Review: Kingdom of the Wicked [Skulduggery Pleasant #7]
Adventure , All , Children Literature , Fantasy / March 9, 2019

Title: Kingdom of the Wicked Author: Derek Landy Genre: Fantasy/ Children Literature/ Adventure Publication date: 2012 Summary: Magic is a disease. Across the land, normal people are suddenly developing wild and unstable powers. Infected by a rare strain of magic, they are unwittingly endangering their own lives and the lives of the people around them. Terrified and confused, their only hope lies with the Sanctuary. Skulduggery Pleasant and Valkyrie Cain are needed now more than ever. And then there’s the small matter of Kitana. A normal teenage girl who, along with her normal teenage friends, becomes infected. Becomes powerful. Becomes corrupted. Wielding the magic of gods, they’re set to tear the city apart unless someone stands up against them. Looks like it’s going to be another one of those days…     Oh, how I missed Skulduggery and Valkyrie. It has been a long time since I read the last book and now that I am thinking about it I am not sure why I allowed such a big break between them. Derek Landy is definitely one of my favorite authors – his humor, his easy-going style and the numerous adventures packed tightly in single book do not allow room…

Review: Death Bringer [Skulduggery Pleasant #6]
Adventure , All , Children Literature , Fantasy / January 19, 2018

Title: Death Bringer Author: Derek Landy Genre: Fantasy/ Children Literature/ Adventure Publication date: 2011 Think you’ve seen anything yet? You haven’t. Because the Death Bringer is about to rise… The Necromancers no longer need Valkyrie to be their Death Bringer, and that’s a good thing. There’s just one catch. There’s a reason the Necromancers don’t need her any more. And that’s because they’ve found their Death Bringer already, the person who will dissolve the doors between life and death. And that’s a very, very bad thing…       Death Bringer is the sixth book of the Skulduggery Pleasant series by Derek Landy, and if you ask me (wait for it) the best book so far! You didn’t see that coming, did you? OK, maybe you probably did because I said this for every previous book but… it’s true, I swear! I can’t decide if I am just getting more immersed and invested in the world and that’s why I like it or it’s just getting better and better. Wait, I’ve decided – it does get better and you’ll see that for yourself.       Before we get to the good stuff I want to point out that I…

Review: Mortal Coil [Skulduggery Pleasant #5]
Adventure , All , Children Literature , Fantasy / January 15, 2018

Title: Mortal Coil Author: Derek Landy Genre: Fantasy/ Children Literature/ Adventure Publication date: 2010 Summary: Skulduggery Pleasant and Valkyrie Cain are back — just in time to see their whole world get turned upside down! While they struggle to protect a known killer from an unstoppable assassin, Valkyrie is on a secret mission of her own. This quest, to prevent her dark and murderous destiny, threatens to take her to the brink of death and beyond. And then the body-snatching Remnants get loose, thousands of twisted souls who possess the living like puppets, and they begin their search for a being powerful enough to lead them. Facing such insurmountable odds, Skulduggery, Valkyrie, Ghastly and Tanith can trust no one. Not even each other!       We are now on the fifth book of the Skulduggery Pleasant Series, Mortal Coil, by Derek Landy and by now you should all be going crazy about the Skeleton Detective and his smart-mouth partner, Valkyrie. Honestly, I am currently pumped up after reading the last book (just finished #6 and you’ll be getting that review soon) so I may be a bit incapable of being impartial in this. Scratch that, I don’t remember ever being…

Review: Dark Days [Skulduggery Pleasant #4]
Adventure , All , Children Literature , Fantasy / January 12, 2018

Title: Dark Days Author: Derek Landy Genre: Fantasy/ Children Literature/ Adventure Publication date: 2009 Summary: Skulduggery Pleasant is gone, sucked into a parallel dimension overrun by the Faceless Ones. If his bones haven’t already been turned to dust, chances are he’s insane, driven out of his mind by the horror of the ancient gods. There is no official, Sanctuary-approved rescue mission. There is no official plan to save him. But Valkyrie’s never had much time for plans. The problem is, even if she can get Skulduggery back, there might not be much left for him to return to. There’s a gang of villains bent on destroying the Sanctuary, there are some very powerful people who want Valkyrie dead, and as if all that wasn’t enough it looks very likely that a sorcerer named Darquesse is going to kill the world and everyone on it. Skulduggery is gone. All our hopes rest with Valkyrie. The world’s weight is on her shoulders, and its fate is in her hands. These are dark days indeed.   Dark Days is the fourth book of the famous series Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy and my favorite one so far. I will go ahead and assume you have already read the…

Review: The Faceless Ones [Skulduggery Pleasant Series #3]
Adventure , All , Children Literature , Fantasy / January 8, 2018

Title: The Faceless Ones Author: Derek Landy Genre: Fantasy/ Children Literature/ Adventure Publication date: 2009 Summary: The third bone-breaking, belly-busting adventure in the series that puts the “funny” back in, um, funny series. That didn’t really work, did it? If you’ve read the previous Skulduggery books then you know what the Faceless Ones are — and if you know what the Faceless Ones are, then you can probably take a wild guess that things in this book are going to get AWFULLY sticky for our skeletal hero and his young sidekick. If you haven’t read the previous Skulduggery books then what are you doing reading this? Go and read them right now, so that you know what all that stuff in the previous paragraph was about. Done? Good. So now you’re on tenterhooks too, desperately awaiting the answers to all your questions, and instead you’re going to have to wait to read the book. Sorry about that.      The Faceless Ones is the third book of the famous series Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy and the beginning of the darker, more serious themes of the stories. It still retains its humor and witty conversations(in less quantities, unfortunately) but it is painfully obvious that Stephanie…

Review: Playing with Fire [Skulduggery Pleasant Series #2]
Adventure , All , Children Literature , Fantasy / January 5, 2018

Title: Playing with Fire Author: Derek Landy Genre: Fantasy/ Children Literature/ Adventure Publication date: 2008 Summary: Skulduggery and Valkyrie are facing a new enemy: Baron Vengeous, who is determined to bring back the terrifying Faceless Ones and is crafting an army of evil to help him. Added to that, Vengeous is about to enlist a new ally (if he can raise it from the dead): the horrible Grotesquery, a very unlikable monster of legend. Once Vengeous is on the loose, dead bodies and vampires start showing up all over Ireland. Now pretty much everybody is out to kill Valkyrie, and the daring detective duo faces its biggest challenge yet. But what if the greatest threat to Valkyrie is just a little closer to home?        Playing with Fire is the second book of the famous series Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy. Much like the first one it is full of mad adventures, remarkable humor and another villain, Baron Vengeous, who is out to destroy the world and bring back the Faceless ones. I had read the first book some time ago and when I sat to write its review recently I remembered how much I actually enjoyed it…

Review: Skulduggery Pleasant [Skulduggery Pleasant Series #1]
Adventure , All , Children Literature , Fantasy / January 1, 2018

Title: Skulduggery Pleasant Author: Derek Landy Genre: Fantasy, Teenage Fiction, Children Literature Publication date: 2007 Summary: Meet Skulduggery Pleasant Ace DetectiveSnappy DresserRazor–tongued WitCrackerjack SorcererandWalking, Talking, Fire-throwing Skeleton —as well as ally, protector, and mentor of Stephanie Edgley, a very unusual and darkly talented twelve-year-old. These two alone must defeat an all-consuming ancient evil. The end of the world? Over his dead body.        Skulduggery Pleasant (now carrying the name ‘The Sceptre of Ancients’) by Derek Landy was the beginning of one amazing, intelligent and extremely funny saga that I can’t wait to finish. I don’t even know why I am still prejudiced towards stories in the ‘children literature’ genre when some of my favorite books like Harry Potter and The Lie Tree started there.         If I have to be perfectly honest I would have never bought or sat to read these series if it wasn’t for my fiance. He was gifted the first book for his 25th birthday(a children’s book for a 25-year-old, yep, you got that right) and he was in love with its humor and its action-packed plot. So he kept talking and talking about it for a long time and I decided to…

Review: The Lie Tree
All , Children Literature , Fantasy , Mystery / December 14, 2017

Title: The Lie Tree Author: Frances Hardinge Genre: Children Fantasy Publication date: 2015 Summary: The leaves were cold and slightly clammy. There was no mistaking them. She had seen their likeness painstakingly sketched in her father’s journal. The Tree of Lies. Now it was hers, and the journey he had never finished stretched out before her. When Faith’s father is found dead under mysterious circumstances, she is determined to untangle the truth from the lies. Searching through his belongings for clues she discovers a strange tree. A tree that feeds off whispered lies and bears fruit that reveals hidden secrets. But as Faith’s untruths spiral out of control, she discovers that where lies seduce, truths shatter…      I stumbled upon The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge in a second-hand book store while browsing for an undervalued books to add to my never-ending home library(most books there are still waiting to be read, if you must know but that’s another story). What grabbed my attention was the weird cover and the mystery-infused summary. And that was just the tip of the iceberg.      When I first opened the book I was on the defense since I read it is a children’s…