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Playing with Fire (Skulduggery Pleasant #2)

4.31  ·  Rating Details  ·  16,226 Ratings  ·  875 Reviews
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Paperback, 368 pages
Published April 1st 2008
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Kimberley doruyter
this one shows a bit of landy's very desturbing amagination.

i love all the skulduggery pleasant books so much i can read them anytime
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
This is a crazy book series, but I like that about it. A lead character who is a sorcerer whose body is skeletal. A thirteen-year-old girl who stays out all night fighting evil creatures and sends her reflection to school as a stand in. Heinous, and I do mean heinous villains who don't mind exploding people, along with psychopathic assassins with Southern accents who can dig through the ground and who have a favorite straight razor. Yup. That's what this book is about.

I think that this one is a
Cait (Paper Fury)
Woah. This series. I REALLY REALLY LIKE IT, OKAY? I may flail....but I will attempt logicalness. Because I am kind like that.

I listened to this on audio and I can't recommend it enough! It's narrated by a dude with an Irish accent and...can I say: BEST ACCENT IN THE WORLD?!! It was wonderful to listen too and the voices for different characters were perfection. It also went really fast. I listened to it all in just a few days.

These books are downright hilarious. If I can only ask for two thing

Like the first Skulduggery Pleasant novel, Playing With Fire is an enigma to me. I know that Derek Landy was aiming to write a children's fiction novel. I know that children's fiction at its best should appeal to a variety of age groups - that it should not be static, unforgiving or patronising. However, the enigma is that Landy's novel is one which is, fractured and unstable. I welcome the use of a fascinating female lead (I call her the lead as, through her perspective, we see various changes
Temi Panayotova
Jan 04, 2016 Temi Panayotova rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Борбата срещу злите сили продължава и в тази част. Стефани или вече по известна като Валкирия Каин и Скълдъгъри Плезънт трябва да се изправят срещу верните на Безликите, които искат отново да ги събудят и сложат край на света. Разбира се, нашите така смели и забавни герои намират и невъзможни начини да ги победят и да спрат идването на Безликите. И разбира се това не е краят - почвам 3-тата част...
Втората част ми се стори леко по-слаба от първата, но въпреки всичко тази поредица се очертава като
Jul 06, 2012 Sam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After listening on Audio to the first book in the ‘Skulduggery Pleasant’ series I couldn’t wait to read the second. The first book was funny, magical and full of adventure, and this one also delivers all of those things. I love the soundtrack and special effect sounds on the audio book, it really sets the scene and makes the story more exciting! In the first book there were so many laugh out loud moments but I didn’t feel like there were as many in this one. I still really love the banter betwee ...more
Деница Райкова
Приключи и втората ми среща с детектива-скелет.
И категорично мога да кажа, че беше още по-интересна от първата. Едва ли казвам нещо ново, но понякога първата книга от една поредица, особено когато е толкова завладяваща още с първите си страници, поражда високи очаквания, които не се оправдават в следващата книга. Тук обаче, за щастие, не е така. "Да играеш с огъня" е още по-напрегната, още по-наситена и изпълнена с действие, и още по-страховита.
Едно от нещата, които много ми хареса, е бързото р
Oct 30, 2015 Abby rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If books were food, Skulduggery Pleasant would be a chocolate-covered gummy bear.
Allow me to elaborate. At first, the idea of a chocolate-covered gummy bear sounds weird and a little gross. But in reality, although it is weird, it is completely delicious. In the same way, the idea of Skulduggery Pleasant is weird and unappealing: the hero is a skeleton sorcerer. Gross. But once you taste it, you discover how delightfully fun it is. Don't get me wrong, it isn't very good for you. In fact, consume
Feb 04, 2015 Gemma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's like Doctor Who and Harry Potter had a love child
RJ McGill
Jan 09, 2015 RJ McGill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone!
Wow - What Fun!

Moving forward in her apprenticeship to Skulduggery, Valkrie Cain (aka Stephanie Edgley) has made great strides, but has a great deal left to learn. Skulduggery's old nemesis, Baron Vengeous and his band of legendary monsters, known as the Grotesguery are determined to release the Faceless Ones and destroy the world. Of course, the oh' so cool, ultra chic, quick witted wizard stands in their way.

The story takes off when the Baron escapes from what was reportedly an inescapable pr
Jul 03, 2016 Jovana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What it's trying to do, it does amazingly. Fun, funny, adventurous, unusual, kick-ass characters, good vilains, everything a classically entertaining book has and so much more (also more female). No time to breathe, too, an amazing thing to have :D
I may be subjective with the stars, but i dont give a flying fuck, this was amazing :D
Jun 12, 2015 Tamara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Auch das 2. Abenteuer rund um Skulduggery Pleasant & Walküre Unruh hat mich vollends überzeugt. Derek Landy erschafft sehr unterhaltsame Geschichten. Skulduggery Pleasant ist einfach Kult und die Schurken stehen ihm in Nichts nach. 5 Sterne plus!!!
Feb 01, 2016 Wickedshizuku rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Middle School
Recommended to Wickedshizuku by: Goodreads
I'm excited to be able to read this series! The first book was excellent and I have Brooks from One Piece pop into my head. I find it so humorous, because to me I can positively say that this wouldn't seem strange to me...
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For some reason it seems that the villains are funnier than the protagonists. You're definitely in for a good laugh while reading this installment.
Jan 01, 2015 Erik rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bože, to bolo zase niečo! Akože fakt, som si ani na chvíľu nevydýchol, Derek Landy mi jednoducho nedal šancu! Akože vôbec.
Áno, Luu mala pravdu, že je to kúsok slabšie ako jednotka, ale to len preto, že tu nie sú žiadne mindshattering odhalenia a v podstate je nám už svet známy a --vraj-- v trojke a štvroke to zasa rozbaľuje úplne šialene!
Takže ja sa idem hneď pustiť do ďalšieho dielu! To sa proste inak ani nedá.
Nov 26, 2009 Qt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another thrilling adventure with Skulduggery, and a delicious sequel to the first :-) More freaky bad guys than you can shake a stick at, lots of action and magic, and plenty of humor made this another really fun ride. I'm looking forward to the third!
Dec 01, 2010 Davonp rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Davon Pritchard
Playing With Fire By Derek Landy
Can you imagine being a person with special powers having to fight crime every day until your life is done or if you lose it in a fight? If you do then you can imagine how Valkrie feels wanting to be like all the other kids but just knowing she can’t. Playing with fire by Derek Landy is one of the best books you will ever read about a powerful girl. Valkrie is a girl with special powers to stop crime. She can’t likes being with her best fr

I enjoyed this story but not nearly as much as the first book and not nearly as much as I'd hoped. While Landy's talent as a writer is still evident, and I still love the characters of Skulduggery and Valkyrie (and some of the new ones are very interesting! I think my "favorite" is Billy Ray Sanguine), I felt this story lacked the sparkle and wit of the first one. It focused more on action sequences and less on character development and dialogue. The action sequences are well written as
Deborah O'Carroll
Another scary, action-packed fantasy tale in modern Dublin with Skulduggery Pleasant the skeleton detective!

But most importantly, containing numerous witty lines (by Skulduggery himself, naturally) and lots of humorous banter between him and Valkyrie, because THAT'S what I really read these books for! ;)

I don't think I liked it quite as much as the first one, but it was gripping and I find myself rather glad that it's a book instead of a movie because with a book, it's just the words and imagi
Oct 25, 2015 Eileen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Playing with Fire was maybe not as good as Skulduggery's first adventure, however I absolutely enjoyed reading it.
I just love Skulduggery and Valkyrie so much.
I also like how every book is full of action and adventures, there's literally no time to take a breath and relax.
I cannot wait to read the third book in the series!
Apr 17, 2016 Lluxita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Още се смея на глас, тая поредица си играе с психическото ми здраве...
Mar 31, 2016 I'mogén rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I give this a 2.5 star rating.

I forgot how funny Landy's writing can be, and he really proved that from the get go, when I read his dedications. Now, although I really found this book to be funny, witty and action packed, it was strangely very slow going for me, in terms of me deciding when to pick it up again, to continue reading... It just hardly happened. I didn't feel drawn to it and felt myself getting distracted and not very gripped when I was reading, although I could easily read a lot of
Katri Mei
Jul 10, 2016 Katri Mei rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Цялото ревю -
Приключението на малката Стефани, носеща вече името Валкирия Каин, за да се защитава чрез него от магическото влияние на други магьосници, продължава с все сила. Детективът-скелет въвлича младата си помощничка във все повече и повече неприятности, макар в първата книга да твърдеше, че тя сама си ги навлича. Скълдъгъри винаги е отговорният, виновният и...все него го гледат на криво.

И във втората книга от поредицата - "Да играеш с огъня" (Студ
Yzabel Ginsberg
Still unsure as to what I should make of this series.

I sort of enjoyed the book, because of a few good ideas that could turn into great plot points later (especially the part about the reflection). Also, Tanith. She's mostly Action Girl and little else, but I like her no matter what.

I think I have a hard time reconciling the juvenile writing style with the dark themes and gory scenes (one of the villains kills people by causing them to explode; another one uses a razor blade that leaves permanen
Feb 04, 2009 Jamieson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stephanie Edgley has been having a rough time as of late.

After her uncle’s death, twelve-year-old Stephanie meets Skulduggery Pleasant, a fast-talking, snappy dressing detective who just happens to be a walking, talking skeleton. He tells Stephanie that she is directly descendant from the Ancients, people who used control magic.

Under Skulduggery’s tutelage, Stephanie’s skills have grown. She is an Elemental, able to control Air, Earth, Water and Fire to her will. While still not as skilled as Sk
The Flooze
Playing with Fire, the second in the Skulduggery Pleasant series, is not as dynamic as the first installment.

The dialogue isn’t as snappy. The plot, while fast-moving, isn’t as cohesive. In addition, the main theme - preventing the return of the old gods known as the Faceless Ones - reminds me of Simon R. Green’s Secret Histories series. This last is almost a moot point since Landry’s target audience is the younger set; they won't make the connection. But since I’m an adult who reads heaps of U
I love these stories and I love the narrator! He breaths so much life and character into each role that it's a feast for the ears!

One of the best things about this series is that the characters continue to grow with each installment. Yes, there are the adventures that are self-contained to each book, but the character arcs play on the tales that went before (as do the overall situations of the magical world). Thus, the tales never feel repetitive, and I'm always excited to see what Valkyrie will
Emily Mead
I didn't like it as much as the first one - I guess maybe there were just TOO many characters and TOO many fighting scenes and it was just TOO plot-drive (I like contemporary YA because of the characters, and I guess this is a case of "it's not you, it's me").

Still, I do want to keep reading the series :)
Barbara ★
This is a very similar story to the first book. Nefarian Serpine may be dead but another bad guy, Baron Vengeous has risen to take his place in the quest to free the Faceless Ones. In the short time they've been partners, Valkyrie Cain and Skulduggery Pleasant fight surprisingly well together and as usual, the interplay between them is very funny - a slapstick-type humor. As a children's book, it seems to be overly violent from the first chapter all the way through the end.

I listened to the fir
Yuli Atta
Jul 24, 2016 Yuli Atta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this one was better than the first book because there was more action and I like when I read about good battles ^^
Anyway, this series is very addictive.
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Derek Landy is an Irish writer and screenwriter. In addition to the bestselling children's/YA series of Skulduggery Pleasant books, a supernatural mystery series starring Skulduggery Pleasant, a skeleton detective, and Valkyrie Cain, a young female magician, he has written two screenplays that have been made into films: the IFTA award winning "Dead Bodies" and the IFTA nominated "Boy Eats Girl". L ...more
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“Are you going to shoot me?' Vengeous sneered. 'I wouldn't be surprised. What would a thing like you know about honor? Only a heathen would bring a gun to a sword fight.'

And only a moron would bring a sword to a gunfight.”
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