic works in The Demon's Lexicon is unique in the sense that any and all magicians are corrupt, and Alan, Nick, and their friends can only protect themselves using magical objects and their own wits, creating a stirring and intriguing mystery with a startling twist that will ensure Brennan's status as a talented new voice in YA lit.

Cover Comments: Agh, I really don't care for this cover! I think the guy is fine (as in, he's appropriate for the cover!), and I like the font of the title, but the yellow-ish/orange-ish/red-ish glow just makes it adapt a very unprofessional feel, and I don't care for the lightening and the bats in the background. To me, it comes across as a cheap Halloween poster. I apologize if I've offended anyone who disagrees, that's just my opinion! I hope it doesn't deter anyone from picking it up!

13 comments:

Llehn said...

AWESOME!

robin_titan said...

The lower half of his face and his hair make him look a LOT like Tom Welling hehe

Lenore said...

He is also fine (as in FINE). hahaha.

Wrighty said...

This sounds very interesting and has some different twists than so many of the stories lately. I don't care for the cover either. I agree with your comments about the background and it doesn't work that well for me. Just some color changes would improve it and make it more striking.

babygirlG said...

That was my first reaction too, Robin!

Charlotte said...

I'm looking forward to this one, despite the orange (which I totally agree about),

pinktooth2 said...

the books sounds great but the cover reminds me of books made back in the 90s/80s on how they looked..

Amy said...

the cover definitly could use some improvement, but the story sounds interesting. great post!
-amy

Anonymous said...

The cover's cool but I'm not a big fan for it, it sounds like an okay book.

Chelsea

Chelsea said...

The cover's cool but I'm not a big fan for it, it sounds like an okay book.

Laini Taylor said...

I agree about the cover, but I'm really looking forward to reading this!

Laina said...

Personally I think he's pretty darn cute... but I sorta had a thing for Tom Welling XD

Anonymous said...

good book. agree with you about the american cover, the uk+ireland cover is much better designed.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Demons-Lexicon-Sarah-Rees-Brennan/dp/1847382894