The Demon's Lexicon (Demon's Lexicon Series #1)

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Nick’s family has been on the run from magicians his whole life. His father is dead, and his insane mother hates him—she starts screaming if he touches her. After Nick’s protective older brother is marked with a demon sign that means death, danger is unavoidable. The only way to erase the sign is to kill a magician.

As Nick and his brother play a deadly cat and mouse game with the magicians, Nick begins to suspect that everything his brother has told him about their past is a ...

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Nick’s family has been on the run from magicians his whole life. His father is dead, and his insane mother hates him—she starts screaming if he touches her. After Nick’s protective older brother is marked with a demon sign that means death, danger is unavoidable. The only way to erase the sign is to kill a magician.

As Nick and his brother play a deadly cat and mouse game with the magicians, Nick begins to suspect that everything his brother has told him about their past is a pack of lies. Not knowing whom to trust or where to turn, he walks into a trap—and a startling revelation that changes everything he’s ever believed.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jamie Hain
Nick, his brother Alan, and their recluse mother have been on the run from the magicians for years, ever since their father died saving them from those same magicians. Now, Alan has been marked by a demon and the only way to remove it and save Alan is to seek out the very magicians that they have been hiding from for so long. Along the way they meet Mae and Jamie, two fellow teens also hunted by the magicians and the demons that they control. The four friends' journey is full of twists and turns as they travel from a small English village, to the secretive torch lit Goblin Market, to the streets of London, in search of answers. Emotions run high as they struggle to survive in a world where the difference between good and evil is increasingly blurred, intentions are not always pure, and the discovery of dark secrets threaten to tear apart siblings and budding romances as they prepare to face the biggest danger of their life. Action packed fight sequences featuring magic as well as sword and gunplay draw the reader in and the supernatural world full of charms, dancing, and demon summoning keep the reader hooked in this modern urban fantasy. Reviewer: Jamie Hain
Melanie Hundley
Nick and his older brother Alan are demon slayers; they use swords and magic to fight evil and protect their mother, a witch driven mad by magicians. The three of them are constantly on the move as they hunt and are hunted by demons and magicians. Though troubled by his feelings toward his mother, Nick has no doubt about the love and loyalty he feels toward his brother Alan. A brother and sister arrive needing protection from a demon, and Nick and Alan are forced to make difficult and dangerous choices in order to protect them. As they search for the demon attacking the brother and sister, Nick finds out that his beloved brother has been lying to him about their family's past. The circle of magicians closes in on the two sets of siblings, the danger intensifies, and Nick uncovers a secret that could cost them all their lives. Reviewer: Melanie Hundley
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up–In this riveting debut novel, 16-year-old Nick and his older brother, Alan, are accustomed to life on the run. Since their father was murdered, the boys have been forced to slay demons set on them by magicians seeking the powerful charm stolen by the boys’ mother. Nick is furious when Alan receives a “first-tier” demon mark while saving a neighborhood boy. While seeking to remove it, Nick begins to suspect that his brother is lying to him about the reason for the magicians’ attempts to kill them and about why their mother screams whenever Nick touches her. Fans of the Supernatural television series will be hooked from the novel’s opening lines (“The pipe under the sink was leaking again. It wouldn’t have been so bad, except that Nick kept his favorite sword under the sink.”). Even teens who don’t consider themselves genre buffs will appreciate the solid writing, fast-paced plot, and sense of authenticity that Brennan gives to the shadowy world between ordinary, modern-day London and the otherworld of demons and magicians. Though Nick and Alan’s story is mostly resolved with Nick discovering the truth behind his father’s death and his mother’s fear of him, readers will no doubt clamor for the next book in this planned urban fantasy trilogy.–Leah J. Sparks, formerly at Bowie Public Library, MD
Kirkus Reviews
A fresh voice dancing between wicked humor and crepuscular sumptuousness invigorates this urban fantasy. Askew of everyday England there lies a darker world, where power-hungry magicians sacrifice innocents to demons and their victims peddle protection with like ruthlessness. Nick Ryves has spent all of his 16 years therein, perpetually on the run, his father murdered, his mother driven mad, his crippled older brother the only person he can trust. When two desperate teens seek out their aid, he will find the last few certainties of his life stripped away. Nick is an astonishing protagonist: vicious, deadly, callous, nearly feral, all but consumed with rage, yet rendered irresistibly attractive by his mordant wit, his clear-eyed recognition of his flaws and his terrified bafflement at his own fleeting moments of tenderness. Every character hides secrets, every conversation hints at double and triple meanings. From the pitch-perfect opening paragraph to the heartbreaking final pages, the narrative peels back layers of revelation, deftly ratcheting up the tension and horror to a series of shattering climaxes. The conclusion, while utterly satisfying, also leaves room for the story to continue. Delicious. (Fantasy. YA)
From the Publisher
"The Demon's Lexicon is full of shimmery marvels and bountiful thunder."
— Scott Westerfeld
VOYA - Bonnie Kunzel
This debut urban fantasy, set in an England where magic is real, the first entry in The Demon's Lexicon Trilogy, starts with a bang. One minute Nick is fixing the sink in the kitchen while his older brother cooks. The next minute the two are fighting for their lives, Nick with a sword and Alan with a gun, against an unkindness of ravens and a powerful magician. Killing the magician stops the attack, but it is a temporary respite. The two teens are demon slayers, in hiding to protect their ailing mother, an escaped magician. Now that Black Arthur has found them, flight is their only hope; however, before they can flee, a teenage girl asks for their help. Her younger brother has a three-tiered demon mark, a sentence of death, unless it can be removed. Nick's priority is to protect his brother, who has looked after him since their father was killed by demons. But Alan decides to share the demon marks, leaving Nick no choice but to find the magicians responsible. Until then, Mae and Jamie will have to flee and fight beside them. Nonstop action, nail-biting suspense, clever repartee, and a knockout secret involving the two brothers will keep readers on the edges of their seats. There is resolution at the end, but it is just the first stage of the battle. More dangerous challenges await these two intrepid fighters in The Demon's Covenant (Forthcoming May, 2010). Fans of the paranormal and the Supernatural television series are going to enjoy the adventures of these demon-fighting brothers, but so will aficionados of sharp writing, complex characters, fast-paced plots, teen angst, and the struggle between good and evil. Reviewer: Bonnie Kunzel
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416963806
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
  • Publication date: 4/27/2010
  • Series: Demon's Lexicon Series , #1
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 322
  • Sales rank: 238,102
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: HL830L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Sarah Rees Brennan is the author of the critically acclaimed Unspoken. The first book of her Demon’s Lexicon series received three starred reviews and was an ALA Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults. Unspoken and Team Human, a novel cowritten with Justine Larbalestier, were YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults picks and TAYSHAS picks. Visit her at

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  • Posted May 13, 2009

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    Buy This Book!

    Something wicked this way comes, indeed- Sarah Rees Brennan's debut about two brothers on the run from demon-leashing magicians is wicked in every way: wickedly smart, wickedly sharp, wickedly funny, and wickedly dark.

    I devoured every page of this book in a single night, and I've read it several times since. Rees Brennan's Ryves brothers are unmistakably unique- and it's hard to choose between Nick, the sword-swinging pragmatic, or Alan, the gun-toting bibliophile- they're both that compelling.

    And unlike many urban fantasy or specfic novels, Rees Brennan doesn't skip on character development. Mae could be lazily called the love interest, but she's a complete person unto herself, beautifully developed and interesting in her own right aside from any of the boys.

    This book was a rollicking, frightening, breathlessly delicious adventure and the only thing it left me wanting was the sequel.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 18, 2010

    Great start for a new author, loved the book!

    A great plot, probably the most surprising ending that I have come upon this year. I loved the complexity of all character relationships - nothing is normal is this book.
    Awesome read!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 7, 2010

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    The Demon's Lexicon-Best Book I ever read!

    "Let's examine the events of the past twenty-four hours in Exeter. Raven's in the kitchen, snakes in the living room, demon marks on you, magicians sending us stupid messages, and at the end of it all you got the boy's telephone number."
    This Book is an outstanding read that is #1 on my book list! If you like suspense, action-packed, adventurous, & a little bit of romance, you'll find it right here, in The Demon's Lexicon- Book of the Century(to me anyways)! This is a Recommended Read! No, forget that! This is a Must Read! This book is Unforgettable and better than any other book I have ever read!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2009

    This book is awesome!

    I don't want to say too much and spoil anything, but wow, Rees Brennan's characters are so vividly alive and complex and interesting that you can't imagine putting The Demon's Lexicon down. It makes you feel like this strange dark world of magicians and demons could be lurking around any corner. Be prepared for some great comic relief as well; trust me it works.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 20, 2009

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    Nick and his brother, Alan, have been on the run for Nick's entire life - and when they're not running, they're fighting the vicious magicians pursuing their mother and the powerful charm she stole. Magicians who trade lives for power. Who killed their father and left Alan with a permanent limp. And who show up yet again as soon as Nick has started to get comfortable in their new home.

    This time, everything's different. A demon marks Alan, and Nick can't rest until he knows his brother is safe. Especially after one of the most powerful magician's circles delivers a warning that leaves Alan more shaken than Nick's ever seen. But the harder Nick tries to protect him, the more he realizes how many secrets Alan's been keeping from him.

    No longer able to trust the one person he thought he could count on, Nick sets out to find the truth.

    Unfortunately, this truth is more dangerous than most...

    THE DEMON'S LEXICON is a dark, fast-paced story filled with equal parts of action and emotion - and incredibly difficult to put down once you've started. The narration, from Nick's point of view, is stark but comes with plenty of biting humor.

    All of the characters have more to them than it appears at first glance, and it's easy to believe the vivid world of magicians and the Goblin's Market could truly exist amidst our own. The many twists will keep readers guessing and glued to the page, but ultimately the story rests on Nick and Alan and the intense yet tenuous bond between them. It's this relationship that gives the novel its heart, and raises it above the many other paranormal and urban fantasy offerings hitting the shelves.

    Highly recommended to all!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2009

    Amazing book

    Can't say more and spoil until it's released. But go buy it, you won't regret it!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2014

    This series is a series for creative minds.

    This series is a series for creative minds.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2013

    awesome characters!!!

    I love this book. the characters were well written and the plot interesting. i was able to see the plot twist coming but i can with most books these days, it comes from reading so often.

    if you like books about supernatural teenagers doing dangerous things with an uncaring male lead who kicks ass. then this book is for you. if that is not your cup of tea then you might like it for the action scenes, the character development and growth, or for the philosophical questions posed in this what if scenario.

    "A 2010 ALA Top Ten Best Book"

    I approve this book!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2012

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    If you are ready to read a book you can''t put down, this is it!

    If you are ready to read a book you can''t put down, this is it! I loved the characters and enjoyed a few twists that I wasn't expecting, but that made perfect sense once I finished.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2012

    Pet room

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  • Posted July 7, 2012

    Loved It! If you like Jace and Will from Cassandra Clare&rsquo

    Loved It!

    If you like Jace and Will from Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices, then you are going to love Nick Ryves personality. You have this 16 year old boy who appears to have this massive chip on his shoulder. He is dark and broody and a bit of a smart arse, I love him already. Team Nick.

    “Oh really,” she said, her voice amused and incredulous. “A complete innocent, are you?”
    “Definitely,” Nick assured her, letting his voice slide low. “You can try corrupting me if you like.”
    Mae dimpled . “It’s no fun if you’re asking for it.”
    “No, no,” Nick drawled. “Release me, you monster. Your wicked ways shock me to my soul. And yet I find you strangely attractive.”

    “I’d hate for you to get the wrong idea about me,” he said. “Under normal circumstances , I swear , I would have copped a feel.”

    Nick and Alan Ryves are kinda your Winchester brothers, Sam and Dean from The Supernatural, but not. They work together bringing Demons down , killing Magicians, the way they know how, and along the way they have to help rescue each other from being marked. I really liked this whole tier of being marked, very clever. Once a demon possesses you, your life is pretty cactus.

    Magicians can call demons into our world and in exchange they get their power.

    “Magicians give victims to demons, which means that demons will give them anything they want.”

    Nice trade, but also a very dangerous trade for magicians to use this power. Nothing good can come of it. Black Arthur is one Magician not doing any good with this power.

    Mae and her brother Jamie Crawford, are great sub characters. Jamie has some great dialogue, he is a minnie smart mouth himself.

    “Well , if the knives go in the cornflakes, do the guns go in the raisin bran? I just wanted to know if there’s some kind of system I should look out for.”

    Mae is the girl we think Alan likes, but does Nick like Mae? Does Mae like Nick?

    Nick and Alan’s mum is a mystery. Alan is very good to her, but Nick doesn’t go near her and vice versa, very odd. Poor mum is a tad insane.

    Nick’s character is somebody you don’t understand , but you know there are layers waiting to be peeled back. You can’t help loving the moody bugger and feeling a sadness that you don't quite understand , for him. He is only young but he is very mature, yet a smart ass and a moody bugger. You feel he has a lot of weight on his shoulders. Yet at the same time you find yourself trying to pick what is driving his personality.

    Alan is the glasses wearing, gun toting, nice brother who has a few secrets of his own he is trying to keep a secret.

    We have a great SBS = Smexi Bannister Scene. I loved the Goblin Market and the ‘dancing’ scene Nick did.

    Now don’t get me wrong, this book is nothing like Cassandra Clare’s tales, it has its own brand of originality and snark .

    This was a most awesome read , I just loved it and am straight on to The Demon’s Covenant. Fast paced, the twists were WOW! the end of the book blind sided me, hooray! I love a good blind side. I actually had a couple bombshells dropped on me, awesome!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 9, 2012

    great book! i want the second one already

    great book! i want the second one already

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  • Posted February 27, 2012

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    Nick Ryves has a lot of things to worry about. Usually a leaky pipe wouldn't register as even a minor priority. Except that he also keeps his favorite sword under the sink. Dodgy houses and leaky pipes are nothing new for Nick and his brother Alan. After all, who has time for home improvement when you're on the run from evil magicians and the demons who give them power?

    After years of running across England, the magicians are finally closing in on Nick and Alan in The Demon's Lexicon(2009) by Sarah Rees Brennan. The solution should be simple. The Ryves know exactly what the magicians want. But the stolen charm is also the only thing keeping their mother alive.

    Nick is furious when Alan decides to help a hapless brother and sister who stumble into their lives. Don't they have enough problems? But Alan is family, and even if Nick doesn't know much about feelings or bonding, he knows family matters.

    The only problem is that the more Nick learns about his past and the closer they come to the magicians, the more obvious it is that Alan has been lying to him. Nick is determined to stop the magicians and uncover the truth . . . even if it means nothing will ever be the same.

    Brennan herself has said (on twitter) that she doesn't much like the television series Supernatural. Still, comparisons between it and her debut novel are inevitable because, well, they're really similar. That said, the entire vibe of The Demon's Lexicon is sufficiently different from Supernatural that it won't seem too familiar to fans of the TV show nor will it lack appeal for those who don't appreciate the series.

    Unsurprisingly, the story is filled to the brim with action and battles and, of course, magic. Happily, and less expected, was the humor that Brennan has added to the story. Nick is ruthless and he doesn't understand other people at all. But he is very funny--as is Alan. The nice thing about the added humor is that it gives both of the Ryves brothers that little extra dimension that makes them feel like real people instead of scary thugs.

    The writing itself is filled with similar contrasts for added complexity. Aside from being a really fun and exciting book, The Demon's Lexicon is a great book about family and what love really means because, really, it can mean a lot of different things for different people. It's also a book that will have wide appeal because it is widely awesome (and the first part in a trilogy that will continue in The Demon's Talisman).

    Possible Pairings: Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer, Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba, Supernatural (television series), The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud

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  • Posted September 15, 2011

    The Demon's Lexicon

    Title: The Demon's Lexicon
    Author: Sarah Rees Brennan
    Genre: YA Paranormal
    Publishing Information: 336 pages; June 2nd, 2009 by Margaret K. McElderry
    Series: The Demon's Lexicon #1

    Where I got it: Borders liquidation sale

    One sentence: Brothers Nick and Alan Ryves have always been on the run from the magicians and the demons who give them their power, until a brother and sister come to the Ryves for help and drag them deeper into a game of cat and mouse and secrets that could change Nick's life.

    Themes: Fantasy, demons, magicians, magic, siblings, paranormal

    Main character: 4/5
    I'll admit I was not enamored with either Nick or Alan at the outset of the novel, however as often happens, they grew on me. Nick is literally a sociopath, which is so different from anything I've ever read! A foil for Nick, Alan seemed like a pushover for most of the novel; however he definitely appeared in a different light at the end. The brothers' development created well-rounded, fascinating characters that I was emotionally invested in.

    Secondary characters: 4/5
    Brennan excelled at expert characterizations in even the most minor characters. Jamie and Mae were thoroughly written, full of twists, surprises and quirks. I found them to be slightly clingy and dependent in the first half, but again, they came into their own in the second part of the novel. Even Nick and Alan's mom is illustrated perfectly, despite her minimal appearance.

    Writing style: 3/5
    The writing started out slow and awkward, but picked up speed until the second half of the novel was nearly break-neck speed, making it impossible to put down. The action was intense and suspenseful, but was balanced out well with sometimes-over-the-top description. The foreshadowing was basically nonexistent.

    Plot: 4/5
    The world building was astounding- from the demons and magicians and the rules that govern their magic to the Goblin Market. What a treat to read! The plot was interesting and kept me engrossed in the tale of Nick and Alan. And that plot twist! Wow! I never really saw that one coming, but it definitely took the novel to a higher level.

    Ending: 4.5/5
    That plot twist definitely made the ending something to remember. There were so many possibilities and ways that Brennan could have ended the novel, but the myriad of twists and turns revealed more about the characters and made everything all the more richer.

    Best scene: The end!

    Positives: Interesting and unique characters, world building, PLOT TWISTS

    Negatives: Slow introduction, just okay writing style

    First Line: The pipe under the sink was leaking again.

    Cover: A little tacky, but definitely intriguing.

    Verdict: A fun demon read with world-building and twists that take it to the next level.

    Rating: 7.8 / 10

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  • Posted July 11, 2011

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    The Start to One of my All Time Favorite Series

    4.5 Stars
    I just want to start off by saying that this book is the first book in one of my favorite series. Seriously. You do not want to know how many times I have read this book (It's a lot). I first read this book way back in June of 2009 when it was a featured book on PulseIT. I remember reading it in one sitting and staying up way to late for a school night. Every time I go back and read it, it becomes better and better. Let me start off by talking about the characters. I love every single character in this book well except for the bad guys. I'm just gonna go through the characters in this book and just rattle off some of my favorite things about them. Nick Ryves: dark, brooding, sexy and deadly. That basically sums him up in a nutshell. Also, he makes me laugh, a lot. He's got a lot of great one liners. Alan Ryves: Oh Alan. *sigh* Alan is Nick's older brother. He's is geeky, but extremely caring. He has this endearing characteristic. He also is not all he appears to be. Mae Crawford: HANDS DOWN MY FAVORITE CHARACTER! I am Team MAE! She has pink hair, is spunky and feisty and will do anything to save her brother. Plus she is just awesome. Jamie Crawford: Mae's little brother. Jamie is also pretty awesome. I should just be on team Crawford, cause I love Jamie too, even though Jamie is gay. Jamie is the most vulnerable character I would say, but he is also pretty funny. Nick and his unlikely friendship is also one of my favorite parts of this book. Sin: You just sort of meet Sin in this book, butt still you learn a bit about her, like she dances at the Goblin Market and is the one who will eventually take it over. And she's also pretty awesome. So that's my take on the characters in this book. Bascially they are all awesome. They are each their own person too. The character in this book come alive off the page. This book series reminds me of a British version of the television show Supernatural. It is just as awesome as well. There is a lot of butt kicking of warlocks and demons and such. And there are two brothers who fight these bad things. Its amazing. So I want to talk about how this book's twist completely left me blindsided. I have to say, this was probably one of the first books I had ever read where I was completely AWESTRUCK by the twist at the end. I had no idea it was coming. First time I read the book I remember sitting there thinking "No, no, no. That cannot be true. That cannot happen." But alas, it did. Bravo to Sarah Rees Brennan for an amazing twist that completely took me by surprise. Literally, I had no clue. However, upon going back and reading the book, you see little hints and little clues that are super obvious once you know the twist. And I love that.

    Besides being awesome, this book is also really humorous. Sarah Rees Brennan has a great balance of seriousness with humor. Seriously, I giggle a lot when I read this book. But also, there are some really serious parts that are written extremely well. Also, Sarah Rees Brennan is and evil genius. I swear she takes pleasure out of torturing her characters, and this is just the beginning. And I mean that in the nicest way possible. You learn that when things in this series seem good, something bad is gonna happen. And it makes you gasp and kind of freak out and yell with your fist shaking "Curses Sarah Rees Breenan!" Or at least this book does that to me. Basically, this book is just awesome. It's a great first book in a series that really g

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  • Posted April 27, 2011

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    Good book!

    I am so happy (dances around) that I had a chance to read this book. I loved Nick. His sarcasm had me laughing a lot. The whole plot of this book is great! I loved the whole witches, warlocks and demon fighting. Demon fighting rocks! Nick and his brother Alan kick butt at what they do!

    The plot is what instantly grabbed me. I enjoyed all the sword fighting, kick butt, demon killing action. Alan is a great older brother who took care of his brother and mother. Nick and Alan both are on the move in order to avoid meeting up with demons who want their mothers charm.

    Now I love secrets. And the secrets revealed in this book were absolutely yummy! I was shocked to find out but it also made sensed when I thought back in the things in the book. But shocked I was. I felt for them and the secret they were harboring. I can only hope that in the next book they will fight till the very end. My only gripe was the pace of the story. I really wanted just to dive in but it sort of held back a bit.

    The Demon's Lexicon is dark, adventurous read that had a secret like no other. It held me from the first page and I love it. I can't wait to read the second book!

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  • Posted June 19, 2010

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    The story-line of this book drew me in because it seemed different than any of the other magic-type of books I have read before, and it was different and intriguing. The whole book was edgy, dark, sometimes humorous, and scary. The relationsip between Alan and Nick was so complex and intense, it was sometimes hard to understand. Overall, I thought this book was very interesting. I can't say that I loved the book, to me it was good, not anything great (although the writing was pretty amazing). I think the book was a bit too dark for me, but for anyone else who loves dark fantasies, full of mystery and magic this is a book for them.

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  • Posted May 27, 2010

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    Everytime I pick this book up to read, its like I'm reading it for the first time, every time. It has really become one of my favorite books, if not the favorite book. I am currently reading the sequel and it is just as amazing. I love the characters and the story line. Sarah Rees Brennan could not have written a more perfect story. Can't wait for part 3!

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  • Posted April 7, 2010

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    Action Packed Urban Fantasy

    Written in 3rd person narrative but has the feeling of a first person narrative as it is mainly focalized from Nick's point of view.
    Really interesting and well developed plot. Clever plot teasers are placed throughout the story, although there is a major plot twist it does not come as a complete shock, all the indicators are there for you to pick up on.
    Fabulous Gothic imagery entwined with modern appliances/architecture. Very easy to have the movie version playing in your imagination while you read this. The snake imagery at the beginning made me cringe (how I hate snakes!). The description of the shadows brought to mind those in Fallen.
    I found it rather a strange coincidence that this book as well as Heavenly both state the evils of alcohol and how due to the lowering of inhibitions it is easier for evil to take hold and consume. The idea of being branded for demon possession is truly frightening, I did find it hard to believe that anyone would be stupid enough to let a demon into their bedroom in the middle of the night. The saying 'nothing is what it seems' kept running through my mind.
    The theme of nature versus nurture throughout the plot is similar to that running through Beastly but this takes it to a whole new dimension. The ending was surprisingly touching and tender.
    An action packed debut novel for urban fantasy fans. I think Sarah Rees Brennan is one to look out for in the future ;)

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  • Posted March 30, 2010

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    Creative and Captivating

    I couldn't put this book down! It's a growing up story, a story of finding yourself, yet in a brand new way that is totally original. The reader learns as Nick learns, and feels his pain and suffering. They feel his alienation from the human race, but his personality is so gripping that they don't feel pity for him for fear that he'd react unfavorably to that. His ironic remarks towards himself reminds me a lot of Jace from Cassandra Clare's "Mortal Instruments" series. He mocks himself while mocking others. He has trouble getting along with others, but once he becomes friendly with a person, he would go to the ends of the Earth (or to the Demon World) to keep them safe. This book makes me reevaluate what human is, exactly. Nick isn't human, but are the magicians anymore human than he is?

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