Monday, 16 January 2017

American Monsters (Demon Road #3), by Derek Landy

Hey guys, this is Abi here,
And since I've read yet another book, I feel like I need to do a review, because I'm now three reviews behind!
I was going to do a Writing Update today, but I kind of need to do this review!
So here's my review for the final book in the Demon Road trilogy, American Monsters, by Derek Landy!

American Monsters (Demon Road #3), by Derek Landy
Title: American Monsters
Author: Derek Landy
Genre: Supernatural, Action
Release date: 25th August, 2016 
Pages: 362
Blurb: "Bigger, meaner, stronger, Amber
closes in on her murderous parents
as they make one last desperate
play for power. Her own last hopes
of salvation, however, rest beyond,
vengeance, beyond the abominable
killers- living and dead- that she
and Milo will have to face.

For Amber's future lies in her
family's past, in the brother and
sister she never knew, and the
horrors beyond imagining that
befell them..."

My Thoughts
This was the third and final book in the Demon Road trilogy, and even though it was a good 100 pages less than Desolation, it was just long enough to tie up all the loose ends that Desolation left us with.
And tie it up it did! This book was explosive- not kidding- from the start, all the way to the last chapter.
Now, a big part of this book is about the past histories of Amber's cannibalistic parents, and Amber's siblings, that had been devoured before her. And they may seem disconnected from the rest of the story, but it turns out to be a lot of a bigger part than what it originally seemed, so look out for that.

As for her actual parents, they bobbed up every now and then. They weren't, for the most part, the centre of attention, except for the fact that Amber constantly struggles with where her loyalties lie (I know, right?! Loyalties to her parents? What the hell is happening?) Just read this trilogy, and you will understand.
But they were a big part of the ending, which was good, because they really were what started this trilogy in the first place. And I am glad to report that it really was EPIC and FANTASTIC and SO FAST PACED it was hard to keep up with. (But just fast faced enough, so my eyes were sprinting down the page, it was all so fast paced.)

Another part of this book was about loyalties. Like what side will she choose? And that popped up a bunch of times in this book. There was the time when Amber had to choose between her compassionate human side and her ice-cold distant and powerful should-I-just-rip-them-to-shreds demon side that has showed up many a time throughout this trilogy, and getting increasingly bloody, I might add.

We also got another deadline in this book. A time limit. Just like the first book. Except this time, it's to save the person that Amber loves. If not, she'll die. And if you read my Desolation review, it's a character that was introduced in that book (from the Scooby Doo group, not the older guys).

On to the characters. We only got introduced to two characters, one completely normal, the other completely creepy and shady, the whole she-bang. (We share the same name... completely unrelated... I hope...)
But there wasn't much room for new characters to be honest, because the characters already in the story is absolutely incredible, and sassy and smart... and just so god-damn cool! There was Amber, horns and everything; Milo, Kelly (the one Amber is saving), and Amber's crazy and psychotic parents! All these amazing characters!
They were all in this web-plot of a story where, people fought, died, and then epically got away in the split second, when all seemed lost.
Like in most action stories. Doesn't make the book any less amazing though, because Landy is known for making awesome getaways, though a character nearly always dies.
Still awesome though.

Now, the ending! This ending! Throughout the trilogy, especially in this one, there has been a raise in intensity, leading up to what is seemingly a massive and destructive and life-changing ending. And let me tell you, it absolutely delivered. It had Amber's parents, and Amber's crew, sounding off in this one epic fight. Amber's crew (her and Milo) are risking it all by coming to meet her parents. (She is supposed to be handing over something all powerful to save her girlfriend's life.) (And if you don't get it, read it, because this trilogy is amazing!) But this ending promised to set an end to the trilogy, and I loved it!

But overall, this book promised to be the absolute perfect ending to an already explosive trilogy and it totally delivered! I feel totally and completely good about how it ended, and even though all the characters I loved didn't make it through to the end, it was still a really good read and I totally recommend this trilogy if you want an action packed supernatural trilogy, or if you like Skulduggery Pleasant!

So that was my review of American Monsters, the last book in the Demon Road trilogy! I hope you enjoyed it, and if you want to read this book, or have any thoughts on it, please comment down below!
I hope you have an amazing day, and I will see you all on Wednesday, when I will be reviewing Frostblood, which was also amazing (I'm getting through a lot of good books this month)!

-Abi xxxxx