Author: Derek Landy
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
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Published: 27th August 2015
Amber Lamont is a normal sixteen-year-old high school student. 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 family 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 a tapestry of 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...
|My excitement at receiving this book!|
It must be said that this book starts with one of the greatest opening sentences, one that grabs your attention straight away and makes it rather hard to put the book down:
Twelve hours before Amber Lamont's parents tried to kill her, she was sitting between them in the principal's office, her hands in her lap, stifling all the things she wanted to say.'
That sentence was enough for me to feel confident that this was going to be a book I was going to enjoy. I'd known it was a roadtrip style book, one that would see our character travel across the supernatural US, whilst on the run from demons. I didn't know those demons were her own parents, who were rather eager to end her life. It's not every day you read a book where the main characters parents are out to murder their own child. It definitely added something different to the story.
Amber is a really interesting character who is dealing with quite a lot. It's quite rare that you find out your parents are demons who want to kill you and then eat you. She handles that quite well, probably a lot better than I would handle myself in that situation. I will admit that she has a habit of making some really terrible decisions. I honestly hate characters who fail so epically at making decisions. But Amber can also be quite the badass heroine when she wants to be, so I can forgive her for her poor decision making skills.
|This is me about 80% of the times|
Amber makes a decision
My one and only grumble with the book would probably be that it felt a little lengthy at 500+ pages. A lot happens in this book, it's what makes it fell so action-packed, but it also works to make it feel like maybe too much is crammed into this one book. Sometimes it could feel like it was dragging in places and maybe could have used with this being a little shorter.... or some of it being put into the next book.
I really did enjoy this book and how impossible it was to put down, it's also made me desperate to get my hands on book two - I am sure the wait for that may actually kill me! I loved the whole cast of crazy, weird, supernatural characters and how dark this book could be in places. It could get pretty grotesque in places, which could be hard for me to read as I am quite squeamish, but I kinda loved that about it. I became far too invested in the story and gave up much needed sleep to find out how it would all turn out. I'd recommend this to anyone looking for a fast-paced, action-packed YA read, especially if you have a love of all things supernatural.
*I received a copy of this book through LoveReading4Kids.co.uk in exchange for an honest review.