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Nov 25 2015

Demon Road by Derek Landy

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HarperCollins, 2015. ISBN 9780008141233
(Age: 14+) Recommended. Demon Road by Derek Landy is an exciting novel that makes it hard to put the book down as you follow the story of Amber whom is not quite the normal girl with not quite the normal family. Amber is a teenage girl with a seemingly quiet life, or so it seemed to others as she struggled to fit into the cool and flawless 'family' dynamic that are her parents. She always knew that they were powerful people, but what they will do for more power will shock Amber to the extreme as more family secrets unravel in this fast-paced adventure that will keep you on your toes. Enemies become friends and the people in Amber's life, both new and old, aren't quite what they seem. Amber needs to learn to adapt, be and trust herself as she travels the Demon Road in search for a solution to all of her problems as well as solve others.
Demon Road is a book of many themes and many surprises that would appeal to a large audience. It presents horror, thriller, gore, action, adventure and mystery to its readers and continues to shock and astound as you sink further into the life and adventure of Amber. The story itself is told from the third person point of view and allows the reader to follow Amber's thoughts and feelings as well as her personal development as her adventure progresses. The characters themselves are presented in a relatable and realistic way with emphasis on their own individual personalities and traits. The relationships and dialogue Amber has with each one is interesting to witness as a reader over time as their paths cross throughout the novel. Demon Road is a very exciting novel that has the ability to keep its readers captivated with fresh and interesting events as well as its vivid characters.
This novel would be better suited to an older audience (14+) due to themes of violence and gore. With its fascinating ending, I can't wait for the next book!
Sarah Filkin (University student)

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