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American Monsters (Demon Road #3)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  975 Ratings  ·  139 Reviews

The epic conclusion in the mind-blowing supernatural thriller from bestselling author DEREK LANDY, creator of international sensation Skulduggery Pleasant.

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 a

Paperback, 362 pages
Published March 9th 2017 by HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks (first published August 25th 2016)
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Aug 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would like to thank HarperCollins UK, Children's & Derek Landy for my copy of the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I've loved The Demon Road Trilogy it has been an awesome series, I just don't know how I feel about the last book. Yeah, it was good but it took me a while to get into it and I found some of it to be pretty boring which made feel detached from it so for that I give it 3.5 stars.

It follows on from the last book Amber now being The Shinning Demons Representative and looks li
May 20, 2016 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Cover Reveal (05/20/2016):

Started from the bottom and now we're below zero and in the minuses. Dear god these covers just get worse. It's like watching a car crash.
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, jugendbuch
Das wird eine etwas ungewöhnliche Rezension für mich - denn obwohl mir die Rahmenhandlung um die dämonische Amber, ihren Begleiter Milo und die teuflischen Gegenspieler auf ihre rasante Art super gefällt, hat Derek Landy viele Botschaften in seiner Geschichte, die mir wirklich wichtig sind und mir aus dem Herzen sprechen. Deshalb möchte ich euch hier zeigen, dass man auch in so einer bissigen, actiongeladenen und auch brutalen Unterhaltungsreihe sehr viel Tiefgang finden kann!

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Stef White
-_- dissappointing. This series had so much potential but it just completely failed. The first book was great but the other 2 have just lacked in comparison.
Emma♔☯ (Bookishfix)
The last book of the Trilogy *sigh* I hate when a series comes to an end, especially when i've enjoyed the books so much, i'm always left wanting more than i've been given. Travelled along with these characters was such a fun, wild fast paced ride, and i literally dont know what im going to do now thats its come to an end.

Starting off where the last book finished, Amber is now the Shining demons representative. Her connection with Kelly has broken down due to her new job, and Milo is still by he
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018
This is probably more like a 4,5 stars. I really enjoyed the series and I actually liked the third book the most, which is something that usually never happens. But I honestly enjoyed the characters so much more in this one, because I feel like especially Amber has grown so much and I liked her a lot more than I did in the previous books.

I also feel like Derek Landy has finally managed to break away from Skulduggery Pleasant a bit. You know I really tried to go into this series without comparing
ABookishGift Reviews (Max)
***4.5 STARS***

Derek Landy always comes out with something new and original, never fails at his stories, always keeps on coming out with the best and only the best. His characters are flawless, I love the stories and the dialogue. Oh, and the plot of this series, the plots, are just amazing and I love them. Milo Sebastian is such a great character, showing the good and bad in every character and showing that there are some redeeming qualities to make up for the bad things that he has done with h
Dave Taylor
Ahhh! I can't believe it's over, what a great read. I couldn't put this one down, such a great road trip.
One of the fastest paced roller coaster journeys of the imagination I have been on.
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Video review (including a spoiler discussion!):

Thank you to the publishers and author to allow me to read this in exchange for an honest review, via Netgalley.

American Monsters was brilliant and a fantastic end to the Demon Road trilogy! The books got better and better as they went on, with the first being a 4 star read for me, the second a 4.5 star and the final a 5 star read. These books have been amazing!

Amber was so kick arse in this final book but we see she's s
Sep 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I honestly can’t remember when I’ve last read a trilogy (or series) of books so close together. The only reason I didn’t read the whole Demon Road trilogy in one go was because American Monsters wasn’t published when I started Demon Road.

So what’s the conclusion like? Well I preferred American Monsters to Desolation. The focus of the story has returned to Amber, the narration not shifting to other characters. For me, I think this works better. Amber’s character has grown a lot since Demon Road a
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
... I don't know what to say. The perfect ending but not without its cruelty. Derek Landy is both a God and a horrible Goddamn demon.
The story is absolutely fantastic, character development and interaction entertaining and thrilling just as the last two. I do think this one is my favourite in the trilogy, incredible. The ending leaves you wanting more though, and I am just going to impatiently wait here until more is announced to come because you cannot leave me there.

There were parts I had orig
~I received a copy from HarperCollins NZ in exchange for an honest review~

Amber Lamont takes complicated to a whole new level as she becomes the Shining Demon, Astaroth's representative, and together with her companion Milo Sebastian and her ghost of a friend Glen she takes up her most dangerous quest yet as she seeks a way to defeat her parents once and for all, double-cross the Shining Demon, and escape alive.

American Monsters certainly isn't uninteresting, but I think there's a lot more room
Emily Rennie
Sep 01, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq
Ok. My immediate thought after finishing this was 'that's it?'. So many things seemed to be completely unresolved by the end of this trilogy. It all felt so rushed. I understand there was a tight deadline for completing this book, but it really shows.

Amber went from hating her image to liking it, simply because Kelly fancies her. Amber's character felt completely random in this, and so different to how she previously was in Demon Road. She's suddenly treating everybody like dirt.

Too many chara
Nov 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-read-2016
Full review to come but lets have some closing comments shall we?

As the final book in the Demon Road Trilogy I was ready to finish this story, although I was worried, as I had mixed feelings about Desolation but American Monsters was amazing!
The characters were amazing and the story was finished perfectly. I will admit that I cried like a child near the end during my lunch break at work ( that was embarrassing!) but everything was mostly tied up.
there are a few things that aren't resolved but
Kristy ▪ The Reader Dragon
I never thought it possible, but Derek Landy has let me down. This whole book felt so rushed, and the ending was very anticlimactic.

Don't get me wrong, a lot of stuff happened, but I just found myself.. not caring. The story jumped all over the place a bit with so many different little story arcs, but somehow Derek managed to tie them all together, albeit somewhat messily. I just have so many unanswered questions!!

I in no way disliked this book. I admire Derek Landy. He is to me what J.K. Rowli
Jul 17, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I don't know, I still really like Amber and Milo, and the action and humor is still fucking perfect, but so much of the story was wasted on Amber being unnecessarily nasty to Milo (and everyone else). Plus, the plot felt really fragmented with a lot of stuff that were great on their own but just didn't fit the story or didn't work when put together, and a lot of the "shocking" reveals and death didn't work at all (I am legitimately angry angry about some of the deaths in this book).

Full review i
Anastasia Alén
Aug 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Derek Landy, fans of strong female characters
Shelves: 5-stars
Now THAT was a road trip!

& it was my kind of a road trip. You know. One with demons, vampires, monsters and with a nice mix of horror and gore...and a touch of humor. What a great trilogy!
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, lgbtqia

Oh, boy was this a let-down.

I liked Demon Road. I thought Desolation was pretty great. But this book was veeeery bad.

The whole thing felt pretty rushed. It also felt like Derek had tried to cram in EVERY PLOT POINT POSSIBLE into what is actually a fairly short book, and it didn't work. Dozens of new subplots cropped up, diverted the story for a few dozen pages and then were resolved, which meant that the main plot - catching Amber's parents and somehow getting out of her contract with Astaroth
4.5/5 Stars

One way or another...

this ends tonight.

It's all going to hell...

American Monsters
is another book I've been heavily anticipating for most of the year. Landy's sexy, supernatural horror trilogy has been spectacular, and the final entry doesn't disappoint. Showcasing his spectacular skills at blending the severe with the comedic, American Monsters gives us more of what we love of the series while sadly also wrapping it up.


I've made this comparison before, but it's more than apt: If
All i'm gonna say?; Cheap ending. Cheap god damn ending
Mar 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quality Rating: Four Stars
Enjoyment Rating: Four Stars

◆ Thanks to NetGalley and Harper Collins for this eBook copy for review ◆

So the Demon Road trilogy has been a bit of a rollercoaster for everyone, I think. Personally, I'm happy I read it and it's strengthened my desire to read anything Derek comes up with. It's definitely not perfect and not what a lot of people were expecting, but considering there was so much to live up to after Skulduggery I think it's been a worthwhile ride.

I admit horro
Olga Miret
Nov 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To Hell and Back. An ending worthy of the series. Thanks to Harper Collin’s Children and to Net Galley for providing me with an ARC copy of this novel that I voluntarily reviewed.
I’ve followed with interest Derek Landy’s series of The Demon Road Trilogy, and the evolution of Amber, the main character. If it’s true that adolescence is a difficult time, try it when your parents are demons planning on eating you when you become sixteen to increase their power, and you’ll see that Amber’s circumstan
Bruce Gargoyle
I received a copy of this title from HarperCollins Australia for review.

Ten Second Synopsis:
Amber and Milo are on the road again, trying to hunt down Amber's parents while also acting as Astaroth's representative. When an opportunity arises for a double-cross, Amber must keep her cards close to her chest or risk death and eternal torment.

This is a finale that really does the series justice. I am so glad that Landy didn't fall into the trap of trying to draw the ending out as long as possible whi
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A disappointing finish to an ultimately disappointing trilogy. Landy's Skulduggery Pleasant books are among my Favourites Of All Time, so I've been saddened this year a) by Resurrection, the unexpected Skulduggery book 10 that should never have happened, and b) by this book. I quite liked Demon Road (book 1), and I actually really enjoyed Desolation(book 2), but not this.

It just felt ever more like washed-out Skulduggery. Amber more or less IS Valkyrie, and the two series explore the EXACT SAME
Aug 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants an interesting read and doesn't mind horror and violence.
Ok so this book was good. Like really good but what stopped me from giving it five stars was the deaths. Soooo many deaths. Of nice characters too. Well some of them were nice.
Also the ending was a bit anticlimactic. And I get that it's hard to close off a series. I mean you have been building up to a finale were Amber may or may not kill her parents, cheat Astaroth and drive away happily with Milo. A finale were every single one of Amber's friends could die and she could be stuck as Astaroth's
Kirsty Stanley
Excellent conclusion. But ... *quietly sobs*.
Sep 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing as per usual. I hope he's still writing bc Derek Landy is my absolute fave and I adore every single character he creates (even the evil ones lol) I need more pls
My God, I can't believe this is over. I devoured this last book, and now what am I supposed to do ? Why do I have the feeling I'll never love a book series as much as I did with Demon Road?

It's just an amazing series. I've read several, but this one is the only that felt like there was a real development through each books. What I'm trying to say, is that the series manages to maintain the same twisted, modern horror feeling, while making each book different and full of new surprises. And talkin
Mariyan Zhilanov
This is my first time laying out my thoughts so I can't promise i wont be spoiling something.
For what it was worth I enjoyed my time on the Demon Road. Following Skulduggery Pleasant however, I had set my expectations far too high and as I close the last pages of the book and put it back on my shelf I can't help but feel a bit of a bitter aftertaste in my mouth. While my biggest problem with "Desolation" was in regards to the pacing where the whole book kind of needlessly stretched out the event
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“She's starved herself to conform to the male perception of what makes a woman beautiful. I didn't need to do that. I was comfortable in myself and that's what made me beautiful. I didn't need male approval."
"Uh, neither does Kelly. She's a lesbian.”
“You okay?" Amber asked.
Kelly smiled. "I burned down the first house they kept me in," she said. "Then I took their phone and used it to transfer all their money to different charities...”
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