REVIEW: Skulduggery Pleasant (Skulduggery Pleasant #1) by Derek Landy


Meet Skulduggery Pleasant

Ace Detective
Snappy Dresser
Razor–tongued Wit
Crackerjack Sorcerer
Walking, Talking,
Fire-throwing Skeleton

—as well as ally, protector, and mentor of Stephanie Edgley, a very unusual and darkly talented twelve-year-old.

These two alone must defeat an all-consuming ancient evil.

The end of the world?

Over his dead body.


I really can’t decide if this is a good book or not, since I am really too old to be reading it. But, in terms of my liking of it, I thought it was OK. This is a middle grade-ish, paranormal novel. I found the overall story to be a great idea which will no doubt be a gateway for children read more fantasy as they grow up. I mean you have it all: magical skeleton, a newly discovered world of magic, an ultimate scepter, and a murder mystery. For a child, I imagine that this would be a really exciting read. Though to me it was a little cliche, and I found the main character to be whiny and annoying at times. I did however like Skulduggery Pleasant – he reminded me of that driver from Halloweentown.


None the less, I still enjoyed this easy read – it really feels like your flying through the book when the font and line spacing is large!
I won’t be continuing on with this series, though I do recommend it for older children!

Rating: 3/5 Stars


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