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Not the Skulduggery Pleasant that I knew of old...
on 21 January 2014
This book didn't do it for me as previous titles in the series.
I personally felt that the story got lost or muddled by it's indecision of whether to be a Kick arse, action packed book or one where we saw Valkyrie feeling torn between the family life that she has grown so far apart from, the future she has seen of being a bit of a gushy teenager. Though her conflicts are founded in very believable aspects, I personally felt that when she was all gushy and loved up, let the character down. Not because we are not allowed to fall in love, be lame or be completely swept of our feet... it just seemed rather formulaic and out of character. For the first time in the series, it felt like a grown man trying rather hard to write as a teenage girl... also, it felt a bit too violent and though going for a cinematic fight experience, the violence at moments was excessive (in my opinion for the target audience and verging on gratuitous).
I know that many reviews say that the next book is back to form, but I seem to have fallen behind by a few titles in this series and there are the spin-off to also consider. As it stands, Skulduggery Pleasant and I have drifted apart and now I can only see fate bringing us back together.