Thursday, June 30, 2011

BR: The Demon's Surrender

by Sarah Rees Brennan
The Demon's Lexicon trilogy; book III

I LOVE THIS SERIES. Seriously! One of my favourites. Especially the characters... it's one of the few paranormal books that I absolutely adore, so seeing it come to an end... *sniff* A definite must-buy for me.

WARNING: Minor spoilers for books 1 & 2... you should go read those books instead of my review, methinks ;)

Summary (goodreads)

The Goblin Market has always been the centre of Sin's world. She's a dancer and a performer, secure in her place. But now the Market is at war with the magicians, and Sin's place is in danger. Keeping secrets from the market she loves, struggling with a friend who has become a rival, Sin is thrown together with the Ryves brothers, Nick and Alan - whom she's always despised. But Alan has been marked by a magician, to be tortured as the magician pleases, and as Sin watches Alan struggle to protect the demon brother he loves, she begins to see both brothers in a new light. But how far will brother go to save brother - and what will it cost them all?

**
My Expectations: I loved book 2 so much, and I expected nothing but a stellar ending.
Delivery: I'll admit... I was slightly disappointed. However, it still had a lot of the elements I loved from the series
Put-down-ability: 4/10
**

My Thoughts

You know, sometimes there’s books that you just really, really struggle with reviewing. It has nothing to do with enjoyment, but maybe it’s just summer brain-mush that makes me unable to put my thoughts into words. Therefore, I’m going to just go with bullet-form because my brain is not working!

The Demon’s Surrender

Initially
  • I can't believe this series is ending!!!! *sniff* I loved the first two books.
  • Sin as a narrator? Uhm, I hope this works out. I was surprised by how much I loved Mae’s POV in book 2, so hopefully I’ll have the same reaction to Sin in this installment.

Plot
  • It was really good, but at times, there was too much going on, too many sub-plots.
  • I liked the motivation behind getting the Pearl, but there wasn’t enough resolution.
  • The Aventurine Circle, magicians, demons… loved it.
  • Knives! Swords! Magic!
  • The rivalry between Mae and Sin for the Goblin Market = very well done.
  • The Romance (capital R)- oh this is just too good ;)

Pacing
  • As an overall arc, I didn’t feel the pacing was... enough. I didn't get the desperation that I wanted, nor did I get the heart-working-overtime like I expected.
  • The action parts were done spectacularly, as were the transitions. It was never boring :)

Characters (and relationships)

  • I wanted a lot more of Nick and Alan. And Mae. And especially Jamie. They were the characters that I fell in love with in the first two books and at times it felt like Sin was too… random to be narrating this crucial last book.
  • Sin is a fantastic character though, confident, fierce, vulnerable, and protective. She’s basically caught in a craphole the entire book, whether it’s hanging out with demons, saving the Market, saving her family.. it get’s crazy and through it all she’s level-headed and just awesome. A true SRB kick-ass heroine.
  • Mae and Sin had the most interesting relationship in the book, they’re rivals to become leader of the Goblin Market, yet they admire and support each other as friends. I though Brennan really managed to explore this complex relationship, and made me hate Mae yet love Mae. 
  • Yes, there was a bit of Mae and Nick, but it’s something like this that made me slightly disappointed about Sin’s POV. I was so invested in Mae’s story after book 2, that the chances to further develop their relationship was hurt because Sin was mostly an outsider in regards to this.
  • ALAN. ALAN!!!! I can’t even. OMG. OMG. ALAN. Quoting Angie from Angieville My love for this boy is utterly indecent.”
  • At the core of this book is family. I’ve said it again and again, it’s books about family that just hit me in the gut, and the sibling love in this book is what made me initially fall in love with it. When Nick said “I missed you” to Alan, I swear I cried, true story. The fact that these siblings would do anything, anything for each other just makes me love them so freaking much.
  • Mae and Jamie were great, but like I mentioned before, MOAR JAMIE PLZ.
  • Nick and Jamie had the best lines ever! The times Jamie was present and not uber-creepy, it was like the whole scene lighted up.

Writing

  • YAY! It’s 3rd person, but I didn’t really mind. I really love Brennan’s writing style though, it has hilarious one-liners, it has fast paced action and lots of emotion. Awesomesauce.
  • I know it seems weird but this book is funny. The whole series is full of some top notch dialogue.
  • The writing allowed me to connect with the characters, which is more than I can ask for.

In Conclusion

Rating in HP Terms: Acceptable
Recommended for: fans of ... demons and supernatural and urban fantasy! And slightly paranormal.. also books about brothers-- I swear, the best books are always about brothers. And family.
Acknowledgements: 4/5

8/10 – because it wasn’t perfect for me, but I still liked it. I think I wanted different things than what I got; however, I was happy with the conclusion of this novel, the ending, and of course, the world of demons and magicians. The relationships between Sin and various characters were carried out beautifully, though I did wish I could have gotten more from the Ryves and Davies. I really wish I could have overly-gushed in this review but I can't :(

The themes, romance, writing, characters.. I’m heartbroken that this series has come to an end and I have to say goodbye to these characters... that’s the sign of a fabulous series, and let me tell you, this series is fabulous.

Some awesomesauce quotes:
“Your plan is always killing, Nicholas,” Alan said. “It worries me. I want you to have many goals”
~I can just imagine Alan saying this, can't you??

“Think about crack!” Jamie added, clearly struck by inspiration. “Yes! It’s like I’m a crack addict, and you’re my friend the drug dealer who gives me crack for free, and I know you’re just trying to be a good friend, but every time I think ‘Wow, this crack might be a little bit of a problem for me,’ you’re there to say, ‘Have some more delicious crack.’ Am I making sense?”

Nick stared. “Hardly ever in your entire life”

“Okay, well, it has to stop.”

“Fine,” Nick said, turning his face away.

“Not the friend thing,” Jamie told him, sounding a little anxious. “Just ease up on the magic crack.”

“You’re weird,” Nick grumbled, but he turned his face back to critically examine the new hand.

“You’re weird,” Jamie returned. “As soon as this whole magical war is over, I’m going to make us some friendship bracelets, and we will wear them everywhere because we are best friends.”

He gave Nick a beaming smile.
~oh Jamie. *hugs*

Jamie looked startled, and then grinned. “Oh my gosh, Nick. You’re not wearing a shirt! This must be one of those exciting days ending in Y.
~*flails* at the amazingness. Many of you would really like Nick. He has his shirt off often. Though I've completely converted to Alan.



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PS- I'm sorry for this really badly-written review :( I just can't get my thoughts straight. :(

Other reviews:
The Crooked Shelf
The Book Smugglers
Mundie Moms
Fiktshun

4 comments:

  1. I just read your overall rating since I have yet to start this series. Book 1 is looking at me in my reading stack. I have heard this is a pretty awesome series. And I like the quotes and the mention of a shirtless guy. Seriously there is not enough of them in books!

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  2. ALAN!!!!!!!!!!! Oh gosh I think Alan might be my most crushsome book crush EVER!

    Loved the quotes you picked out - LOL - and agree on Sin's POV. I loved Sin, but I wanted Mae (and Mae & Nick!). I wish she'd done dual narration, but still it was fabulous. And yes Sin & Mae's relationship is done so well.

    Love the term TEABS ~ I have serious TEABS for The Demon's Surrender. Maybe she'll write book 4???

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  3. Okay, where have I been because I didn't really start hearing about this series until the "best of 2011" lists started popping up? I don't mind spoilers so I read your review. LOL

    If Nick has his shirt off often, I probably would have wanted a lot more of him too. And who is Alan? I must find out. Guess I should start at book one.

    P.S. It pains me to say this since you keep stealing my book boyfriends, but your reviews are never badly written.

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  4. Nic- I totally thought of you when choosing quotes.. I was thinking "shirtless Nick or not shirtless Nick. I think shirtless is always the answer" xD

    Alexa- I KNOW ALANNNNNN <333 Haha, I doubt there's gonna be a book 4, because I really loved how this book ended. and if there IS, i want more JAMIE! YES?? YES!

    Missie- Oh you would love NIck. I can just tell ;) and LOL at your PS, thanks Missie :) Alan and Tom and Adam and Hale all send their regards ;)

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