Demon Road by Derek Landy
Series: The Demon Road Trilogy #1
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
Synopsis: 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…
Review: I read this book while I was away on holiday last month, and I have to say it really drew me in. I have only read two of the Skulduggery Pleasant books, and I read those when was a lot younger, but this book makes me want to go back and re-read that series. This book is a bit of a roller coaster ride, and is really fast paced! I literally could not put it down, I found myself picking up this book at any opportunity because I never seemed to reach a good place to pause. One point I will make is the ending is a little too fast paced; I swear Amber almost dies about twenty times, and it all gets a little bit too wild.
I thought that all the characters were interesting, engaging, and most importantly well written! Amber goes through a fantastic transformation, and you get to see her deal with all the positives and negatives associated with this massive change. She has to deal with her parents trying to kill and eat her, but at one point finds herself saving her mother from getting murdered showing how conflicted she was within. This girl faced so many trials within this book, and she was honestly a fantastic protagonist. She's definitely not a traditional ya protagonist like Tris, Katniss, or Clary Fray, but instead she was refreshingly normal and I loved it.
Milo and Glen are her companions, and without them the story would have taken a much darker turn. Glen is absolutely fantastic; he's honestly a joy to read, and made me laugh out loud on multiple occasions. He keeps the story from becoming too dark, and for me he initially felt like a temporary character but quickly became my favourite. I could understand why some people would find him rather annoying; he has no filter at all and will pretty much blurt out whatever is inside his head, he also has no sense of self preservation and I know this can get on some peoples nerves.
Milo on the other hand provides the dark and mysterious aspect of our trio. He comes across as cold initially, but provides a nice contrast to Glen's overly friendly manner; I do think we'll get to know him a bit better in the next book, but I definitely liked his character development so far.
There is lots of fighting and gore, so if that's not your thing then maybe this isn't the book for you, but personally I don't have a problem with that sort of thing. It is a pretty violent book between the vampires, demons, and other supernatural things out to get her, Amber spends a whole lot of time hiding and fighting for her life. This book is honestly
Recommend: If your looking for a dark ya series that's well written, fast paced, and an incredibly fun to read then this series is certainly worth a go.