A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.

I also blog about
graphic novels and manga on a separate BLOG.

Friday, September 11, 2009

DNF. The Demon's Lexicon

The Demon's Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan

Pages: 322
Ages: 14+
First Published: June 2, 2009
Genre: YA, urban fantasy
Rating: DNF

First sentence:

The pipe under the sink was leaking again.

Reason for Reading: The plot sounds fascinating and just like my type of book. I received a review copy from Simon and Schuster Canada.

Comments: I couldn't finish this book. I made it to page 94. I admit it's been a busy week for me but to struggle with one book and read only 94 pgs in a week, for me, is unreal. I really did give this the extra effort because I wanted to like it but it just never captured me. I couldn't get a hold on the plot. I couldn't connect with the characters. Finally, the parts about demons and magic that should have captured my imagination (I wanted it to!) just didn't. It has received very good reviews from others, though. It's average rating on Amazon is 4.5. I wish I was one of them but sadly this book and I just could not connect with one another. I will leave you with the publisher's jacket flap.

Nick and his brother, Alan, have spent their lives on the run from magic. Their father was murdered, and their mother was driven mad by magicians and the demons who give them power. The magicians are hunting the Ryves family for a charm that Nick's mother stole -- a charm that keeps her alive -- and they want it badly enough to kill again.

Danger draws even closer when a brother and sister come to the Ryves family for help. The boy wears a demon's mark, a sign of death that almost nothing can erase...and when Alan also gets marked by a demon, Nick is desperate to save him. The only way to do that is to kill one of the magicians they have been hiding from for so long.

Ensnared in a deadly game of cat and mouse, Nick starts to suspect that his brother is telling him lie after lie about their past. As the magicians' Circle closes in on their family, Nick uncovers the secret that could destroy them all.

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