Desolation by Derek Landy Review

I wanted to read this book the second it came out but a lot of things got in the way including University and starting work again but after I finished the Cirque Du Freak series by Darren Shan I knew I had to get this book finished.



Reeling from their bloody encounter in New York City, Amber and Milo flee north. On their trail are the Hounds of Hell – five demonic bikers who will stop at nothing to drag their quarries back to their unholy master.

Amber and Milo’s only hope lies within Desolation Hill – a small town with a big secret; a town with a darkness to it, where evil seeps through the very floorboards. Until, on one night every year, it spills over onto the streets and all hell breaks loose.

And that night is coming.

Taken From Goodreads

My Opinion

In my review of the first book in this series Demon Road, I thought it was just another version of Skulduggery Pleasant with a young girl going off with an old man in a fancy car and killing enemies, and you know what this book just made my opinion stronger on that with this series. Some new character get introduced in this book and some old ones come back, but there is one character that I personally think needs to be brought to attention and that is Kelly. In my own opinion I think she is exactly like Tanith, she is independent, strong arms and has a lot of the same characteristics in her personality. For me the only difference between Kelly and Tanith is that Kelly is a lesbian, that is literally the only difference I could make between the two characters.

If I had never read the Skulduggery pleasant series then this book would be fantastic, and even though I had I still loved reading it even with some aspects not changing between the two series. There are a lot of demons, and a great story so for the younger audience this might seem a bit scary but while I was reading the book I noticed that there were some aspects that weren’t children friendly especially with the idea of sex happening in the middle of the streets on a certain night of the year. I personally think that Derek Landy couldn’t decided who to aim this book at, as near the beginning I did find it a bit young for my taste but the more I read through the book the more adult it started getting which I liked but I know some people certainly wont.

The story itself is really good and I was enjoying reading especially when seeing how the two demons in Milo and Amber were using the help of humans to save the day. Plus being able to have the point of views of more then just one character was a great addition even if I got confused at one point as I had forgotten what had happened to one character and had to back track a little bit.

I do like how Derek Landy made the main character in Amber different from Stephanie as while Stephanie is all confident and knows she is good looking Amber is the opposite so it was nice reading about a little romance blossoming between her and another character.

If I had to recommended this book it would be only if you have read the first book in the series and wish to continue with the series otherwise I can see a lot of people not liking this book. The average rating on goodreads is 3.94 at the time of this review and I can see why.


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