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The Demonata: Hell’s Heroes by Darren Shan

Hell's Heroes    The Demonata: Hell’s Heroes by Darren Shan

Hell’s Heroes is the tenth and final book in the ten book series The Demonata, his second major Young Adult horror series, after the Cirque du Freak series (also called The Saga of Darren Shan, for anyone outside of the U.S.).

 

There’s always a whole lot riding on the end of a series, particularly ones that are considered long, like The Demonata.  When someone spends a bunch of time and money invested in a story and characters, they want the last time they encounter them to be memorable, right? Sometimes they can fall flat, like the ending of The Pendragon series, and sometimes they can be spectacular, like The Infernal Devices series. However, they often times just kind of end up in the middle, much like the ending to the Harry Potter series (which some thought was a nice ending, but others found to be a little too fast and a little too flat).

I felt like I had more expectations with this book than I normally do going  into a final book in a series, because this series was introducing some really big themes in the last couple books, such as how far should you go to help people before it becomes too big a sacrifice, and just how far should one go before it becomes a pointless effort.

 

The series centers around three teenagers: Grubbs Grady, a magician who has voluntarily fallen under the family curse of lycanthropy, Kernal Fleck, who has the mysterious power to see magical lights (the remnants of the universe that existed before The Big Bang) and can put the pieces together to create windows into the demonic universe, and Bec McConn (I apparently forgot to write her name in the past few posts), a priestess who sacrificed herself to save the human race the first time the demons tried to cross over to her world.  They are all part of a ancient weapon called the Kah-Gash, which is the conscious leftover of the universe before The Big Bang. They originally thought that this weapon could destroy the demon universe, but it was revealed in Dark Calling that it can actually put the universe back to how it was before The Big Bang, which would keep the demons in their separate universe, unable to harm any other creature.

Unless the demons achieve their goal, which would put the original universe back in place, but would allow the demons to become all powerful and destroy the other creatures. It is up to Grubbs, Bec, and Kernal to band together to save what is left of life in this universe and activate the Kah-Gash, thus putting the universe into a state of peace.

The problem is that Grubbs has decided that Earth is the only planet that needs saving and refuses to work with the Ancient Ones, and has blinded Kernal and forced him to help him, while Bec seems to have stopped caring about the human race entirely. Time is running out, and the demons are becoming more powerful by the day. The only chance of survival comes from Grubbs and Kernal convincing Bec to rejoin them, but first they must fight their way through mountains of demons to the center of Lord Loss’s kingdom.

 

I talked earlier about the importance of the final book in the series, and I feel that Hell’s Heroes ended on a very good (and surprisingly positive) note. I feel like it properly tied together all the threads of the series, while providing a good ending to the main characters. And I’m going to be honest, I was getting worried for a bit. There just didn’t seem to be a happy way for this series to end.

 

Rating: 8 out of 10.

 

About Darren Shan’s writing as a whole: I bought the Cirque du Freak series and The Demonata series at the same time, because I thought The Demonata series sounded super interesting, but I had also heard good things about the Cirque du Freak series.  I decided to read Cirque du Freak first because Shan wrote that series first.

That may have not been my best idea.  Cirque du Freak was a really… simple.  I did an in depth review of that entire series last year, so I don’t want to go into it too much, but I had problems with it as a whole.

Though I could see some of the same problems in the first couple of books in The Demonata, the series as a whole seemed better and more thought out. I don’t know if it’s because the different characters narrating the story or if it comes from a more experienced author, but I consider The Demonata miles better than Cirque du Freak.

Of course, that’s my personal opinion. There are many who love Cirque du Freak, and there are good things that come from the series.  There was a snippet from the next book Darren Shan wrote after The Demonata ended, called The Thin Executioner, which has gotten good reviews.

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The Demonata: Dark Calling by Darren Shan

The Demonata   The Demonata: Dark Calling by Darren Shan

 

Dark Calling is the ninth book in the ten book The Demonata series by Darren Shan. Darren Shan is also the author of the Cirque du Freak series (alternatively titled The Saga of Darren Shan for anyone outside of the U.S.), along with some adult horror books. This is his second long running series for teens. He has also written some other horror themed books, including a prequel series for Cirque du Freak called The Saga of Larten Crepsley, and a stand-alone novel based on The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, called The Thin Executioner.

 

The Demonata series has three protagonists, Grubbs Grady, who narrates Lord Loss, Slawter, Blood Beast, Demon Apocalypse, and Wolf Island, the first, third, fifth, sixth, and eighth book in the series, a teen magician also struggling with lycanthropy, Kernel Fleck, who narrates Demon Thief and Dark Calling, the second and ninth books in the series, and has the talent to see mysterious lights that can be put together to make windows to the demon universe, and Bec, who narrates Bec and Death’s Shadow, the fourth and seventh book in the series.  The three of them posses a piece of the mysterious weapon called the Kah-Gash, which they can use to destroy the demon universe.

Well, actually, it’s a little more complicated than that.  Dark Calling is all about the Kah-Gash, and what exactly it’s function in the universe is. Dark Calling picks up about a quarter through Wolf Island.  One of the Ancient Ones, a group of beings older than Earth that have given humans the ability to fight back against the demons, kidnaps Kernel and takes him to an alternate planet to tell him the history of the Ancient Ones and their war against the demons, along with his place in the fight.  They say that everything is coming to a climax, and that the fate of the universe falls into the hands of Kernal, Grubbs, and Bec.

Kernel becomes faced with a choice: does he go through with the Ancient Ones plan? Or does he return home and try to stop his planet from being taken over by demons?

 

An interesting thing about this book is that the first third of it is mostly talking, which feels a little odd in the otherwise action packed series. Not to say it wasn’t interesting, I thought the story of the Ancient Ones was one of the coolest parts of the entire series.  The thing about this book is that it raised the stakes really high for the end of the last book, Hell’s Heroes.  Hopefully, it won’t disappoint.

 

Rating: 7 out of 10.

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The Demonata: Wolf’s Island by Darren Shan

Wolf's Island    The Demonata: Wolf’s Island by Darren Shan

Wolf’s Island is the eight book in the ten book long series The Demonata series by Darren Shan, who also wrote the Cirque du Freak series.  This is the second major book series he has written, also about the supernatural, but while the Cirque du Freak was about vampires, The Demonata is about demons and werewolves.

Also, the first half of the series has been told in a non-linear format, with the first four books told by three different protagonists (Grubbs Grady, Kernel Fleck, and Bec) from different time periods that are all part of the same mystical weapon called the Kah-Gash, which can be used to destroy the entire demon universe.

Lord Loss, Slawter, Blood Beast, Demon Apocalypse and Wolf’s Island are all told from the point of view of Grubbs Grady, a teenager whose parents were killed by demons in an attempt to cure his sister of lycanthropy, a curse that has been affecting his family every since an unfortunate union with a demon thousands of years earlier, and has been affecting Grubbs himself since Blood Beast, the fifth book in the series.

Demon Thief, the second book of the series, was told by Kernal Fleck, a teenager who has the power to see magical lights that could open portals to the demonic universe and is currently in the service of the ancient magician, Beranabus, the reluctant leader of the mage group dedicated to fighting demons, The Disciples.

Bec and Death’s Shadow were told through the point of view of Bec, a young priestess from thousands of years in the past, and sacrificed herself to stop demons from passing through a tunnel. This tunnel was later opened by Grubb’s younger brother, the now deceased Bill-E, thousands of years later, which prompted her soul to take over Bill-E’s body and return to the modern world to once again stop the demons from destroying humanity.

 

Wolf’s Island ties in the story line of the Grady curse, which was a plot point that pretty much only revolved around Grubbs, which is why it makes sense that only his books deal with it (Though Bec did touch on it, as Bec is one of Grubbs ancestors, though she herself was unaffected by the curse). I really did like how this book tied the Lambs and lycanthropy plot points very well, despite the fact that they seemed to have nothing to do with the main plot.

 

This also begins kind of in the middle of Death’s Shadow, which was told in the point of view of Bec, who was attacked by werewolves at the beginning of her book. Bec, along with Grubbs’s uncle, Dervish Grady, and Meera Flame, a family friend meet up with Grubbs, Kernal, and Beranabus, who were off trying to figure out what the uniquely terrifying monster at the end of Demon Apocalypse was. Once Grubbs finds out that someone is using werewolves as attack dogs, he, along with Meera and another Disciple, Shark, decides to leave the group to figure out what was going on.

This leads them to the main complex run by the Lambs, a group of family members that are affected by the Grady curse and try to use science instead of magic to cure it (which in all honesty has done less to cure the werewolves than magic has, but still, it’s a valiant effort). They are also used as executioners for family members whose children have turned.

When they get to the compound, Grubbs and his team find out that the Lambs haven’t quite been honest with what they were doing with the werewolves, and learns that the leader of the Lambs has become involved with demons. While trying to stop him and save members of his family from a horrible fate, Grubbs himself changes to what he was meant to be all along, and learns more about his fate and how it ties into the world around him.

 

This, as did Death’s Shadow, felt like another middle of the series book, though this one had more of an identity than the last one did.  It felt very much like an action adventure, since a good majority of the book was breaking into the Lambs complex and figuring out the plot that went on there. All in all, it was a very enjoyable read.

 

Rating: 7 out of 10.

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The Demonata: Death’s Shadow by Darren Shan

Death's Shadow     The Demonata: Death’s Shadow by Darren Shan

Death’s Shadow is the seventh book in the ten book long series The Demonata by Darren Shan, who also wrote The Cirque du Freak series (called The Saga of Darren Shan in everywhere but America), along with some other teen horror titles.

 

The last book in the series, Demon Apocalypse, hell quite literally broke loose when Lord Loss, the main villain of the series, tried to open a portal that would allow a whole slew of demons to break through into the human’s realm. Grubbs Grady, Kernal Fleck, (both who are protagonists for some of the other books in the series, and are also pieces of the Kah-Gash, a powerful weapon that could destroy the demon universe for good), and Beranabus, the ancient magician, were able to stop him, but not without some sacrifices.

It turns out that Grubbs’s younger half-brother, Bill-E, was the one who activated the tunnel, and the only way it would close was by killing him. However, something strange happened after Bill-E’s death- his body came back to life and was taken over and changed into Bec, the young priestess who stopped the last tunnel from opening thousands of years before, and whose body inhabited the cave ever since. As the third piece of the Kah-Gash,  Bec helped the others push back Lord Loss and the his demon allies, and now has returned to life in the modern world.

 

Death’s Shadow is told in Bec’s point of view, as she tries to adjust to the new modern way of living. However, Dervish, who is Grubbs and Bill-E’s uncle, doesn’t exactly make it easy for her, as the only thing he thinks she’s good for is to reminisce on Bill-E’s life.  Though eventually Bec gets him to come around, but soon after they are attacked by werewolves and are forced to leave Carcery Vale and try and find and help the others against the fearsome monster that appeared in Demon Apocalypse.

 

As well as pushing the plot forward at warp speed, Death’s Shadow also provides the back-story for Beranabus, the ancient and mysterious magician tasked with  preserving humanity against the demons, as well as provided information about the mysterious Kah-Gash and the reasons for its existence.

 

All in really have to say about this book is that it’s another really good “middle book”, the one that more to set up the next one than actually has its own definite plot line. It also provides a whole lot of world building, and highlights one of my favorite character in the series.  Overall, pretty solid piece of work.

 

Rating: 7 out of 10.

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The Demonata: Demon Apocalypse by Darren Shan

Demon Apocalypse   The Demonata: Demon Apocalypse by Darren Shan

Demon Apocalypse is the sixth book in the ten book long series, The Demonata by Darren Shan, who also wrote the very popular vampire book series The Cirque du Freak, also known as The Saga of Darren Shan for anyone not in the States.  The Demonata is a whole lot different than his first series, both stylistically and editorially, which shows his growth as a writer and the risks he is willing to take.  The Demonata is a lot more non-linear than Cirque du Freak was, and it also has a more hopeless vibe to it. It also seems like it is meant for an older age group.

 

Demon Apocalypse picks up right after Blood Beast left off: after Juni Swan, a mage who was dating Grubbs’s uncle/legal guardian, convinces the transforming Grubbs to run from his uncle to escape being executed by the extremist organization: The Lambs, they escape onto a plane headed for freedom– or so Grubbs thought, because it turns out that Juni was on the demons’ side the entire time and has summoned Lord Loss, along with some other demons, onto the plane.

Not his best idea.

Not his best idea.

Scared, Grubbs does his best to fight off the demons, and luckily some familiar faces from the series show up:  Beranabus, an ancient magician who has dedicated his life to finding the Ka-Gash, an ancient weapon that is rumored to be able to destroy the demon universe completely, and Kernal Fleck, a younger mage with the incredible ability to see magical lights that can be put together to make portals to the demon universe. Kernal is another main protagonist of the series, and the second book, Demon Thief, was told through his point of view

They rescue Grubbs and try to convince him to help them in their quest to find the other pieces of the Ka-Gash, but he’s not for it, believing himself to be too much of a coward. However, once new information is revealed about the night that Grubbs and Juni made a break from Carcery Vale, he agrees to helped Beranabus and Kernal to help save his uncle Dervish and his half-brother Bill-E.

After that, the book turns in a race against time to stop the demons from passing through the tunnel that Grubbs and Bill-E accidently dug up in Blood Beast. Stakes are high, the world is at stake, and nothing is as it seems.

 

The last five books have been building up to something really big, and this book was the thing that it was leading up to.  However, I really can’t say what that thing is, as it affects the entire rest of the series and would give away a ton of the mystery in . Let’s put it this way: we find out more about the Kah-Gash, and what exactly it does, and a whole bunch of characters from earlier in the series appear again to fulfill their role for the battles in the rest of the series.

 

Rating: 7 out of 10.

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The Demonata Book 5: Blood Beast by Darren Shan

blood beast    The Demonata Book 5:  Blood Beast by Darren Shan

The Demonata Book 5: Blood Beast by Darren Shan is the fifth book in the twelve book long series by Darren Shan, who also wrote ever-popular The Cirque du Freak books.

However, while The Cirque du Freak was a hero’s journey about vampires, this is a non-linear story about mankind’s last stand against the foul race of demons, centered around three teenagers: Grubbs Grady, whose story is set in the modern day and also concerns a family genetic curse involving werewolves, Kernel Fleck, a depressed mage whose story began in the 1980s and has the power to create portals with almost no effort, and Bec, a young priestess from old Ireland who sacrificed herself long ago to stop the demons the first time they tried to overtake the human universe.

Like the first book, Lord Loss, and the third book Slawter, Blood Beast centers around Grubbs Grady, who so far has been the center point of the series.  However, though the other two books concerned mostly with his relationship with his uncle, Dervish, and the evil demons, this one puts a lot more focus on the curse that affects his family.

Not his best idea.

Not his best idea.

 

At the end of Slawter, it’s implied that Grubbs does have magic abilities.  That being said, there hasn’t been any indication of his abilities in the months since Slawter ended, thus leading him to believe that it was just a onetime thing. That being said, he has a little bit more to worry about, considering he thinks the family curse is finally affecting him, meaning he only has a few months left before turning into a mindless beast.

Yeah, that’s the thing about this series… the werewolves don’t just wolf out during the full moon, once they completely change they’re stuck that way forever, which Grubbs isn’t ok with, as one can imagine. So far the only true cure that they have been able to find for the curse is from the crazy-scary demon Lord Loss (whose the main villain of the series), but he only does it if you beat him in a do-or-die game of chess and, since Grubbs has beaten him twice before, isn’t exactly jumping to help him. If anything, Lord Loss is super keen on killing the poor guy.

There’s also a group made up of family members who have lost loved ones to the curse that call themselves the Lambs that are dedicated to finding a cure that doesn’t involve demons, but they mostly are there to put the turned family members (all of them teenagers) out of their misery. So Grubbs and Dervish aren’t keen on calling them either.

It’s pretty much a bad situation all around.

Though all of this is going on, most of the book focuses on Grubbs’ social life: his rocky friendship with his half-brother Bill-E and the bully who torments him, Loch Gossel, along with his hopefully-soon-to-be-girlfriend, Reni Gossel.  To be honest, it makes since that almost the first half of the book focuses on these fairly mundane problems (comparatively), as Grubbs himself is pretty much in denial about the whole thing. Personally, I don’t really mind it because it’s the first time we have seen Grubbs in a fairly normal setting and not being chased by demons.

This pretty much takes up the first half of the book, and the story line with Loch and Bill-E comes to a head, and the book picks up the pace and ties back into Bec, the fourth book in the series.

 

Rating: 7 out of 10.

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The Demonata: Bec by Darren Shan

The Demonata: Bec by Darren Shan

 

The Demonata: Bec is the 4th book in the ten book long series by Darren Shan, who also wrote the twelve book long series The Cirque du Freak. Unlike The Cirque du Freak, which was a linear hero’s journey about vampire, The Demonata is a non-linear story of three young teens as they try to keep the world as they know it from being overrun with horrific demons.

So far, we have met Grubbs Grady, a kid whose family is cursed with some of their family will turn into ravenous wolf-monsters when they hit their teens (including his sister and half-brother) and may or may not have magical powers; and Kernel Fleck, who was born with the ability to see special lights that could be put together to make a portal to the demons’ dimension. Neither of them make a appearance in this book, which makes sense, considering Bec is set thousands of years before either Grubbs and Kernal are born.  Instead, the protagonist is a young blossoming priestess girl named Bec.

 

At the start of the novel, Bec lives in her clan in ancient Ireland, where she was adopted by the priestess Banba as an apprentice. However, Banba is now dead, and ever since then, Bec has been trying to keep up with her studies, but it’s almost impossible without a teacher. Worse, the demon attacks on her clan are slowly getting worse and worse and the clan is slowly getting killed off.

One day, after a particularly bad attack, a young and simple boy with inhuman speed runs into the camp with a message that his clan has been attacked.  Bec, along with several other warriors, decide to go help the other clan and to figure out why the demons are attacking so viciously lately.

Though they are too late to actually help the clan, they do meet the boy’s master, Drust, who tells Bec and the warriors that he knows of a way to stop the demons for good… if they can trust him that is.

After this, the book turns into a game of who-can-you-trust, with Bec being thrust into a more powerful position that she ever wanted to be in.

 

As you probably know from this blog, I really, really like fantasy novels, and this was closer to fantasy than anything else in the series so far.  It starts out like a typical fantasy story, but it also has the same twists as the other books in the series have so far.  Interesting to note, all of the books have a sort of hopelessness in them: though the characters try to fix the break between the two dimensions to stop the demons from coming through, it doesn’t matter. Eventually, they will fail, it’s when they are going to fail is the question.

Now, I know that doesn’t sound very interesting scenario: why would you want to keep reading something when you know the characters you are becoming attached to will eventually perish? The thing about it is, you do have hope that the characters will survive, that something good will finally happen to them. There are hints that something will finally help the human race beat the demons, and that bit of hope is why I continue the series.

 

Rating: 7 out of 10.

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The Demonata: Slawter by Darren Shan

Slawter     The Demonata: Slawter by Darren Shan

Slawter (yes, it’s spelled this way) is the third book in the ten book series The Demonata, which is the second young adult series by Darren Shan, the author Cirque du Freak series. Compared to the Cirque du Freak series these seem to be for a slightly older audience- Cirque du Freak seemed to be geared toward preteens where these are for young to mid teens.

 

While the last installment, Demon Thief, had a different protagonist, Kernel Fleck, Slawter goes back to the protagonist from the first book Lord Loss, Grubbs Grady. (I think Darren Shan has a thing for odd names). Kernal, along with other characters from Demon Thief are mentioned or make a small appearance in the book, but the only characters from Demon Thief that take a prominent role in Slawter are Dervish, Grubb’s uncle, Lord Loss, the demon lord and the main villain of the series.

 

Though the ending of Lord Loss implies that Dervish came back from his battle pretty ok, but Slawter shows that he’s still suffering from some serious trauma caused from his time in Lord Loss’s demension. Most of the time, he seems ok, but every once in a while he will have a bad flashback that causes him to lash out at Grubbs. Considering that he was sent to an alternate demention to fight a demon master that hated him with the unholy passion of a thousand suns, half-normalcy is pretty good.

Despite the weird things going on at home, Grubbs is finally getting into a routine of normalcy at school. At this point, he’s gotten used to going to school again and he’s making friends to the other kids at school… which wouldn’t be a problem if it weren’t for the fact that he’s distancing himself from Bill-E, his half-brother (mega plot twist from Lord Loss, oh my god).

On top of all that, Grubbs has to worry about his future, the genetic curse that affected Bill-E, and his now deceased sister Gret and turns members of his family into wolf-like monsters. Grubbs is getting near the age of when most of his relatives turn, so he’s been extra mindful of himself and is looking out for the warning signs of when they are about to turn.

That’s how things are at the beginning of the book, and not too far in we are introduced to the main plot: Dervish has gotten a call from a movie producer, Davida Haym, who wants to use him as a reference for a her newest horror movie called “Slawter” (title drop).

Yeah, I didn’t buy this. Something is definately up here.

Grubbs is super excited, so excited that when he meets a woman on his way home from school asking about Dervish he just assumes that it’s Davida Haym and takes her to his house.

Not his best idea.

Not his best idea.

It turns out that this is Prae Athim, the leader of a group called the Lambs, who try to use science to break the Grady curse, though they are more known for killing off members of the family that have succumbed to the curse. She comes and tries to tell Dervish to hand over Bill-E for study, since they were able to break the curse using Lord Loss.

Of course, Dervish refuses, but this offers an interesting conflict within the story: is it better in the long run for the Grady family to attack the curse incident-by-incident, or attack it at the root and get rid of it? Granted, the incident-by-incident has been the only way to surely get rid of the curse for sure, but often times it doesn’t work and it involves summoning demons, so the Lambs don’t really like that option.

So that happens. Athim leaves without Bill-E, but the incident shakes Grubbs and causes him to be worried about his future.

The next week, Davida Haym actually comes to Dervish’s home, along with her assistant, Juni Swan.  She convinces Dervish to take the job as the consultant for the movie, called Slawter.

Dervish takes Bill-E and Grubbs with him to the movie set, where they hang out with some of the other kids on set. Dervish spends a lot of time working on the demons, and after a while, they are finally revealed to the rest of the cast and crew.

And it’s really convincing… like almost too convincing. In that, Grubbs is pretty sure it’s an actual demon.  Of course, he has also had a whole lot of trauma in the past couple of years, so he’s probably just halucinating… right?

 

Compared to the other books in the series I’ve read so far, this seemed like a typical fantasy adventure story. It’s told in four parts, the first two are used for build up, the third is used to build suspense before all hell breaks loose, and part four is when all hell breaks loose (literally).

Most of the major characters we’ve already met, but a notable new character is Juni Swan, the assistant to Davida Haym who shows some talent for magic and has a thing for Dervish.

It’s a pretty good read, but I can’t say I liked it as much as I did the last two books in the series. It seemed like just a good middle of the series filler book, but there’s not nothing really wrong with that.

 

Rating: 7 out of 10.

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The Demonata: Lord Loss by Darren Shan

Lord LossThe Demonata: Lord Loss by Darren Shan

One of the things I, as I feel that many people do, is find authors they like and read all of their books. For me, Darren Shan is one of those authors. Granted, I didn’t totally love the Cirque du Freak series, but The Demonata sounded really interesting and I liked Shan’s writing style later in the series. I figured I would give this a try.

Anyway, Lord Loss is the first book in the ten book long The Demonata series by Darren Shan (He really likes those long series.) It’s the second long series Shan has ever written, and instead of vampires, it’s about demons and werewolves.

 

The main character in this series is Grubitsch “Grubbs” Grady, who wins the award for the worst name given to a character in a series, at all, ever.  Grubbs is in the middle of his rebellious faze, and the book starts off with him getting in serious trouble for smoking behind the school. Of course, it doesn’t help that he decided to get revenge on his tattling sister, Gretelda (who hold second place for the worst name given to a character in a series, at all, ever) by putting rat guts in her towel so she gets drenched with gross when she got out a shower.

Can you say worst nightmare?

Can you say worst nightmare?

About this scene: I know that in Grubbs’s point of view, Gret was totally out of line when she told on him, but I just feel like drenching her with rat guts is a pretty harsh revenge. It doesn’t do well to make Grubbs a sympathetic, but I think that may have been a point. See, Darren from the Cirque du Freak series was characterized as a sweet, but sometimes dim and dorky kid who just had a whole lot crap put on him. Grubbs on the other hand… can be kind of a whiny jerk at times. And I like that.

Usually authors do their damn best to make their characters the most likable people ever, and it’s nice to read a book every once in a while that is not the case.  That being said, there is a difference between an somewhat unlikable character and someone that the readers are supposed to absolutely hate.  Here, Shan balances that; even though I don’t particularly like Grubbs, I still feel invested in his story and I do want to know what happens to him.

So, Grubbs is in tons of trouble, and this is when things get… weird. Because all of a sudden, Grubbs’s family starts being really nice to him and letting him off the hook halfway through his punishment, along with being oddly emotional. One night, they leave Grubbs with aunt while they go to the ballet, and Grubbs, curious, sneaks back home to figure out what’s going on.

Then, BAM! Demons, all over the place. And his family is all kinds of dead. Just badness. Everywhere.

eeeeehhhhhh

eeeeehhhhhh

This is the second chapter.

The second chapter.

Chapter 2.

What. the. actual hell.

Ok, seriously though. When  I read about the prank Grubbs’s pulled on Gret, I thought “Wow. That was one of the grossest things I’ve read in a long time. I can’t imagine what would be worse than that.” I was proven wrong not even five minutes later by, CHAPTER FRIGGING TWO.

So now, our protagonist has gone Cuckoo for Coco Puffs from the trauma of this event, and eventually is taken into care by an estranged uncle, after which the books tells us more about demons and the sordid history of the Grady family.

 

I’m not gonna lie, this book is really interesting. I really like the deconstruction of the normal tropes that come with demons and werewolves and tied those phenomenon together in a really cool interesting way (that I can’t really say here because they are huge spoilers). This is a really creative and cool book that I recommend to anyone who wants a cool, fairly modern, gory horror story.

 

Rating: 7

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