Nick’s family has been on the run from magicians his whole life. His father is dead, and his insane mother hates him—she starts screaming if he touches her. After Nick’s protective older brother is marked with a demon sign that means death, danger is unavoidable. The only way to erase the sign is to kill a magician.
As Nick and his brother play a deadly cat and mouse game with the magicians, Nick begins to suspect that everything his brother has told him about their past is a pack of lies. Not knowing whom to trust or where to turn, he walks into a trap—and a startling revelation that changes everything he’s ever believed.
I’ve heard so many good things about this book and I’ve been a fan of Sarah Rees Brennan’s tumblr so when I first cracked opened this book…I had pretty high expectations! I have to say, the beginning was a bit of a let down. It felt pretty slow to me and I just couldn’t quite get into it. But I kept going… AND OMG I AM SO GLAD I DID! The real action happens in the last half of the book. All those little things that I barely noticed in the first half or just chalked up as being cliches all added up into one helluva a plot twist. I should say twists actually because more than once I was thrown, FLOORED, by the revelations in the second half of the book. I was MIND blown. Every time I thought “okay, I know where this is going”, I was WRONG! The book really ends with a bang and gave me this whole new perspective on the entire story. This is a very well thought out, plot heavy book and I would definitely tell the people who are having a hard time getting through it to just tough it out because it is WORTH IT.
That said, I had some issues connecting with some of the characters… namely Mae (the female lead). I just couldn’t wrap my brain around her and get under her skin and it made it hard to get invested in her interactions with the Ryves brothers. But the brothers! Oh man, they are the stars for a reason. I love Nick and Alan (Alan particularly). Nick was so snarky and fun, but Alan… Alan turned out to be one of the most complex, dynamic, and intriguing characters that I’ve had the pleasure to read in a long time. He’s just so much more than meets the eye. And while the book is mainly written in Nick’s perspective, the majority of the reason why the book is AWESOME, is because of Alan. I don’t want to say more because I don’t want to spoil anybody, but if you don’t finish this book without falling a little bit in love with Alan Ryves then you are not reading it right!
Rating: 4 out of 5
Aw, my tumblr sold someone on me! *pats tumblr* Thanks tumblr, I will prepare you an electronic treat. Lexicon seems like so long ago… but it still lurks, like a shar… LIKE A TREASURE WAITING TO BE DISCOVERED.
“He knew her now. She was the weird girl in the class above him, who dyed her hair pink and always wore a lot of pentragrams and crystals. Right now she was also wearing giant chandelier earings and a violent pink T-Shirt that bore the words ROMEO AND JULIET WOULDN’T HAVE LASTED.”
Aw. Hey there you with your pink hair. ;) Very pretty lady who I can’t wait to see in Great Expectations being heartless!
“Fear’s useless. Either something bad happens or it doesn’t: If it doesn’t, you’ve wasted time being afraid, and if it does, you’ve wasted time that you could have spent sharpening your weapons.”
Oooh. I admit to mentally casting him myself while watching We Need To Talk About Kevin. Ezra Miller is so fantastic.
(Also this picture of him smoking reminds me that Nick was a smoker in the first draft of Lexicon, except it didn’t work because Alan honestly would never have let him start smoking. Such an anti-social habit, think of the HEALTH RISKS, the first time Alan saw it he’d have shut that down.)
I made this one for The Demon’s Lexicon, a YA series by Sarah Rees-Brennan. It’s supposed to be an amulet to protect against magic. (They are described as being like dreamcatchers with bird bones added in. I forgot about the bird part and went with small rodent bones instead. Oh well.)