Skulduggery Pleasant (#1) – Derek Landy.

Synopsis from Goodreads.
Meet Skulduggery Pleasant. Sure, he may lose his head now and again (in fact, he won his current skull in a poker match), but he is much more than he appears to be—which is good, considering that he is, basically, a skeleton. Skulduggery may be long dead, but he is also a mage who dodged the grave so that he could save the world from an ancient evil. But to defeat it, he’ll need the help of a new partner: a not so innocent twelve-year-old girl named Stephanie. That’s right, they’re the heroes.


Stephanie and Skulduggery are quickly caught up in a battle to stop evil forces from acquiring her recently deceased uncle’s most prized possession—the Sceptre of the Ancients. The Ancients were the good guys, an extinct race of uber-magicians from the early days of the earth, and the scepter is their most dangerous weapon, one capable of killing anyone and destroying anything. Back in the day, they used it to banish the bad guys, the evil Faceless Ones. Unfortunately, in the way of bad guys everywhere, the Faceless Ones are staging a comeback and no one besides our two heroes believes in the Faceless Ones, or even that the Sceptre is real.


“Doors are for people with no imagination.”

Initial Final Page Thoughts.
When I grow up I want to be Stephanie Edgley.

High Point
Skulduggery Pleasant. Stephanie. Banter, so much banter. Dublin. Witty prose. Canary Cars. Supporting characters. Cloak and daggers shizz. Willpower. Magic. Raising Cain. The Girl from Ipanema. A fantastic start to a promising series.

Low Point.
As much as I love Skulduggery and Stephanie, I would have liked there to have been more time spent with the other characters. Tanith Low and Ghastly to be precise… but I’m guessing this is where the other books in the series come into it…

Heroine/Hero.
Stephanie was a brilliant heroine and I wish I was like her when I was twelve. Heck, I wish I was like her now. She’s smart, she’s cute, she’s a warrior and she is the master of the deadpan. She’s practically my idol.
And, of course, Skulduggery. I liked to imagine that he would be voiced by Colin Farrell because he has one of the only Irish accents I can understand a nice voice.
These two had such a cute dynamic that regularly had me wishing I was cool enough to be part of their gang laughing out loud.

“So you won’t keep anything from me again?”
He put his hand to his chest. “Cross my heart and hope to die.”
“OK.”
He nodded and led the way back to the Bentley.
“Though you don’t actually have a heart,” she said.
“I know.”
“And technically, you’ve already died.”
“I know that too.”
“Just so we’re clear.”

Their conversations were by far my favourite part of this whole book, I have a feeling they’ll get better and better as the book progresses.

Baddies.
Yeah… I would not like to meet a Hollow Man in a dark alley.

Theme Tune.

Um… I may have a wholly appropriate inappropriate crush on Skulduggery. But it’s totally fine, I mean… it’s not as if I fancy dead guys all the time.
What?
I don’t.
…..
BE QUIET.

Angst Level.
4/10. Seeing as this is the first book of a series, it’s difficult to really gage this level seeing as we don’t really know much about the characters and their past just yet. Mr Landy does a great job of hinting to some really grim stuff, but not divulging any more than he needs to.

Recommended For.
People who are looking for a new magical series to get stuck into. People who wish their lover partner in crime was a skeleton with great fashion sense. People who prefer yellow cars to Bentleys. People who ever wonder what their reflection gets up to when their back is turned. People who still haven’t forgiven their brother for buying them a dodgy copy of Grim Fandango for their twelfth birthday.

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