The Demon's Covenant, the second book in a trilogy, takes place a few weeks after the events that occurred in The Demon's Lexicon. It follows Mae, onl...moreThe Demon's Covenant, the second book in a trilogy, takes place a few weeks after the events that occurred in The Demon's Lexicon. It follows Mae, only a secondary character in the first one, who now has to deal with the fact that her brother, Jamie, has magical powers and is being recruited from magicians everywhere, including the deadly Obsidian circle, now run by Gerald. Mae once again enlists the help of of brothers Nick and Alan, who are entangled in their fair share of dangerous magical dealings themselves. If you had not read the first one yet, I suggest not reading the rest of the review, as it is impossible to discuss this one without mentioning some major plot twists of the first book.
It took me forever to get into this book. It took me five days just to get through the first half (which is incredibly slow for me). But just around the halfway point, I sat down to read it for more than five minutes at a time and actually got sucked in. I'm not a big fan of the writing, I think that's it. It's in a limited 3rd person POV, which is a little strange. I'm spoiled with first person. I also don't like Mae too much.
Come to think of it, I like hardly any of the characters. Nick is an ass (albeit a hot one), Jamie's out-of-place flamboyancies can get annoying, and Mae is just frustrating. I like Alan though. He's sexy in a smart, nerdy, one-step-ahead-of-you way. But I'm glad the book isn't in his perspective or else I wouldn't get the joy of his deceptions and motives being revealed. I'm not really attached to any of the characters. I feel distanced from all of them, despite the fact that Nick and Mae have narrated. If they died, I would just shrug my shoulders. I do like how Brennan seems intent on sticking with her characterizations of the first book. Nick's a demon, incapable of human emotion, and goddammit he will stay that way. Romantic touchy-feelyness be damned.
This book is a helluva a lot more complex than the first one, especially with the characters and their romances. I nearly drew myself a chart. Everyone is in love with the wrong person (except Nick who can't love anybody) and it turned out to be nearly Shakespearean in proportions. Everyone also had their own motives and plans. I didn't know where to look or who to trust.
Perhaps my weak mind finds this series kind of overwhelming, but I just don't understand the magic system. I mean, I get it, but not really. I'm confused as to where a magician's power ends and a demon's power begins. How is it that Jamie can wield magic if he's never made an offering to a demon? Does the magic ever run out? Where do the demons go? How do people get to know about the magical universe if they are not magicians, messengers, or demons? Are those the only magical beings? I just don't understand. I also could not understand the action sequences for the life of me. I was all "Wicka wicka what?" And all the *ahem* witty dialogue coming from the peanut gallery was a little distracting.
Overall, I do kind of like this series. It's not bad, but not a favorite of mine. I definitely will continue on to the next installment. But if you absolutely despised the first installment, I doubt it'll get much better for you. If you did like first one, but largely because of *sarcastic swoon* Nick, then you probably won't like this one as much as you have less of him and more of our pink-haired heroine.
I think this one might be my favorite in the series so far. It just seemed more suspenseful and "action packed" than the other ones. Despite the many...moreI think this one might be my favorite in the series so far. It just seemed more suspenseful and "action packed" than the other ones. Despite the many annoyances, I couldn't put this book down.
As for the identity of A and Ali's (supposed) killer, I would like to be all smart and say I knew who they were all along, but I honestly didn't. There were enough red herrings along the way that had me guessing the whole way.
But as for the girls, I just can't get over their life styles. I find the books unrelatable with all the brand name-dropping, and discussions of summer homes, and tennis courts, and country clubs. Sometimes it just gets ridiculous.
But I'm a bit concerned with how Shepard will write the other ones. I understand there is a new A, but isn't that kind of redundant? Wasn't the whole point of the books to find out who A and Ali's killer are? Now that we've done that, shouldn't they be over? If she wanted to, she could have easily tied up all the loose ends in this one. I just don't want to start all over again.
I'm honestly surprised that I don't hate this book. I was expecting too, since I don't like Twilight in the least. It turns out I can tolerate Stephen...moreI'm honestly surprised that I don't hate this book. I was expecting too, since I don't like Twilight in the least. It turns out I can tolerate Stephenie's writing when it is in small installments and not so sappy.
I'm sad for Bree, Diego, and Fred. I wished things turned out better for them, even though I knew that wasn't going to happen.
It was short and sweet, and I don't regret reading it. (less)
I liked this one considerably less than the first for a variety of reasons. It just didn't (pardon the pun) have the magic of the first.
I preferred t...moreI liked this one considerably less than the first for a variety of reasons. It just didn't (pardon the pun) have the magic of the first.
I preferred the story when there was less fantasy aspects, and it was mainly just a survival story. Now it is your typical I'm-so-special-because-I-gots-magic story. That just seems, I don't know, so conforming.
I also found the plot tedious. How many times can Yelena get captured and rescued? Apparently every flippin' times she goes outside.
And I hated everyone's attitude towards Yelena. They were either in lurvvvve with her or wanted to kill her. Quite extreme.
There were also useless characters and events that happened just to fill the pages. They had no significance on the plot or outcome of the book whatsoever.
Most of all, I hated what happened to Valek. Don't worry, people who haven't read this book yet, Valek is physically fine, if you don't count being whipped. I miss the old sexy mysterious Valek, the one who always had ulterior motives and something up his sleeve. I liked how his and Yelena's relationship developed in the first book. But now, I kind of wished that never happened. Valek is a changed man, and a boring one at that. We see him hardly at all in this book, and the times we do, him and Yelena are either jumping into bed or he is rescuing her one the many times she needs to be rescued. Yelena just tells him to do something and he does it. No mystery. And if I hear (or read) him say "My love" one more time, I will find him and punch him in the face. Yeah, I think I can take him.
Overall, I guess I liked it. It did get pretty annoying though. Hopefully, the third one will redeem it. (less)