The Demon’s Lexicon

by Sarah Rees Brennan

Review by KM

I spent this week rereading some of my favorite books. It’s not a luxury I typically get. Just trying to stay on top of the new releases and generate ideas for YA programming at the library is tough, so this week was just wonderful. 

I noticed a horrifying gap in my YA section that needs to be rectified immediately. We’re missing Sarah Rees Brennan’s The Demon’s Lexicon series. How wrong is that? I feel like I’m committing a heinous act. These three books need to be available at my library (for those in town who want to get ’em out this week or they don’t have them at your local library? Ask about interlibrary loans. They’re fantastic and should be used often.)

Alright, I’m going to save my gushing for the musings section. Be prepared.


Sixteen-year-old Nick and his brother, Alan, are always ready to run. Their father is dead, and their mother is crazy—she screams if Nick gets near her. She’s no help in protecting any of them from the deadly magicians who use demons to work their magic. The magicians want a charm that Nick’s mother stole—and they want it badly enough to kill. Alan is Nick’s partner in demon slaying and the only person he trusts in the world. So things get very scary and very complicated when Nick begins to suspect that everything Alan has told him about their father, their mother, their past, and what they are doing is a complete lie.


My warning didn’t put you off. I’m glad.

*takes a deep breath and gets ready to explode her love all over the place*

This book is everything I love about Urban Fantasy. The lore is magnificent and the characters are even better. There is a constant struggle on Twitter between my friends and I on whether we’re Nick-girls or Alan-girls. (I am, by far, a Nick girl. Which is amusing because I think my boyfriend is probably more like Alan.)

But the best part isn’t the demons or the magicians or the curvy pink-haired girls. The best part is the dialogue. SRB characters just have this snarkiness that makes me want to tattoo the quotes to my body and wish I was cool enough to use them in real life. Especially Nick’s. In fact, if I could be a character, it would be Nick. Can I just be Nick? Please, Sarah?

Now, I hesitate to bring this up because I know how irritated I get when people insinuate that this book stole some plot from a certain tv show. What I’m saying here is: The Demon’s Lexicon isn’t a rip off from Supernatural, but I think a LOT of Supernatural fans would love to read this book. They share a lot of awesome elements (the same way that Grey’s Anatomy shares a lot with ER. Same genre, neither being a rip off).

While I work on getting the trilogy into my library, you guys should work on getting it into your hands or onto your eReaders. Don’t miss out; it’s fantastic.

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