29 August 2015

Demon Road - Review

Demon Road #1
by Derek Landy

What they say: Full of Landy’s trademark wit, action and razor sharp dialogue, DEMON ROAD kicks off with a shocking opener and never lets up the pace in an epic road-trip across the supernatural landscape of America. Killer cars, vampires, undead serial killers: they’re all here. And the demons? Well, that’s where Amber comes in...Sixteen years old, smart and spirited, she’s just a normal American teenager until the lies are torn away and the demons reveal themselves.

Forced to go on the run, she hurtles from one threat to another, revealing a tapestry of terror woven into the very fabric of her life. Her only chance rests with her fellow travellers, who are not at all what they appear to be…

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Released 28th Aug by Harper Collins Children's

Buy links:
Amazon * Amazon UK

I received a copy in exchange for an honest review!

What I say: I'm going to try to keep this review from being a Skulduggery Pleasant comparison, but I will point out that Demon Road could only have been written by Derek Landy. It's full of sass, humour, drama, action and fab one-liners.

Onto the book itself: What I particularly appreciated was the lack of a long drawn out introduction. Although I am a fan of description, I felt as though the story didn't need too much detail before getting to grips with Amber's story - we get it along the way. Most people get a party for for their sixteenth birthday, but Amber gets a shock. She discovers that she's actually a demon and her parents want to EAT HER! The narrative follows Amber as she goes on the run with her protector Milo.

I liked Amber and definitely found her entertaining. I laughed at her 'shifting' issues. Milo reminded me of a certain Skulduggery and I'd like to see more of him. I wasn't the biggest fan of Glen. I initially found him annoying and he often confused me. I did soften towards him at times but he didn't completely win me over. Amber's parents were far more entertaining than I had expected.

There is a lot of action, fighting and dark humour. Certain parts may be a bit of a shock for younger readers but I liked the fights and slightly grim topics.

I decided to read Demon Road because I love the Skulduggery Pleasant series and also because I read a sampler chapter at YALC earlier this year. Along with the sampler chapter, I also received a Demon Road map and other goodies which definitely helped visualise their journey - But you honestly don't need it to get engrossed in Amber's world. I enjoyed the story and laughed along at their antics.

4 Stars in my Sky!


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