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Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy

Title: Skulduggery Pleasant
Author: Derek Landy
Series: Skulduggery Pleasant #1
Genre: YA fantasy
Reason for Reading: It was loaned and recommended to me by my roommate.
Pages: 392, plus an interview with the main character and a bonus short story.
Copyright Date: 2007
Cover: A skeleton wearing sunglasses, a festive raspberry scarf, and a fedora. A young girl with curly hair and freckles is looking at him with a smile on her face.
First line: "Gordon Edgley's sudden death came as a shock to everyone - not least himself."
Best part: I really liked the characters.
Worst part: Does it have one? I'm not convinced.
Imaginary Theme Song: "You Can't Keep a Good Dog Down"
Grade: A-
Recommended for: Wow. Anyone between ten and fifteen, for sure, and adults that like YA.
Related Reads: Children of the Lamp: The Ahkenaten Adventure by PB Kerr, Harry Potter by JK Rowling, Changeling by Delia Sherman.

Stephanie Edgley's uncle has just died. He has left her an unexpected legacy - a house, a mysterious new world, and a strange friend named Skulduggery Pleasant. Will his gifts be enough to guide her through the challenges that lie ahead?

This book is a really fun ride. The worldbuilding is very interesting. But it's the characters that will stay with you. I think this is a very fresh offering to the genre and I definitely recommend it.
Tags: category: young adult, genre: fantasy

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