By: Sarah Rees Brennan
Reported by: Juli Helms
W- Just kidding. You didn't really think I was going to say the same thing for the fourth time in a row, did you? Sorry, guys, I've been MIA (MIR--Missing In Reviewing, really) for a while now. Let me get used to it again...
Alright. Let me just start off here and say that I love Sarah Rees Brennan. I *LOVE* her. I actually met her along with another author I love, Jeri Smith-Ready, at the RT BookLovers Convention back in April. I haven't heard of her before that, but she is SO. HILARIOUS. I'm pretty sure she's the funniest person alive. So, anyway, after I stopped laughing at her presentations (which took me about 50 years. I'm currently 51, FYI) I really wanted to read this book, even though I'm not a big fan of demons (and who is, really?). I went to my local Barnes & Noble but they didn't have it, so I kind of forgot about this book for a while...
Until I got it. I ordered it and I got it in the mail two weeks ago, but I didn't want to start it because... well... what if I don't like it? I so wanted to love this book, because I love Sarah and would've been so disappointed if I didn't like her book. Alas, I had no need to worry. This book was amazing! The plot was layer after layer of revelation and discovering along with Nick the truth behind everything just blew. me. away. I thought I was an expert on twists, but after this book, I may need to redefine that word. You will never, ever see the ending coming. It puts a capital W in wow.
The characters and the tension between them is wonderfully, realistically portrayed as well. Rarely do I read a book about siblings, and this book shows the connection between Nick and Alan so well, I could've sworn that was my brother right there. If I was Alan and my brother was Nick, and we were demon-slayers, that is. Also, the characters had very distinct personalities. Never once did a character snap me out of the story, and every single one popped out at me. Sarah Rees Brennan has a talent of crafting believable, unique characters in just one paragraph--and in some instances, just a few sentences! Although there were a few parts in this book that I found a bit too long that dragged on, they all served a purpose and in the end everything made sense--and left me staring at the page, gaping and gasping and speechless.
And with that, I shall now leave to read The Demon's Covenant.