The Demon’s Lexicon, by Sarah Rees Brennan (McElderry Books, 2009)

Brothers Nick and Alan have been fighting magicians and demons all their lives, one step ahead of the forces intent on killing or exploiting them, all thanks to the magical talisman keeping their insane mother alive. It gets decidedly more complicated when they’re approached by a pair of teenagers in need of their help in escaping the certain death of a demon mark. When Alan is marked as well, Nick is forced to go to extraordinary lengths to protect the only person he’s ever cared for, in the process discovering their family’s deepest darkest secrets and confronting his own inner demons. The writing and tone are as sharp as a sword’s edge in this darkly exciting adventure, sure to appeal to fans of Supernatural or Buffy.

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