Okay, so, um, WOW. HOW DO I TALK ABOUT THIS INCREDIBLE BOOK?!! I love Derek Landy, I totally do (although I admit to being a wimp and haven’t finished the last few Skulduggery Pleasant books because paaaaain) and everything that makes Derek Landy a phenomenal author was in Demon Road in abundance. It was Landyish brilliance. I AM SO HAPPY.
- snortingly good humour
- minimal romance (not that romance is bad!! But I enjoy an adventure without it)
- blood everywhere oh oh it’s violent and scary
- so much banter and witty dialogue
- fast moving wickedly captivating action scenes.
Plus you know the TV show, Supernatural? That I am a massive and wild and unabashed fan of? WELL. This totally reminded me of it!
OH OH. DID I MENTION THERE IS A FREAKISHLY AWESOME CAR? Like really awesome. It even eats people. So much love for the car.
I really only have TWO negatives. Because I am a picky prune.
- The character dynamics are, um….like rereading Skulduggery Pleasant. I’M SORRY. I am not accusing the author of not being able to write “new” characters. I think most of it was fresh, but at the end of the day we had Milo (kinda a Skulduggery figure) and Amber (basically Valkyrie) and then the doofus Glen (basically Fletcher). SO YEAH. #awkward
- It was too long. Maybe this is just me? But they went on so many unnecessary detours and I just wanted to get to the point!
BUT LET’S TALK ABOUT ALL THE AMAZINGNESS. OKAY? OKAY!! So firstly, the premise is epic.
Amber is forced on a roadtrip because her parents are trying to kill her. (Family. They love ya, but they also want to eat ya.) Turns out they’re demons and she’s a demon — although excuse the cliche of hey-darl-you’re-sixteen-and-now-a-demon! It kinda shakes things up with her parents wanting to, um, eat her. SO! That’s exciting!
Amber goes on the run with Milo (he’s in his 40s) and they’re going to track down a dude to offer up to the Big Evil Father Demon in order to get Amber’s parents to desist in trying to eat/kill her. Along the way they pick up Glen, who is an idiot, and almost always nearly dying. He’s adorable. But such an idiot.
“We all go through tough times.”
“My parents are trying to kill me.”
“We all have issues.”
And while I’m nattering on about characters, let’s just have a bit more details, right?! Because good characters are the best.
- AMBER: OH AMBER AMBER HOW I LOVE AMBER. She’s not your “typical” YA heroine. She’s not skinny and she’s and awkward and makes bad decisions and occasionally kills people. She lurks in a SUPER GREY AREA. I love this. I love how she’s fighting for her life and worried about killing people (well, monsters, none of them are really “people”). But she never collapses in a whingey pile. SHE DEALS. She’s sassy. She blabbers. She’s absolutely endearing. She doesn’t need to be rescued. OH. And she can shift into this skin that’s red and she has horns and razor claws and — yeah. Stuff goes down.
- MILO: AH. I love Milo also. LIKE A LOT. He’s protective and he has a LOT of secrets and he’s super nice. It could be weird and kinda creepy for a 16 year old girl and a 40 year old dude to go on a roadtrip? BUT IT’S NOT.
- GLEN: Omg, he’s such an idiot. Glen is like background noise. He’s always flapping about breaking things and trying to “fit in” and has the attention span of a gnat. He worms his way into Amber and Milo’s hearts/lives, but they both kind of just put up with him. Like a flea-bitten puppy that just won’t go home, you know?
“I…I don’t know if I’m up to this,” said Glen.
“Not on your own,” Milo said. “But with our help you can do it. We’ll make sure.”
Glen blinked. “You’d…you’d do that for me?”
Glen started to smile, then stopped. “It’s because you want me to go away, isn’t it?”
There sooo much sass and action and it’s just MIND BLOWINGLY GOOD. Like I didn’t ever want to put it down. They meet tons of weird creatures and they stab all the things and it totally resides in one big grey area. Or black area?? Like we have killers being good, and we have good people being killers. Can you kill monsters without becoming one? And Amber does A BIG BAD THING at the end that totally shocked me, because YA usually plays it so safe. So rest assured: THIS BOOK DOESN’T DALLY IN THE SAFE AREAS. I love that! I love the questions and the humour and the creepiness.
I literally have nothing to say but: GET READY TO READ THE BEST BOOK EVER. I’m pretty sure Derek Landy cannot disappoint.
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(Peoples, these quote are from the ARC, so technically I’m not supposed to quote them, but I HAVE to show you how good this book is so you know to read it, okay?!! So just be aware these quotes are not finalised.)
THANK YOU HARPERCOLLINS FOR THE ARC. Demon Road by Derek Landy is published on August 27th, 2015.
The mind-blowing new supernatural thriller from bestselling author DEREK LANDY, creator of international sensation Skulduggery Pleasant.
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…
OH! And, because HarperCollins is UTTERLY AMAZING — I’ll be interviewing Derek Landy sometime soon accompanied with an epic giveaway and just general awesomeness! Look out for it!