- File Size: 1209 KB
- Print Length: 410 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins (February 22, 2011)
- Publication Date: February 22, 2011
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003VIWNSU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,972 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Skulduggery Pleasant (Skulduggery Pleasant series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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|Age Level: 8 - 12|
|Grade Level: 5 and up|
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Skulduggery was... interesting. I liked his personality and how he and Stephanie got along. Seriously the quick, witty banter between the two of them was the best part of the book. I was a bit weirded out by the fact that he's a 100+ year old skeleton and he's hanging out with a 12 year old. That's weird right? Sure nothing weird went on with them but it was a bit odd.
I didn't enjoy the story as much as I thought I would. I'm always a fan of "hidden world"/save the world books so I should have liked this book. Something just never completely clicked for me. The mythos of the story was a bit too new age-y. Maybe it wasn't new age-y per se but that's the vibe I was getting from it. I kind of got in to the habit of skimming over sections where they went into details about the ancient one and the stone. Basically the mythos wasn't for me but it was done well.
It starts out with the death of and uncle and mysterious things happening to our protangonist. I rolled, my eyes, this seemed too much like half of the YA wizard/magical books out on the market, but the style was very readable so I pushed on. Once I got to chapter three, I was hooked. While the first chapter was pretty common, everything else was original. A walking, talking skeleton. This seemed like it was written for TV judging by the banter, but it was funny. This book brought back what I have been looking for, wich was a tight knit group of people that are witty, but do not totally trust ech other, and an orignal take on a fantasy world.
The only thing that bothered me was the fact that some minor characters were very forgettable, and sometimes tjose characters came back to play a big part, causing me to think, "Who the heck are yo...ohhh." The parent-kid relationship wasn't very strong either. And then there was the cheesiness in names. However, if you are looking for a series that is fresh, original, and filled to bursting with all kinds of questionable characters, Go on and try the first one.
Skulduggery Pleasant is the first in a new series featuring Stephanie and the skeletal detective. It's easy to imagine a successful string of books following from this introduction: more magic and monsters; Stephanie's exploration of Skulduggery's world and of her own abilities; the "normal" world's incomprehension of and even hostility toward magic. There are some superficial similarities between Landy's story and the Harry Potter books: a pre-teen protagonist with as yet unrealized powers and some kind of magical birthright is thrust into a supernatural realm that exists alongside our own reality. But the world Landy has created is not as complex as the Potter universe, and his characters are unlikely to inspire debate among adult readers about their motivations. But unfair comparison with Rowling's oeuvre aside, Landy's Skulduggery is a well-written and above all charming book. What makes it shine is the playful interaction between Skulduggery and Stephanie:
"You can't leave me alone," she said, following him into the living room.
"No," he corrected, "I can. You'll be perfectly safe."
"The front door's off!"
"Well, yes. You'll be perfectly safe as long as they don't come through the front door."
He pulled on his coat, but she snatched his hat away.
"Are you taking my hat hostage?" he asked doubtfully.
The relationship is fun to watch because of the banter and because Skulduggery, while the older of the two by far, is not above being childishly irresponsible. Landy also occasionally ratchets up the tension. There are a great many fight scenes, with the good guys using their various powers to combat different sorts of monsters. But the best bit of suspense--it certainly got my 11-year-old excited about the book--comes near the beginning of the story, when Stephanie so unwisely spends the night alone in Gordon Edgley's creepy mansion. You know that can't end well....
Landy's Skulduggery won't assume the Potter mantle--if such a thing were even possible--but it is highly readable and funny, a charming page-turner for the YA crowd.
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