American Monsters (The Demon Road Trilogy) by Derek Landy

“One way or another… this ends tonight.” is the only thing it says on the cover of the last book of the Demon Road Trilogy.

I won’t tell much about the story here, to avoid spoilers for anyone who still wants to read the book(s)- there is some complaining about one twist in the spoiler section.  Amber is still searching the country for her parents, and is looking for a way to doublecross the Astaroth while fulfilling her duties as his new representative.

The book has the same sarcastic tone as the ones before and as Skulduggery Pleasant. But it feels like Amber and Milo aren’t being as sarcastic as in the previous books. But that may be only due to the events in the books. The book is as well written as the rest of Landy’s books (although towards the end seems a bit hectic but again this is owed to the events) but when it says “One way or another…” they mean it. It ends but you won’t like the way how.

 

American Monsters made me laugh a lot, it made me cry and it tested my gag reflex. Most of all it kept me glued to the pages. It deserves 4,5 out of 5 possible gold stars.

 

Spoilers Spoilers Spoilers Spoilers Spoilers Spoilers Spoilers Spoilers Spoilers Spoilers Spoilers Spoilers Spoilers Spoilers Spoilers Spoilers Spoilers Spoilers Spoilers Spoilers… you get the drill.

 

I am really mad at Derek Landy. He brought Ambers siblings into the story and even managed to give her family that doesn’t totally hate her and wants to eat her alive. He makes it seems like the brilliant plan they make up pratically last minute works and it does and then, right when everything is over, he kills one of my favorite characters in this book. Yes, it was kind of plausible. Yes, he may have deserved it but the slate was completely swiped clean and then he has the guts to kill Milo practically on one of the last pages. I was hoping for a Skulduggery Pleasant moment there (in the last book, Landy makes it seem like maybe the main charakter is dead and gone just to clear things up on one of the following pages) or simply a twist that somehow Milo survived. Nothing. Just grieving for yet another fictional character I grew way too attached to.

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