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Demon Road by Derek Landy

Demon Road

by Derek Landy

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Series: Demon Road Trilogy (1)

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Im Rahmen der Vorableserunde bei büchereule.de durfte ich das Buch lesen. Vielen Dank an dieser Stelle an den Verlag und an Büchereule.

Manch einem wird der Autor bereits bekannt vorkommen. Richtig, Derek Landy hat auch bereits Skulduggery Pleasant geschrieben. Diese Bücher habe ich bisher noch nicht gelesen, doch Band 1 steht bereits in meinem Regal.

Umso gespannter war ich auf Demon Road mit der der Autor eine neue Reihe ins Leben gerufen hat.

Im Alter von 16 Jahren erfährt Amber Dinge, die sie wahrscheinlich nie erfahren wollte. Das ihre Eltern schon immer komisch waren, ist ihr bereits schon früh aufgefallen. Da sie aber mitbekommen hat das ihre Eltern sie verspeisen wollen, erfährt Amber die ganze Wahrheit. Ihre Eltern sind Dämonen. Da Amber abhaut, sind natürlich Ihre Eltern hinter ihr her.

Auf der Flucht wird sie vom mysteriösen Milo begleitet. Er wurde ihr von Imelda, einer Freundin ihrer Eltern, an die Seite gestellt und soll ihr mit der Flucht und der Suche nach einer bestimmten Person helfen. Zuvor ist Amber noch mit den leuchtenden Dämonen in Kontakt getreten. Amber hat jedoch ihre Rechnung ohne ihn gemacht und er macht ihr sozusagen einen Strich durch diese, denn der Dämon lässt sich nicht verarschen.

Ihr Weg für über die Demon Road, welches ein Straßennetz der verschiedensten Orte und schauerlichen Wesen verbindet. Auf ihrem Trip begegnet ihr so manch ein Wesen und immer wieder neue Abenteuer sind zu überstehen.

Wird sie es dennoch schaffen ihre Zielperson zu finden und bleibt die Flucht vor ihren Eltern erfolgreich?

Ich muss gestehen ich hatte am Anfang leichte Schwierigkeiten ins Buch zu kommen. Das hat sich nach einigen Seiten jedoch wieder gelegt. Allerdings ging mir dann mit der Zeit Glen auf den Keks, ein Junge, der Amber eine Zeitlang auf ihrer Reise begleitet hat. Er hatte zwar manchmal recht gute Gedankengänge und Ideen, das war in meinen Augen aber auch schon das einzige.

Amber fand ich jedoch ganz gut. Sie war zwar so manches Mal tollpatschig oder hat einfach nicht nachgedacht. Aber sie wurde in meinen Augen so dargestellt wie ein 16-jähriges Mädel wäre. Milo war eher der verschlossene Typ und hat nicht wirklich viel prei gegeben. Dennoch erfuhr man auch etwas über ihn. Sein Auto jedoch war klasse. Ein Charger, der mal so eben Personen verdaut, das jeden Morgen wieder glänzend da steht und alle Spuren eines Unfalls nicht mehr besitzt.

Auf ihrer Reise ist Amber so manch ein Wesen über den Weg gekommen, angefangen über Vampire bis zu Hexen.

Ihr Road Trip war gut zu lesen. Der Schreibstil des Autors war angenehm und leicht zu lesen.

Das Cover ist passend als Jugendbuch gestaltet. Es zeigt Amber und den Charger, das Auto mit dem Milo und sie unterwegs waren. Die Straße auf der sie steht soll hier sicher die Demon Road darstellen.

Ich bin bereits jetzt schon gespannt wie es mit Amber und Milo im zweiten Band weiter gehen wird.

Wer gerne Bücher von Derek Landy oder Jugendbücher liest, dem empfehle ich dieses Buch.

Ich vergebe 4 Sterne. ( )
  abendsternchen84 | Dec 1, 2017 |
Yes not a bad effort from the man who brought us Skulduggery Pleasant! In this story poor Amber learns something sinister about herself when she is attacked by two guys on her way home from the takeaway shop were she works. She doesn't just defend herself but she annihilates them ans when she tells her parents they are beyond happy. What is going on? They have cared nothing for her in the past and then suddenly she id flavor of the month!
Amber is seriously spooked about what has happened and it only Imelda who sets her straight - Amber is a demon, born of demon parents who have made a pact with the Shining Demon for immortality - they eat their own children! Amber must flee with the help of Milo ( a serial killer who is possessed by his antique car) and Glen, an Irish guty who has been given the mark of death and has only a few days to deliver it to a certain person in the US before he dies himself.
Once again, Landy has woven a complex web of plots and characters. Amber is ok but Milo is not - there is not enough given as to why he is willing to protect Amber - money alone can't be the reason.
Loved Ambers' lame demon parents who are the quintessential fake - we love you but we don't - yuppie type. Be interesting to see how the next book pans out. Not as good as Skulduggery but it kept me engaged. ( )
  nicsreads | Jul 25, 2016 |
This is the first Derek Landy I have read and while it was very readable I felt it could have been more tightly edited. Some of the characters conversations were a little repetitive and the fight scenes sometimes lacked clarity in the action. Overall not a bad start to a series (this is set in the same world as Landy's Skulduggery Pleasant but follows an entirely new set of characters as far as I can tell) and one I will recommend to 12 aged readers.
I have been told that this book is aimed at an older audience than the Skulduggery books but not having read that series I cannot comment whether that is true.
What I can tell you is:
- there is NO sex / sexual situations
- while there is violence I didn't think it horrifying
- there are horror themes (witches / vampires / demons)
- people die
Overall this was less violent than Hunger Games and very much less violent than the Gone series.
Of course the series may well evolve so that information applies only to this first book.
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  SashaM | Apr 20, 2016 |
  johnrid11 | Feb 14, 2016 |
I've never read Landy's Skulduggery Pleasant series so I'm not able to draw many comparisons but as my first taste of the author's work, I was left a tad underwhelmed.

I did rather like the idea of the book. The premise was intriguing, the dark humor was sometimes entertaining and there were lots of references to other popular horror series (though some of these may have gone over the head of a younger reader). Although the story has gory moments, its not as gritty as the likes of Higson's The Enemy or as gruesome as Shan's Demonata. It more has the feel of an episode of Supernatural, which unfortunately leads me to my primary issue.

As a TV show, perhaps this idea would have worked better. As it stood, the novel just felt episodic. Amber and Milo traveled to a town, supernatural stuff happened, they resolved it and left again. This happens several times over the course of the story. While there is a running plot governing their movements, it still just felt as though it had been structured for television as its just not that focused on its goal until around the 85% mark.

The characters were also a mixed bunch. While I liked Milo, I did find him more interesting before his backstory is revealed. Amber also had the capacity to be sympathetic but I was put off by the numerous insults regarding her size (seriously, why do so many complete strangers have to call her fat?). Glen was the worst of the lot. I see him as being one of those characters that readers will either hate or love. Unfortunately, I could not stand him and spent most of the novel hoping that he would meet with an unpleasant accident.

All in all the end of the book did leave me curious to learn what would happen to Amber next but this certainly isn't my favourite YA horror novel. ( )
  ArkhamReviews | Nov 5, 2015 |
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Amber Lamont is a normal sixteen-year-old, but when a shocking encounter reveals a horrifying family secret, Amber is forced to go on the run. Killer cars, vampires, undead serial killers and red-skinned, horned demons - Amber hurtles from on threat to the next, revealing the terror woven into the very fabric of her life.
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The mind-blowing new supernatural thriller from bestselling author DEREK LANDY, creator of international sensation Skulduggery Pleasant.

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…

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The creator of the number one bestselling Skulduggery Pleasant series returns with the story of a girl on the run from everything she loves...and the monsters that await her. For anyone who ever thought their parents were monsters...Amber Lamont is a normal sixteen-year-old. Smart but insecure, she spends most of her time online, where she can avoid her beautiful, aloof parents and their weird friends. But when a shocking encounter reveals a horrifying secret, Amber is forced to go on the run. Killer cars, vampires, undead serial killers and red-skinned, horned demons - Amber hurtles from one threat to the next, revealing the terror woven into the very fabric of her life. As her parents close in behind her, Amber's only chance rests with her fellow travellers, who are not at all what they appear to be...Witty, action-packed and heart-stoppingly thrilling, Demon Road will take you on an epic road-trip across the supernatural landscape of America.… (more)

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