I first read a Sarah Rees Brennan book with a good deal of trepidation, because it’s titled The Demon’s Lexicon and I Don’t Do Books about demons. But I had heard really good things about this one, and I thought I should at least try. And then it turned out to be completely and totally awesome and I became an SRB fangirl for life.* Her stories are all different, but they have threads in common–strong characters, friendship, family. Love is important, but it can’t always save you. Magic is beautiful, but it’s also deadly. Power is a weapon that will turn on you if you don’t wield it carefully. I have rarely found another author who manages to write such perfect, terrible, heartbreaking things. My heart is always wary when I read something new because I know that somehow it is going to be crushed–and I’ll love it.
(Also she came to Indianapolis and I met her and she was awesome!)
* Yes, this is a terrible reference. Sorry not sorry.
All of my Sarah Rees Brennan reviews:
The Demon’s Lexicon, briefly (2010)
The Demon’s Covenant (2010) and again, briefly (2010)
The Demon’s Surrender (2011)
All three DL books at once, briefly (2012)
Untold, briefly (2013)
(Plus some short story reviews, collected in this tag.)