American Monster by Derek Landy Review

If I wasn’t in Waterstones in the last few days then I wouldn’t of known that this book was out, which is odd as I had just recently checked to see the release date and I was sure it wasn’t coming out till next year. But I bought the book right there and then and now ive finished now I have some spare after finishing Doom


The Story

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.

Taken from Goodreads

My Opinion


Seeing how this is the end of the demon road I was expecting an amazing finale, and after reading the skulduggery pleasant series I know that Derek Landy isn’t afraid to kill of a few characters to make a great ending. However, for some reason in this series he likes to bring characters’ back. By this I mean for glen example he seemed to be doomed to be a vampire forever where he didn’t have a soul and didn’t care what was happening to him but Derek thought it would be a good idea to bring him back to his normal self but with the vampire powers. Don’t get me wrong I love glen as a character in the first book and did wish that he would be himself in the second but I didn’t expect him to be brought back for the finale, and even then he didn’t really get to do much as most of the time we were just reading about the lacklustre fight between amber and her mom.

This book is written pretty well, even though a lot of the time I didn’t understand what gender some of the characters in the book where as it felt like they kept changing. The first two books I was able to read in one siting and found them to be very nice easy reads that would keep my attention the whole time. But this book made me actually have to force myself to finish, the main reason for this because I didn’t like the way the story was going. Before the battle with her parents she basically goes back and finds anyone who she had deal with on her way to her parents and kill them. For me this just felt like such a big filler of the book and is there just to add pages to make the book look thicker.  Speaking of making the book thicker, out of the three books in the series this is the shortest one by almost 100 pages, the first book Demon road is 500 pages, Desolation is 460 pages and even though goodreads saying this book is 464 pages it is just 364 pages. For me it just feels like not a lot of effort has went into this book.

I am glad I got to finish the series with this book but if knew how this series was going to be I don’t think I would of bothered. The first book was great but after that my goodread ratings went from being 5 stars for the first book to 3 and 2 for the other two. I just expected more from Derek Landy and I am disappointed with the series finale. Let’s hope he does with Skulduggery Pleasant book 10.


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