I just finished reading an advance copy of Sarah Rees Brennan's THE DEMON'S LEXICON. Witty, smart, emotionally wrenching, surprising. The girl knows how to tell a tale. I loved it from the first paragraph where a sword under the kitchen sink is rescued from leaky plumbing. Sarah snuck up behind me with the ending, which is totally freaky and satisfying and allows even the extremely marginalized to find hope.
I'll be in line for the sequel and this one isn't even in the stores yet! Her blog is a delight, too. Check it out -- Alert: On May 25, I removed the link to Sarah's livejournal blog because it had been hacked. She is back, thank goodness, but apparently many comments to her were lost. It is very sad. Her great personality is shining despite it and the blog is again active, sarahtales.livejournal.com.