Halloween Book Recommendations

Demon Road - Derek Landy    REVIEW
Skulduggery Pleasant - Derek Landy   REVIEW
White Crow - Marcus Sedgwick    
The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman
Death or Ice Cream? - Gareth P. Jones    REVIEW
Thirteen Chairs - Dave Shelton     REVIEW
Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children - Ransom Riggs   
Thirteen - Tom Hoyle    REVIEW
Asylum - Madeline Roux     


Reasons to read the Demon Road Series by Derek Landy

- Main character is a chubby teenager who doesn’t become happy with herself by losing weight
- Vampires, demons, devils, ghosts
- Sassy
- The main character is a nerd who fangirls over a book series and really wants to take a detour on her main goal to go to a fan show
- She’s a lesbian
- She takes no shit from men
- Actively calls out men on sexist remarks and ‘jokes’
- Acts like a teenager…
- No unnecessary annoying romance
- She is badass

‘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…Witty, action-packed and heart-stoppingly thrilling, Demon Road will take you on an epic road-trip across the supernatural landscape of America.’
10/10 recommend… Derek Landy is one of my favourite authors. Also check out his first series, Skulduggery Pleasant. One of my all time favourite series

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Reasons Everyone Should Read Skulduggery Pleasant Series

• the main character is a badass teenage girl who is sarcastic and grumpy
• the other main character is a talking skeleton that doesn’t know when to shut up
• they’re best friends and throughout the series have said they don’t want to live without each other
• magic
• also detective-y stuff
• the women are mostly all badass and can save themselves
• it doesn’t focus on any romance plots (they’re more side plots and not that huge)
• Valkyrie wears all black most of the time
• China Sorrows is the best
• further along in the series there are complaining zombies
• it’s fucking hilarious
• there is a side book of just stories about missions and stuff - basically a book of fanfiction written by the author
• the series is over and ended with an amazing twist so no waiting for the new book to come out
• you will fall in love with a Texan psychopath
• skulduggery pleasant supports LGBT (in dying of the light he is commenting that someone is always changing their uniform and says “why don’t you wear rainbow colours next? You could support the lesbian, gay and transgender community”)
• valkyrie’s parents are amazing

Who to fight - Skulduggery Pleasant edition

Skul: He literally came back from the dead because he was so pissed at a guy who wronged him. Wouldn’t risk it.

Val: She’d win. Except in the beginning, but who would fight a sassy 12 year old emo horse girl (tumblr’s words, not mine)? Seriously, if you do, I will come and end you.

Ghastly: You don’t really stand a chance. Unless you pretend to be his friend, gain his trust for 200+ years and then unexpectedly stab him. That might work.

Tanith: Ahem. There is literally no way you could win that.

China: She’d beat your ass and you’d thank her.

Fletcher: You could probably win, if you can keep him from teleporting. Aim for the hair.

Billy-Ray: Uhm yeah, you’re gonna die. Especially if your name is Jethro. The only way to be permanently safe from Billy-Ray Sanguine is to be Tanith Low.

Vincent Foe: He’d throw you into a wood chipper or (on wednesdays) just blow up the entire world to get rid of you. 

Scapegrace: Careful, he has a zombie army and a very protective boyfriend. 

Clarabelle: What the fuck, why would you ever hurt this precious weird little flower petal??

Dexter: Please don’t hurt him he’s a national treasure. He’d grill you anyway.

Saracen: Don’t, unless you have magical eyebrows to hypnotize him with.

Caelan: Just attack during the day or near a body of water and you can’t really lose.

Donegan: Don’t be fooled by his British Gentleman attire. This man wreaked enough havoc by publishing books.

Gracious: You could probably win if you manage to baffle him with extreme nerdiness or embarrassing memories.

Darquesse: hoe don’t do it.

Lord Vile: oh my god.

Derek: He will throw some carefully chosen words at you that will stab you right in the feels and you will die and he will laugh. Do not mess with the Golden God.

  • looks like a cinnamon roll but could actually kill you:Tanith Low
  • looks like they could kill you but is actually a cinnamon roll:Ghastly Bespoke
  • looks like a cinnamon roll and is actually a cinnamon roll:Fletcher Renn
  • looks like they could kill you and would actually kill you:Valkyrie Cain
  • the sinnamon roll:Skulduggery Pleasant
  • china:[in a crowd and can't find skulduggery] 'this calls for drastic measures'
  • skulduggery:[from across the room] 'wwhat the FUCK DID YOU JUST SAY'
  • china:'there he is'
Why you should all read the Skulduggery Pleasant Series by Derek Landy

Okay you sorry lot, sit down and shut up. You are all about to get EDUCATED on the magical world of Skulduggery Pleasant. 

((So I am currently suffering through some terrible “the skulduggery pleasant series is over, I have read every book, short story and companion novel, my life is over why” feels and I think the way to make me feel better is to make everyone else suffer the same feels as me. So here you go.))

Learning Objectives for today: 

  • Learn about the Skulduggery Pleasant series
  • Go out and buy the Skulduggery Pleasant Series
  • Read the Skulduggery Pleasant Series 

What is the Skulduggery Pleasant Series all about?

“Stephanie’s uncle Gordon is a writer of horror fiction. But when he dies and leaves her his estate, Stephanie learns that while he may have written horror, it certainly wasn’t fiction. Pursued by evil forces intent on recovering a mysterious key, Stephanie finds help from an unusual source - the wisecracking skeleton of a dead wizard.”- Goodreads

The main protagonist is a girl called Valkyrie Cain who mistakenly discovers she has magic, she is mentored by a living skeleton called Skulduggery Pleasant. They are a crime fighting duo who save the world on multiple occasions. 

There’s nine regular books, plus a short-story collection and a spin-off.

The world-building is magnificent (and one of the things I love so much about it), almost every character is likable, the twist are mind-blowing, and you will bawl your eyes out or want to fling the book into a corner on multiple occasions.

There are a lot of strong female characters, even though not always in the traditional sense, many characters are very much queer (it’s only hinted at in the earlier books, but as the series goes on, it’s heavily implied, and the author himself has confirmed the “queerness” of many characters).

Also, the titular character is a skeleton who likes nice suits, fights with magic and drives in a Bentley. What more do you need?!

I’d recommend it if you like Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, and/or the Mortal Instruments. Or action in general.- kitsunetook

“Her parents wanted her to find her own way in life. That’s what they’d said countless times in the past. Of course, they’d been referring to school subjects and college applications and job prospects. Presumably, at no stage did they factor living skeletons and magic underworlds into their considerations. If they had, their advice would probably have been very different.”

What does the Skulduggery Pleasant Series mean to me?

I started reading the Skulduggery Pleasant series when I was 11 when I was going through a really traumatic period of my life. Not great things were happening in my life at that time and I had to move away from home to stay with foster parents. The people I was staying with had a son who had the book and I read it.  I literally relied on Valkyrie’s strength to help me to get through this time. I really found a lot of solace in Valkyrie as she was strong and fierce and indestructible. And I got through it, with Val and Skulduggery by my side.Since then, every year a new book comes out and every year I am the same age as Valkyrie. I have spent the past seven years of my life with Valkyrie, Skulduggery and all the rest. I really feel like Valkyrie is a close friend and the parallels I draw from her life and mine have really helped me with teenage struggles. Whilst she was fighting soul snatching remnants I was fighting nasty girls at school etc. It cannot be understated that the series has played a massive part in my adolescence and has literally saved my life. Thank you Derek Landy for creating this magical place, it will live on inside me for as long as I live! Until the very end.. 

I first read this book seven years ago when I was twelve: when the protagonist, Valkyrie Cain was also twelve. At the time I first met Valkyrie/Stephanie I was going through I very troubled time in my life and was staying with a foster family, their son lent me the book and I found great solace in it. If Valkyrie could cope with such a big change in her life so could I. Every year when a new book came out I grew a year older with her, and she has been a huge comfort in my adolescence. The end of the series has marked the end of an era, the end of my teenage years, and the beginning of adulthood!

Why should you read it?

  • Because it is quite literally THE best series ever, yes that’s better than Harry Potter.
  • SP has the best written female protagonist of ANY book I’ve ever read, all the other characters are also amazing! You find yourself becoming attached to psychopaths and murderers. 
  • The story world is epic, magic, richly detailed and literally awesome in every way. 
  • With a lot of middle grade/ YA fantasy it can seem like a simple good vs bad battle but it is anything but that, each character is complex and has good and bad points.
  • The writing is amazing, with serious poetic bits that make you cry and then parts where the sarcasm levels are through the roof and you are literally LOL’ing at a book by yourself.
  • The story line is always fast paced and exciting, just so good in every way.

I have never met another person who has read the series and gone “meh it was alright” it’s always “OMFG THOSE BOOKS ARE MY LIFE” and I think that sums up just how good the books are.

I might host a read-a-long at some stage this summer if it is something people would be interested in, let me know!