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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks; 01 edition (25 Feb. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0008156921
  • ISBN-13: 978-0008156923
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 3.4 x 13 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
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Praise for Derek Landy:

‘Landy [has the] ability to craft an engaging story from start to finish.’ Inis

‘Derek Landy has been something of a publishing phenomenon.’ Irish Post

Praise for Demon Road:

‘An exciting new trilogy.’ The Sun

‘[I] immediately wanted to read more.’ MaximumPop!

‘With an engaging story, weird and wonderful characters and a dash of teenage angst, Demon Road is one highway you’ll want to go down.’ SciFiNow

‘Landy’s done it again.’ SFX Magazine

''Demon Road introduces you to characters you can't help but connect with on an emotional level.’ Inis

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The creator of the number one bestselling 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.

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I adore the Skulduggery Pleasant books so I immediately bought the entire Demon Road trilogy.

This book has Landy's trademark wit, fights, violence and unexpected turns but isn't a Skulduggery knock-off. Amber isn't Valkyrie and the plot is original, twisty and imaginative.

I read the book in one day, I loved it and plan to move straight on to Desolation.

And if these are your first Derek Landy books, treat yourself by reading the Skulduggery books too. They're incredible.
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Just like his other books this one ticks all the boxes you would like for a book.
A good plot, funny conversations, happy moments, sad moments, an Irish lad, this book has it all. Humor is what makes this book special, no other author has managed to capture their personality into a book like this before.
And it is one I can not wait for the next book on this series, while I do wait, I shall reread this and his other series.
I would recommend Demon Road to everyone.
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our granddaughter so happy with this
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The book was amazing, I am a huge fan of Skulduggery Pleasant and was devastated when it ended, so I heard about this new book series by Derek Landy and loved every page!!!
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Honestly, I really wouldn't bother. I love Derek Landy, but unfortunately this isn't much like his Skullduggery Pleasant series. There's no/not much humor or wit. It was disappointing to say the least. I finished it, to see where the story went. However, the main character seems to just be stupid and nothing else. A couple of things she does seem to just be to move the story on but that's it. Like I said, I wouldn't bother.
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Amber leads a dull and uninteresting life... until she grows horns, turns red, and bites a guy's finger off. From that point onwards, her life spirals out of control. Forced to go on the run from her demon parents who want to eat her, Amber goes on a wild road trip in order to find a way to stop them from their ritualistic child eating.

With a premise like that, who wouldn't want to read more?

Unfortunately, the answer is me.

The opening pages were engaging, but afterwards the madness was a bit too much. There was not much new information to absorb other than what the blurb had alreads provided, but what was given felt as though it were thrown in my face. Once Amber realised what her parents were after everything became too rushed without much development, from the explanation to her denial of what was happening.

Typically, the introduction of new characters are meant to pick up the pace, but this did not happen with Milo. His mysterious background was not intriguing and if he weren't there to begin with, Amber could have done much of the travelling on her own. Amber and Milo's dynamic started off weakly because they simply had nothing to say to each other. They did not feel like distinct and individual characters until Glen was brought into the story and from then onwards the plot moved at a more rapid pace.

The tone of the book was the most difficult aspect to adjust to. For the majority of the first half, the book read more in the way that I would think rather than how I would write, which could have been why I couldn't get into it. In short: it felt childish. The only thing that distinguished it from a Middle Grade book was when the dry humour was replaced with graphically violent scenes.
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Derek Landy is also the author of the incredibly popular Skulduggery Pleasant series. His stories, and that includes Demon Road, have a subtle layer of wit running throughout them.
In this new venture Landy introduces a tough teenage girl, who is faced with a certain death sentence and changing her already sealed fate.She learns to accept her inner beauty and outer strength.
Poor Amber, imagine finding out you're not only a monster, but you're also the next full course meal for your parents and their friends. Luckily for her she has someone on the inside on her side, and that person leads her to Milo.
Milo is the dark horse, I hope we get to know him a lot better in a possible sequel. He starts out as the untrustworthy stranger and slowly becomes Amber's new family.
Everyone seems to spend all their time trying to outsmart the boss demon, which tends to end up complicating matters. Amber seems to be particularly talented at making bad situations even worse.
Will we see Glen again in the next book? There was a slight or suggestion that we might not have seen the last of him. I hope so , because he was quite funny.
It is a fast paced supernatural demonic extravaganza with witty dialogues and strong memorable characters. Oh, and kudos to Landry for making a point of calling out the cat-callers of our society.
I received a free copy of this book via Netgalley.
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For me the jury is out on this one.I thought it had some great moments and started out really well, the part where they are in the principal's office and Amber was sitting with her parents who as she said would be trying to kill her later, brilliant,I couldn't wait to read it and thought I'm on to a good thing here.I did like some of the humour but found some of it not to my liking,but you can't please all of the people all of the time.I am also not in the intended age range for this book so I don't think I should be too hard if it wasn't all to my taste.I wish they hadn't kept banging on about Amber's size though that became a bit unnecessary.I don't do spoilers so not going to say much more, if I could I would give this book 3 and a half stars but I can't so I'm being generous and giving it 4 stars based on my age range and the fact we don't all have the same sense of humour, I'm aware that some one else might think this is great fun,and I don't think its badly written, just not an exact fit for me.Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for a copy of the book in return for an honest review.
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