Not Enough Bookshelves: Countdown to Christmas No 2 – Nick and Alan

Thursday, 16 December 2010

Countdown to Christmas No 2 – Nick and Alan

Image from Weheartit
Obviously the swords and knives are concealed!

Ah Nick and Alan, those demon fighting brothers, from Sarah Rees Brennan’s marvelous The Demon’s Lexicon Trilogy. This was the pair that started the whole alternative couples thing that I mentioned. Oh, I do love those Ryves brothers.

For those who haven’t read the books Alan and Nick kind of fall into the roles of good brother/bad brother. So of course Alan is my favourite. For those who have read the books, yes I’m completely willing to overlook both brothers, ahem, flaws, large as they may be.

Although I do get swoony over both of them, it is their relationship with each other that really gets me. I haven’t loved a sibling relationship this much, since the Mitchell Brothers in Eastenders (UK soap opera). The end of The Demon’s Lexicon made me adore them and just about killed me, but it was seeing the Ryves brothers through Mae’s eyes, in The Demon’s Covenant, that sealed my love for them. Their relationship is so wonderful and complex and heartbreaking.  I cried twice during The Demon’s Covenant.

So Nick and Alan definitely deserve their place on the list. Although I have everything crossed that next year Alan will be making an appearance here with someone else!

Side Note: Mae is one of my all time favourite characters. How can you not love a girl who has pink hair, adores her brother, is independent and tough and wears t-shirts that proclaim Heathcliff had it coming. If you’re looking for a strong female lead, look no further than Mae. Plus she isn’t a slayer, witch, vampire, fairy, she can’t see dead people or read minds, no one gave her mystical powers. She’s just amazing, all on her own.


  1. oh – i haven't read this one yet – but it's been hovering there. you've pretty much sold me on it though – have bumped it up the wishlist 🙂

    i really like how different all this series is: friends, brothers, couples, and also contemp, fantasy, paranormal.


  2. you are so awesome for including these two! i love the two brothers' relationship too, and i totally can't wait for Demon's Surrender! zomg!

    also completley agree about mae, such a great character. oh my gosh… what couple is #1?!?!


  3. I really need to read this series. I have heard great things.

    Loving this countdown and can't wait to see who number 1 is 🙂


  4. Oh, I love siblings written like that. I'd heard about this, but it hadn't particularly been on by TBR list. Thanks so much for this!

    Im loving the countdown, can't wait to see how it ends!


  5. Goodness. I love every single thing Alan and Nick. Wonderful post.

    And I especially loved your Mae postscript. No super powers except for her own wit and snark indeed!


  6. Nomes – Oh I just LOVE it! I hope you do too.

    Audrey – Yay! Mae is so fab and I am seriously counting the minutes till The Demon's Surrender too!

    Nic – Oh it's so brilliant and funny and sad too. Plus Alan! and Nick!

    Amie – I hope you read it and love it too. And I'm so glad you're enjoying the countdown.

    Michelle – aren't they amazing, and yes Mae is full of awesome and snark!


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