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Dark Days by Derek Landy
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Oct 24, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: set-in-ireland, skulduggery-pleasant, stolen-off-dave, vampires, witches-and-sorcerors, read-in-2011

Wow! This is easily my favourite Skulduggery pleasant book so far. There was just something about this that the other books lacked. The pace just felt right whereas in the previous 2 books especially, I felt that there hadn’t been time for me to take a breath and analyse the goings on. The writing is improving with every book, although I still find that the fight scenes can still get jumbled. I liked knowing more about the evil plot and yet I didn’t know enough to scream at the book what they had to do to save the day. It made me appreciate how complex the story is and how many plotlines that the author is weaving together.

Some really interesting things happen with the main characters because Skulduggery isn’t in the first ¼ of this book because of how book 3 ended. This means we get to see Valkyrie step up to the plate and be the leader instead of the sidekick. I am so pleased she got the chance as it made me love her even more. I’ve been wondering if she was capable of taking responsibility for her actions and she is which is definitely a good thing. Both Tanith and Fletcher Renn have bigger roles in this book due to Skulduggery being unable to help with their first mission. Fletcher in particular is a god addition as he’s so funny and has memorable hair. As a character he’s a grower, but once he’s done that you won’t be able to hate him.

Overall this is the book that has truly convinced me that books like Skulduggery Pleasant are the way forward for kids nowadays. It blends together lots of different elements and that really adds depth to the book and makes it more widely accessible to girls and boys. The cliff hanger at the end just had me in shock. I hadn’t seen it coming and now I have to persuade my brother to hand over book five so I can find out what happens next. If you’ve only read the first three books because the flow was off then I recommend you carry on. This book really hots up the series.


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Reading Progress

October 24, 2011 – Shelved
October 24, 2011 –
0.0% "Gonna steal this once my brother has finished it. :P"
October 26, 2011 – Started Reading
October 27, 2011 –
page 218
October 28, 2011 – Shelved as: set-in-ireland
October 28, 2011 – Shelved as: skulduggery-pleasant
October 28, 2011 – Shelved as: stolen-off-dave
October 28, 2011 – Shelved as: vampires
October 28, 2011 – Shelved as: witches-and-sorcerors
October 28, 2011 – Shelved as: read-in-2011
October 28, 2011 – Finished Reading

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