American Monsters



The Epic Conclusion In The Mind Blowing Supernatural Thriller From Bestselling Author DEREK LANDY, Creator Of International Sensation Skulduggery Pleasant.Bigger, Meaner, Stronger, Amber Closes In On Her Murderous Parents As They Make One Last Desperate Play For Power Her Own Last Hopes Of Salvation, However, Rest Beyond Vengeance, Beyond The Abominable Killers Living And Dead That She And Milo Will Have To Face.For Amber S Future Lies In Her Family S Past, In The Brother And Sister She Never Knew, And The Horrors Beyond Imagining That Befell Them.American Monsters

Derek Landy is an Irish writer and screenwriter In addition to the bestselling children s YA series of Skulduggery Pleasant books, a supernatural mystery series starring Skulduggery Pleasant, a skeleton detective, and Valkyrie Cain, a young female magician, he has written two screenplays that have been made into films the IFTA award winning Dead Bodies and the IFTA nominated Boy Eats Girl Landy himself was nominated for an IFTA for Best Script He doesn t like to brag about all the awards he s won, such as the Irish Book of the Decade, or the Red House in the UK, or all the other awards that he humbly displays on his mantelpiece He is also far too modest to mention things like the first book being a Publisher s Weekly Best Book of the Year, but would like to extend an invitation to Oprah to pop around one day for tea, in thanks for selecting his book for the Oprah s Book Club Kids Reading List Derek plays too many video games, reads too many comics, and watches too many movies He lives in Ireland with too many cats Occasionally he talks to real people, but only when he absolutely has to.

[BOOKS] ✫ American Monsters ✭ Derek Landy – E17streets4all.co.uk
  • Kindle Edition
  • 325 pages
  • American Monsters
  • Derek Landy
  • English
  • 03 July 2019

10 thoughts on “American Monsters

  1. says:

    Cover Reveal 05 20 2016 Started from the bottom and now we re below zero and in the minuses Dear god these covers just get worse It s like watching a car crash Cover Reveal 05 20 2016 Started from the bottom and now we re below zero and in the minuses Dear god these covers just get worse It s like watching a car crash

  2. says:

    I would like to thank HarperCollins UK, Children s Derek Landy for my copy of the ARC in exchange for an honest review.I ve loved The Demon Road Trilogy it has been an awesome series, I just don t know how I feel about the last book Yeah, it was good but it took me a while to get into it and I found some of it to be pretty boring which made feel detached from it so for that I give it 3.5 stars.It follows on from the last book Amber now being The Shinning Demons Representative and looks like s I would like to thank HarperCollins UK, Children s Derek Landy for my copy of the ARC in exchange for an honest review.I ve loved The Demon Road Trilogy it has been an awesome series, I just don t know how I feel about the last book Yeah, it was good but it took me a while to get into it and I found some of it to be pretty boring which made feel detached from it so for that I give it 3.5 stars.It follows on from the last book Amber now being The Shinning Demons Representative and looks like she has lost Kelly in the process, things are looking pretty grim Milo still has her back running her round the whole country trying to help her with her new job but also for to track down her parents but every time she gets close Mr Shinning has her go after another of his Demons She heads to the Dark Places convention to meet a friend off a forum uhh sorry I can t remember her name I read the book over a week ago my minds blank but gets a nasty shock in the process Will she ever get back at her parents I really loved some parts of this story, Amber starts dreaming about her brother sisters lives and what happened to them letting her get a better idea of what they were like I loved how her brother had a romance it is adorable Sometimes the plot was a bit flakey and I wasn t sure why some things were happening, yeah I do like when books are pretty random but it felt out of place at bits Also, I find it hard to remember some of the characters names nevertheless I still enjoyed it.Ambers an amazing leading lady I have loved watching her grow and it has been the first book with a lesbian love interest in it that I have liked, usually I m not so into it because they become a bit too graphic but this was just nice and not pushed You now see her making her own decisions and being completely confident in them She also starts to love her human side and starts to like the way she looks which I thought was great Not all we ladies are a size 6 will model looks and perfect hair, especially not as a teen either so I love how Landy shows that it doesn t matter what you look like you still kick ass and are hot Kelly and the Gang are back on the book which I was looking really forward to as I loved them in the second one, my heart was ripped into a million pieces with the storyline but hey the show must go on I find Amber s parents absolutely hilarious they are so crazy yet don t give a rats ass and still demand respect The whole Milo thing had me in shock for a few days that s why it s taken me so long to write the review I just couldn t do it.Last but not least Glens back He is my favourite character and I find him so funny he has me giggling like mad, it was good to see him in the story and finding out what was happening with him and I loved the trouble Amber goes to make him himself again well not completely himself if he goes in the sun then it s buh bye He has his funny one liners back and his cracking personality and just makes the book.I would recommend this series it is really good and it is the first I have ever read any of Derek Landy s books but I will definitely be picking upof his stuff Check out my blog www.amandaminnockx.tumblr.comI was a creature of the night, Amber I can t be held responsible for what I did or didn t do when I was a creature of the night

  3. says:

    The last book of the Trilogy sigh I hate when a series comes to an end, especially when i ve enjoyed the books so much, i m always left wantingthan i ve been given Travelled along with these characters was such a fun, wild fast paced ride, and i literally dont know what im going to do now thats its come to an end.Starting off where the last book finished, Amber is now the Shining demons representative Her connection with Kelly has broken down due to her new job, and Milo is still by he The last book of the Trilogy sigh I hate when a series comes to an end, especially when i ve enjoyed the books so much, i m always left wantingthan i ve been given Travelled along with these characters was such a fun, wild fast paced ride, and i literally dont know what im going to do now thats its come to an end.Starting off where the last book finished, Amber is now the Shining demons representative Her connection with Kelly has broken down due to her new job, and Milo is still by her side, taking on demons and trying to track down the parents that wronged her, and by wronged on course i mean who tried to kill her Maybe wrong isn t the right word here The closer she gets to her parents, her new boss sends her off fighting demons.The closer she gets, theshe learns about her former brother and sister, who suffered at the teeth of her parents With the story coming to an end, who will win Amber, or her demon parents And what about the Shining Demon, what becomes of him I really enjoyed this book Learningabout Amber s brother and sister really added to the story and i enjoyed the relationship side of things as well We got Glen back WOOOO I missed his personality and his wit so much Unfortunately some parts were a little eh for me, like i understand why they were added but they felt a bit flat in my opinion The growth of the characters from the start of the series till now was amazing Amber, Milo and Glen, were the most prominent being the main characters throughout the series But even Ambers parents has some growth, in their own way Amber was a strong female protagonist, and her journey was one i think many will enjoy Starting as the self conscious loner girl, she has grown into this strong, smart, self assured demon girl who will do anything for those she cares about, even if those people aren t necessarily her family The only thing i didn t really enjoy, and im nitpicking here but the fact that Amber becameloving towards herself because Kelly liked her, yeah im not really a fan of that It fits the story, and the characters to a point, but i feel like we need to encourage people to find love in themselves without someone else loving them first.Overall, i liked the series I enjoyed how things progressed and that overall it kept a fast pace, with twists and turns all throughout that kept you on the edge of your seat The character development for all the characters was well shown, and the banter will keep you giggling throughout this dark story Some parts of the story weren t the strongest, but as a whole this is a fantastic series that i will look forward to reading again.To think i picked up the first book because of the cover, i m glad my decision making when picking books is pretty relaxed, as this turned out to be a great series.Recommended for Fantasy YA Horror

  4. says:

    _ dissappointing This series had so much potential but it just completely failed The first book was great but the other 2 have just lacked in comparison.

  5. says:

    This is probablylike a 4,5 stars I really enjoyed the series and I actually liked the third book the most, which is something that usually never happens But I honestly enjoyed the characters so muchin this one, because I feel like especially Amber has grown so much and I liked her a lotthan I did in the previous books.I also feel like Derek Landy has finally managed to break away from Skulduggery Pleasant a bit You know I really tried to go into this series without comparing This is probablylike a 4,5 stars I really enjoyed the series and I actually liked the third book the most, which is something that usually never happens But I honestly enjoyed the characters so muchin this one, because I feel like especially Amber has grown so much and I liked her a lotthan I did in the previous books.I also feel like Derek Landy has finally managed to break away from Skulduggery Pleasant a bit You know I really tried to go into this series without comparing it to Skulduggery Pleasant, but that was kinda hard, especially in the first book, because Milo, Amber and Glen were literally Skulduggery, Valkyrie and Fletcher So A LOT of it is pretty similar, especially the character constellation and personalities, but the story can totally stand on its own And in the third book the characters have grown a lot and the dynamic between them has kind of changed, so the similarity to Skulduggery Pleasant is not as apparent as it used to be So I really enjoyed that aspect.I also loved that Derek Landy kinda used Ambers demonic form and her development as a person to point out the importance of self acceptance and how you should never try to be someone else, that you should always love yourself the way you are and that you are good enough even if you don t have any special powers So I really appreciated how that aspect was integrated into the story The ending tho The ending was not necessary Mr Landy I repeat, that damn ending was not necessary at all Now excuse me while I go cry in a corner

  6. says:

    4.5 STARS Derek Landy always comes out with something new and original, never fails at his stories, always keeps on coming out with the best and only the best His characters are flawless, I love the stories and the dialogue Oh, and the plot of this series, the plots, are just amazing and I love them Milo Sebastian is such a great character, showing the good and bad in every character and showing that there are some redeeming qualities to make up for the bad things that he has done with h 4.5 STARS Derek Landy always comes out with something new and original, never fails at his stories, always keeps on coming out with the best and only the best His characters are flawless, I love the stories and the dialogue Oh, and the plot of this series, the plots, are just amazing and I love them Milo Sebastian is such a great character, showing the good and bad in every character and showing that there are some redeeming qualities to make up for the bad things that he has done with his time as the Ghost of the Highway.This particular installment was not as good as the first two, but I still enjoyed it nonetheless It had a good rollercoaster of emotions, plus the amount of action within it for a conclusion in a trilogy was splendidly done I really appreciate when authors put the effort in to make sure that the final installment is explosive and not lacking within the action department The solidness of this trilogy is firm and intact, unlike Skulduggery Pleasant which explodes everywhere with the world building and such, but they re two different plots and that is perfectly understandable I love the both of them for their own reasons.I absolutely cannot wait for book 10 of Skulduggery Pleasant _

  7. says:

    Ahhh I can t believe it s over, what a great read I couldn t put this one down, such a great road trip One of the fastest paced roller coaster journeys of the imagination I have been on Brilliant.

  8. says:

    We re not heroes, Amber We don t have that luxury I m in tears I had totally forgotten about that ending What an awesome finale for an awesome trilogy TheI read, theI sometimes thought I was reading about Valkyrie and Skulduggery because Amber and Milo are kinda the same with their bickering and sarcasm I loved the fast pacing of this and it definetly leaves a door open forstories on the Dark Highway Awesome

  9. says:

    And so Landy s love letter to the TV show Supernatural comes to an end rather abruptly Some of it is predictable, most of it not It s an amusing read.

  10. says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here 4.5 I started writing this review straight after finishing this book at like 3am so apologies if I get carried away with words at some points because I was in the moment It did take me about a week to finish this review though as theI thought about it, thethings I would come up with to add And I would just keep on coming back without finding a way to end it I did however decide to add a summery of the whole series at the end so well done if you make it all the way down to 4.5 I started writing this review straight after finishing this book at like 3am so apologies if I get carried away with words at some points because I was in the moment It did take me about a week to finish this review though as theI thought about it, thethings I would come up with to add And I would just keep on coming back without finding a way to end it I did however decide to add a summery of the whole series at the end so well done if you make it all the way down to that So first things first, I was quite concerned when I first saw the size of the book since it is probably over 100 pages shorter than the previous two books and probably the length of a couple chapters of Game of Thrones ha , which I finished just before I thought this was weird for a final book in a trilogy, you would expect it to be bigger right and so I was worried Derek Landy had kinda gotten fed up with the series probably since it didn t take off in popularity like Skulduggery did and so just wanted to wrap everything up as quick as he could and get back to the Skeleton Detective I think while writing this review I will work out if this was the case or not Now as expected this book was fast paced as hell from start to finish, and when I say fast paced I really mean it There wasn t many times where you could take a breath from all the action, and whenever you thought you could there would be evenaction Conversations were quick and simple to follow and there wasn t ever any heavy descriptions Everything felt like a smooth well oiled machine with only one goal in mind, ditch the unessesary and speed through this story Which is contrary to a complaint I made on the previous book, that we d occasionally be bogged down by side plots with characters that didn t interest us as much as Amber and Milo But here it seems Derek heard my call from the future because now we get the story from Ambers POV all the way through, and any sidetracks that do go on add to the story andimportantly, still involves the main characters This makes the journey a great thrill with lots of memorable moments to pick out, reminiscent to what I said was so special about the first Demon Road book Throughout I could feel myself being pulled towards the finale We get to reunite with characters good and bad from the previous books, though it doesn t end well for many of them and we got our resolution with Glen that I was so desperate for at the end of Desolation.Some random moments that stood out for me was when we discover why Amber kept taking selfies now and again without any explanation, I thought it was a really bizarre thing to do at the time, but finding out why was awesome and clever writing I also peaked during the final fight when I literally shouted in my head of course USE THE HORN and boom she used the horn It was at that moment I knew I was connected with Derek Landy on a deep creative level Talking about Derek, he really outdid himself with the damn shocks and cliffhangers in this book I mean you would think by now that I would have grown to expect that something crazy might happen at any point It is the way of the Derek Landy It s something I ve grown accustomed to in the Skulduggery books You would think But no, he still manages to catch me off guard A reminder that he is in full control of this story, and these characters and my emotions and nobody is safe And that leads me on to the ending we re into big spoilers here Just when you thought everything had been resolved and that we got the ending we all wanted, just when you thought you were safe Heartbreak It s not often that a book makes you physically sit up saying no no no I had barely forgiven Derek for the gruesome shock earlier on in the book that left me gobsmacked to the point I had my head in my hands But this This was just Derek laughing at our poor souls This was just unfair.Now from here my review turns into a bit of rant because hindsight 20 20 Now what I keep asking myself is, was the fast pacing and the small size of this book a good thing or not Part of me liked it because as described earlier, it s a page turner and so I wanted to see what happens next and get to the end as fast possible But on the other hand you lose sooo much depth by speeding through a story I feel like we definitely could have gotten much ,meaningful character interactions andexplanations There was room to do so But instead we re left filling in the gaps with our own presumptions I would have liked there to bedevelopment between Amber and her Demon self Yes it s alluded she won t be consumed by her because in their last conversation it s said that if she drinks the last vial she will lose control, and she never does So Amber no longer see s her I mean I presume not, because it was the blood that was bringing on those hallucinations in the first place and now there isn t any But it s still part of her Yes we see her beginning to accept herself as Amber, but I would have liked to see how she s come to terms with her Demon self too Also her dreams of her brother and sister, what was the overall purpose of that Reading the blurb her future lies in her families past But did it though Sure it was a nice touch but for something so intriguing I was expecting it to accumulate to somethingexciting than what we did ultimately find out It wasn t anything super crazy Idk maybe I skimmed through an important part too quickly and missed it.The building to the end is also worth discussing I usually quite enjoy when Derek gets creative with his structure, like giving us cliffhangers followed by a 2 word chapter just to really mess with us And I could see the purpose of this short chapter jumping as it built up the pace eventowards the grand finale we were all eagerly waiting for You often see scenes like these in movies and it s an interesting touch to wrap up loose ends in a simple manner But part of me feels like this was a bit of a cop out Like he couldn t be bothered to go into these parts because he thought we wouldn t be bothered with them Some of the characters I couldn t even remember who they re were, and we had a longer conversation with one of them at the start of the book then at the end during their actual death scene In this case it all happened a bit too quickly and the fact that we had basically empty pages was a bit suspect when the book is already tiny as it is I could see that I didn t have much of the book left so I felt like I was loosing pages that should have been used for afulfilling ending Now for the ending pre shock It was an great ending but I was expectingfor a finale to a trilogy Everything started feeling like the last season of Game of Thrones where even though some parts are really epic, it just doesn t hit the spot Firstly I really couldn t really be bothered with these Foundation of Light people Their reveal at the end just felt like a teaser scene you get after the credits of a film All of the sudden they re not cops hunting her and they ve been good guys all along doing basically the same job as the the group of Scooby Doo guys in the previous book justauthoritatively The family relations part of it was interesting but we didn t really gain anything from finding that out other than it conveniently helping during the final fight There s also the whole final charade of Amber fooling her parents and completely confusing me in the process I get that Derek was leaving us out of the loop plan so that the double cross triple cross, idk how many crosses there were, would surprise us as much as the characters, and it did But there was 2 points where I actually had to stop and go back to see if I had missed a chapter or some important detail I might have skimmed over I d have likedinfo on Clarissa too and before I forget, which I almost did, the reveal of who the Priest is I mean how are you gonna drop that surprise on us with no explanation at all Nothing It was epic, don t get me wrong, but I want to knowWhy was he there to meet her before Was this his goal all along or is he just cleaning up the mess Why does he show kindness towards Amber It just leaves us withquestions than answers Then we return to the heartbreaking shock that I mentioned earlier I won t say his name, though you ll probably be able to guess who it is, but like jokes aside He did not deserve to die Okay yes I get that he kinda did because of all the bad things he has done in the past but no, you do not give us that character development, the fact that he was now free to live a normal life and find some sort of happiness and meaning, just for you to kill him like that Out of nowhere By a side character that I didn t even care to care about And how dare you put us through the pain of not being able to save him He was twice the character Amber is The subsequent Epilogue was a nice ending for the characters that remain but it was overshadowed by what had just happened before it We didn t get any time to grieve and we didn t get to hear any of the characters thoughts Nothing about how Amber felt after her loss, nothing about how important their friendship was or how she will cope without him It was just oof he dead, here s 1 year later where they re just living their best life now like nothing happened The ending just left me heartbroken instead of fulfilled Look, this wouldn t be the first time that my rant reviews make a book look terrible when in reality it was still very enjoyable I just like being critical Now it s all over I just wish those conversations were a few pages longer, or those descriptions a littledetailed Because I was really into it, the world and the characters, and of course if something s awesome you wantof it It s just a shame it has come to an end because I feel like there s a whole lotto offer with this series I honestly thought the first book was one of the best books I read last year and I would gladly pick it up again some time It had the Derek Landy charm that I was used to but in a new world with new characters, a story that had so many memorable moments and most importantly a lot of depth to it I only have good things to say about it which is why I rated it so highly The second, struggled from the classic issues of a sequel It was detailed and action packed but simply not as good as the first Then here, the third and final book gave us a no nonsense race to climax that everything had culminated to I guess we got what we came for I loved the series as a whole but the problem is it s always going to be compared to Skulduggery Pleasant Firstly because it s the only other thing Dereks written but also because he s made them so similar A teenage, female, main character who has to fight her powerful inner demons, with a wiser partner who is magical in some way and shows her the ropes, with a 3rd sidekick who s a bit of a goofball Even down to the fact that both main characters in each series come out as bisexual At this point Valkyrie and Amber are practically the same person, as though Derek just couldn t escape his beloved characters and the tried and tested formula he s already created That s where the problem lies because side by side this trilogy expectedly isn t as good as Skulduggery It lacks the depth, it lacks the level of character chemistry that you get after 12 books, and even though it s supposed to be darker andgruesome, you ve still got the same witty storytelling that Derek is accustomed to For these reasons l would rate the overall series a 4 or maybe even 4.5 stars and I d strongly recommend it to anyone I know It really was a mad ride down the Demon Road

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