Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Book Review: The Demon's Surrender by Sarah Rees Brennan

The Demon's Surrender by Sarah Rees Brennan
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: June 2011
Pages: 400
Source: I think I bought it :)
For: Fun
Series: Demon's Lexicon, Book 3

Summary from goodreads: *Spoilers are inevitable for the first two books*
The Goblin Market has always been the center of Sin’s world. But now the Market is at war with the magicians, and Sin’s place is in danger. Thrown out of the Market she loves, Sin is thrown together with brothers Nick and Alan—whom she’s always despised.

Alan has been marked by a magician and is being tortured so that the magicians can get to Nick. As Sin watches Alan struggle to protect the demon brother he loves, she begins to see him in a new light—but she and Mae are locked in a fierce rivalry over who will inherit the leadership of the Goblin Market, and a decisive battle with the Aventurine Circle is looming. Mae’s brother, Jamie, is holed up with the magicians, his loyalties in question. And Nick—well, who knows what a demon might do to save his brother? How far will Nick go to save Alan—and what will it cost them all?
Things I Liked:
Glad I finally finished off this series!  It's been patiently waiting on my shelf forever (apparently 3 years).  I should have reread the first two, but let's be honest, it wasn't going to happen.  I was pretty well able to pick up what I needed, and the main characters had really stuck with me.  Mainly, I couldn't quite recall what happened to Mae and Jamie.  It was a pretty interesting conclusion, not entirely what I expected.  I liked hearing from Sin, though I thought she was a little too removed from some of the action for me to completely understand and enjoy the story.  There were some flaws that I was a little bit confused about and details that didn't quite make sense, but I do love Brennan's writing style and her descriptions, not to mention her very interesting characters. 

Things I Didn't Like:
There were a few things that really bothered me during the story.  I was annoyed about what seemed like a super obvious solution to what happened to Alan that no one even mentioned.  I think if it had been addressed as a what if, I might have been ok, but it never came up.  Maybe just me.  Also, what in the world happened in the end?  I think maybe I missed something, but didn't quite follow what happened with the demons in the end.  It seemed like maybe the author kind of couldn't quite figure out how it would work, so fudged it a little bit.  Again, this might just be me.  I did enjoy it, but thought the ending was a little lacking.

It's a pretty unique series, I think

s-factor: !@
a number of them

mrg-factor: XX 
mainly sensuality

v-factor: ->->
ah, those demons (and magicians, and everyone else too)

Overall rating: ***

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  1. I started the first book of this series and couldn't get into it! Not sure if I should try again...

    1. I think if you didn't like the first, it might not be your cup of tea. I adored that first one!


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