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Review: Demon Road by Derek Landy

Demon Road

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Summary

CW’s: Violence, Gore, Fatphobic Comments (challenged)

Full of Landy’s trademark wit, action and razor sharp dialogue, DEMON ROAD kicks off with a shocking opener and never lets up the pace in an epic road-trip across the supernatural landscape of America. Killer cars, vampires, undead serial killers: they’re all here. And the demons? Well, that’s where Amber comes in…Sixteen years old, smart and spirited, she’s just a normal American teenager until the lies are torn away and the demons reveal themselves.

Forced to go on the run, she hurtles from one threat to another, revealing a tapestry of terror woven into the very fabric of her life. Her only chance rests with her fellow travellers, who are not at all what they appear to be…

Trenn Kopie

Review

“I know you’ve got your guns and you’re really good at being horrible to people, but do you seriously think you can threaten him?” 
Milo frowned. “I’m not horrible to people.”
“Really? You really don’t think you’re horrible to people?”
“No,” he said, a little defensively. “I’m nice. Everyone says it.”
“Oh man,” said Amber. “People have lied to you. Like, a lot.” 

😈 Amber was refreshing protagonist, even though I didn’t 100% connect to her. I only about 75% connected with her, which means that I still liked her. Amber definitely made me relate to her, when she talks about online friendship and how she hardly has any friends in real life. She’s active online in the fandom to a favorite show of hers and it was so pure to see her chat with her online friends. I also found it very relatable that she was affronted that she could not have wi-fi when their road trip started, because how dare you. Later Amber used Milo’s ipad to go online, but since she was on the run she always had to be careful not to leave anything traceable. Amber generally was a complex character and I felt very terribly sorry for her, because her parents had always been cold to her and there were not many people in her immediate environment that showed her any kind of comfort and love. She is also constantly judged for her weight, as Amber is fat and I wanted to murder these people commenting on her appearance. I did like that Amber was also calling out sexism and scared this one sexist guy to death #go girl. When it came to her demon self she struggled between its beauty, power bur also dangerous carefree influence and staying herself, which I loved to read about. However, I didn’t always connect with her, especially as I would have been way more freaked out by this entire disaster she had gotten herself into. At times throughout the plot I felt like she was not as emotional about horrible things happening, as I would have been. I also didn’t get why she was being quite distanced and sometimes mean to Glen, especially when he was really sad. Later that improved though.

😈 Milo was my favorite character and turned into the ultimate Dad. I really liked him, as he was a complex and also mysterious character, that I immediately wanted to know more about. He really is this strange guy at first that you don’t know much about, which later of course gets revealed bit by bit. I loved his dry sense of humor and his calm, smart character. It’s rather hard to describe him, because Milo was such a great character, that really could call the shots. He was a great protector and knew lots of things, you definitely had to try hard to knock him out. He’s got a softer side to him as well, and you cannot tell me that he did not adopt Amber and Glen accidentally. Milo would definitely make a great dad for them and take in this stray children, even if he’s not showing too many emotions. He can hardly deny that Glen didn’t grow on him as well. Amber definitely did, even though he was first technically hired to help her. Later he did it voluntarily, because he did care about her.

😈 I couldn’t help but love Glen, he’s like a stray puppy. He was a bit weird at first, but he never really means any harm, so you cannot help but begging to like him. Glen definitely is the comedic factor in the book as he is constantly talking and entertaining the reader with his carefree, naive attitude. Of course Milo and Amber frequently got annoyed with him for talking so much and not realizing when he was no longer interesting, but I personally really liked him. I felt thoroughly sorry for Glen, especially as he did have a vulnerable side among all this humor and really just wanted to have a place to belong. As irritable as he was, Glen definitely didn’t deserve all the things he went through, as he really was a decent guy after all.

😈 I loved seeing the dynamics and SASS. Like I’ve said I loved Milo and Amber’s relationship, because it was very different from what you usually see. Milo is in his 40s and quite obviously kind of becomes her dad, let’s be real, he would be way better than Amber’s actual parents. I liked seeing their exchanges and all the sass, because I love humor so much. Both have definitely grown closer and I loved seeing that precious hug, because Amber definitely needs a nice parent figure after the disaster of her own family. The dynamic between Amber and Glen was also interesting, as she quite grew to love him, despite being annoyed with him a lot. I didn’t always get why she was so distanced towards him, but I liked that there was no real romance involved, apart from that tiny hint. I do love my romance, but it’s refreshing to read a book without it.

😈 Obviously I loved to read about demons & deals. I’m a huge fan of books featuring demons (hello Supernatural), therefore I had been excited to start Demon Road from the very beginning. I was not disappointed, especially as I love seeing a unique spin on demons. The demons here are mostly made through deals with the big leader demon, but Amber herself is one of the few born demons, making her stronger. Basically her parents and their friends deal involved making children and eating them, which is pretty disturbing. They can also turn into their demon persona on purpose or especially when they are feeling strong emotions. Amber’s demon self has horn and red skin and I believe that each demon looks a bit different. Another element that I liked was the Demon Road, a network of black roads that Milo’s car The Charger can navigate. The roads lead to everything supernatural and have to be found, as not everyone is aware of them. Apart from demons there were also ghosts, vampires and witches! I’m curious to see if there are going to be more supernatural creatures in the sequel!

😈 I was totally digging the Road Trip vibe,  but overall the book felt too long. This is hand down the best Road Trip book that I have read. Overall this was great fun and I like that they actually did some driving and travelling, as the last “road trip book” I read didn’t involve a lot of that. This could be the perfect read for you, if you’re craving a book about a supernatural road trip with murder-y parents on the main characters trail. I really liked the plot in general, as it was suspenseful. Amber could never really relax, as her parents were hot on their trail and could appear every minute. Therefore, I really was on edge the entire time, because I knew that something terrible was pound to happen. Not only her parents were a danger but serial killer ghosts, vampires and evil witches as well. The only downside was that I felt 500 were too long for the story. It didn’t drag or anything and I was not bored, but there were a few details that I did not need to read about. I’m talking about a few descriptions of their journey, which were a bit too frequent and long.

IN CONCLUSION: Demon Road was right up my alley and a great Urban Fantasy read about demons and lots of other supernatural creatures. It had humor, lovable, flawed characters and a great road trip. I felt like the book was too long at times, but nevertheless, I am very excited to dive into the sequel.

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Have you read Demon Road? Who is your favorite character? 😈

 

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