This book really gets 4.5 stars from me--it's a fantastic book, and I really, really enjoyed it, but it's not earth-shatteringly wonderful literature.I really, really liked Nick as a character. Snarky and practical are two of my favorite character traits, so Nick was an absolute perfect fit, even if I probably would want to punch him in the face if I ever had to actually interact with him. I'm also a sucker for stories about brothers fighting evil together (the TV show Supernatural and Rob Thurman's Cal Leandros series come to mind), so it really appealed to me from that angle as well.However, I have to say I flat out hated Mae as a character. And that makes me really apprehensive about the sequel, which is apparently from Mae's perspective. I'm not sure I'll be able to bring myself to care a flying fig about what she thinks about anything. A sequel from Alan's or even Jamie's point of view would have been fine with me, but Mae? Ick.I also thought Nick was being pretty dense about things--pretty much as soon as he said that his protective amulet was painful for him but not for others, I knew what was up. And the incredibly obvious hints just kept dropping.Still, I thought the plot was original enough without being too bizarre (I appreciate the comfort of familiar story lines), Nick was a great character, and the character interactions between Nick and Alan versus Nick and everyone else were lovely. Definitely, definitely worth the read.