Sunday, June 19, 2011

The Demon's Surrender by Sarah Rees Brennan

Release Date: 06.14.2011
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 400

Spoilers from the first books The Demon's Lexicon and The Demon's Covenant

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?

I've been putting off this review because I'm still not really sure what I thought of this book. So this might turn a little rant-y. So beware!

First off, I think this was my least favourite of the series. But I was total fangirl over the rest of the series so I don't know if you should judge the book based on that.

This book was Sin's point of view, and from the beginning I thought that was kind of random because she hasn't really been a part of the books before. Then I realized there wasn't going to any Mae & Nick togetherness and I was all kinds of upset.

So throughout the book I went through being bored, to pissed off to loving it to I don't even know what. Trust me, if you follow me on twitter you were subjected to some pretty wicked mood swings that day.

That being said, I still really enjoyed this book. The plot was more twisted than ever, and the Ryves brothers were back and badder than before. I really liked Alan in this book (though Nick will forever be my favourite Ryves brother – he’s so hilarious) and think we got to see a little more of how his mind worked, and why he was so secretive all the time. I also liked the build-up of his relationship with Sin, and I thought they worked very well together (though he seemed to get over Mae rather quickly). It also meant that Nick and Mae could finally work on their relationship, which I was ecstatic about seeing as they were my favourite pairing in the series (though the amount explored was limited due to the fact they were no longer the focussing characters, which was a shame). I also liked reading about Sin’s opinions on everyone, especially her rival Mae, because it helped give a completely different viewpoint on the characters, which I found very interesting. But, by far, the best part of this book (apart from the wonderful characters) was the dialogue.



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