BOOK REVIEW // Demon Road by Derek Landy

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

The creator of the number one best selling Skulduggery Pleasant series returns with the story of a girl on the run from everything she loves... and the monsters that await her. 

For anyone who ever thought their parents were monsters… Amber Lamont is a normal sixteen-year-old. Smart but insecure, she spends most of her time online, where she can avoid her beautiful, aloof parents and their weird friends.

But when a shocking encounter reveals a horrifying secret, Amber is forced to go on the run. Killer cars, vampires, undead serial killers and red-skinned, horned demons – Amber hurtles from one threat to the next, revealing the terror woven into the very fabric of her life. As her parents close in behind her, Amber’s only chance rests with her fellow travellers, who are not at all what they appear to be…
Witty, action-packed and heart-stoppingly thrilling, Demon Road will take you on an epic road-trip across the supernatural landscape of America.

This book starts with the sentence 'twelve hours before Amber Lamont's parents tried to kill her, she was sitting between them in the principal's office', if that doesn't get you hooked I don't know what would! The book follows Amber Lamont's supernatural journey as she flees from her demon parents. On this crazy journey Amber encounters other demons, vampires, serial killers and witches. 

Amber isn't necessarily a hero, she performs heroic acts, despite this she is a demon and reveals some demonic traits. Believe it or not, there are some comedic exchanges within in the book which lighten the mood from bloody action scenes. I love comedies and horrors so I enjoyed the story. Like any book that involves a naive character, it frustrated me. It's different if her naive characteristics were likeable and added to her personality, but I didn't feel it here. Amber finds herself in many situations you'd expect a demon to get out of. The problems that arise may have been introduced in a different way, that being said, a naive character may be more relatable. I feel like this would be an enjoyable tv series, it follows the typical structure tv series tend to adopt; the main character comes across a problem, solves it, comes across another problem, solves it etc. All in all, I'd recommend this book to anyone who enjoys high action supernatural stories, or even if that's not your thing it's worth checking it out.  

Harper Collins is running a sponsored Demon Road read along with Benjamin of Tomes from YouTube on Halloween evening, if you'd like to join check out his page.

LRM

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