blo Teens Read and Write: Skulduggery Pleasant: Scepter of the Ancients (Giveaway Points Post)

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Skulduggery Pleasant: Scepter of the Ancients (Giveaway Points Post)

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Skulduggery Pleasant: Scepter of the Ancients
by Derek Landy
pub: April 2009
416 pages

Stephanie led a pretty quiet existence until her uncle died. Not only did he leave her his mansion, he left her a new best friend - Skulduggery Pleasant, a skeleton detective (sorry, a supernatural skeleton detective) - who waltzes into her life for keeps.

Now she's acquiring magical powers, endangering her life to fight evil, and trading snappy comebacks with something without a body.
So much for her quiet existence.
Stephanie's big job is to find the Scepter of the Ancients - a weapon capable of destroying anyone and anything - before the evil Faceless Ones steal it for themselves. She just has to defeat a bunch of ghouls, kick the butts of a clan of vampires, and hide her powers from the entire world (oh, and her parents).

No worries. She's got a bunch of bones on her side.

I loved, LOVED Skulduggery Pleasant. It's an absolute hoot and packed with action, suspense and a multitude of thrills!

It’s about, an unlikely 13 year old heiress named Stephanie, and a walking, talking, crime fighting skeleton, Skulduggery. Together they solve crimes in an urban fantasy world.

To find her uncle’s murderer, Stephanie must delve into the fantastical and magical world. Stephanie and Skulduggery are also in a race to retrieve the most powerful weapon in the world before the assassins on her tail get manage to kill her first.

My favorite character in the book is Skulduggery. He's hysterical! He’s a funny, smart detective, and an elemental whose magic revolves around fire, water, earth and air.

Working around the clock to solve cases is Skulduggery’s passion and he skillfully fights his way out of the most dire of situations because of his few centuries worth of battle experience.

As if I needed more reasons to love the chivalrous skeleton, he has an incredible car, a 1954 Bentley. Unfortunately, once the dynamic duo set out on their investigation the car’s fated to blow up.

His friend, Ghastly, enjoys making clothes that have magical powers and occasionally saves their lives. Some answers to Skulduggery’s mysterious past are answered but only make him more interesting and complex.

Skulduggery Pleasant is bursting with humor, thrilling action, creative brilliance, and characters that you are dying to hang out with.

I loved this book! Did I mention that? I had gotten it from the library and loved it so much that Alyssa and Jake bought me the entire series for Christmas.

Get your hands on this book and like me you'll be dying for the next in the series! This is great for guys and girls because you've got Stephanie on the female end and Skulduggery is a fantastic character that EVERYONE will love. Honestly, people, some parts of this book were so entertaining that I had to go track down Alyssa, Jake and Mom so I could read aloud to them.

Funny, witty, creative, fast-paced. Jim Butcher/Harry Dresden fans will love Skulduggery Pleasant!

Jo from Once Upon a Bookcase and Ink and Paper reminded me that I forgot to mention that this is the first in a currently 3 part series (there will be a fourth).

The Cover: There's a bunch of them (not sure why) but I love the top two with Skulduggery on it.

First Lines: Gordon Edgley's death came as a shock to everyone -not least himself. One moment he was in his study, seven words into the twenty-fifth sentence of the final chapter of his new book, And the Darkness Rained Upon Them, and the next he was dead. A tragic loss, his mind echoed numbly as he slipped away.

Great lines! Let's you know you're in store for an entertaining humorous ride!

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Hesperus (Haya) said...

I have all the book ready to be read and just keeping them safe until I don't have anything interesting to read. lol!

It's awesome that you are a fan too! :D

Unknown said...

Never heard of it before but i'll surely check it out

Anonymous said...

The premise sounds interesting. Maybe I'll check it out!

Bunny B said...

Never heard of this book, but when I saw the cover and read the title, it sounded fun. Reading your review confirms it! :) Magic, mystery and fun -- what's not to love?

Jo said...

Great review! My brother has the first in the series (is this the first? I can't tell - I thought the first was just called Skullduggery Pleasant?), though, being the non-reader that he is, he's never finished it. I've not read it either, it just didn't appeal to me, but after this review, I think I'll be picking it up! Cheers!

Tina said...

Great review! I like the second cover :)

The Sweet Bonjour said...

Interesting review! x

InfinitePlaylist said...

I've seen those before, they look and sound really cool. I have to finally read them! I like the 2nd cover you posted best by far.

Anonymous said...

Wow! That skeleton is so cool^^

I wanna have a bodyguard like that xD

Great review^^

Tales of Whimsy said...

Sounds awesome. Love the review :)

Lucía said...

I didn't know this book but I'll check it. Thanks!

Jessica B said...

Cool review! I've got the first one, I think.

Tynga said...

Well it sure sounds like an original read, don't think it's for me though.
Thanks for the review Gregory!

Shy said...

Certainly another series that I've never heard of before! And I really love the name "Skulduggery" - who can ever thought of such cool name. Believe that this is something worth checking out. Thanks you for the great review!

melissa @ 1lbr said...

For some reason, I never got into that first book. Maybe I'll give it another try sometime.

elaing8 said...

I've never heard of these before,but they sound good. Great review.

Karen said...

I'm so happy you reviewed this series. I have a copy of the first in my library, but it hasn't been checked out much, so now I know to feature it with your review!

Kristin said...

I've never heard of this series before, but it sounds like a fun and exciting read!

Sharli said...

I'd have never looked at this book if it wasn't for the review :P
You book bloggers are making my TBR list infinite!

Thanks! :P

Bookish in a Box said...

When I first saw the cover and synopsis, I said "No, thanks" but then I read the review and now I'm saying "That sounds fun..." Way to go, guys! :-)

Nikki @ Bookizzle said...

Ooh, totally loving the covers. Definitely sounds like a series I need to try out in the near future. Thanks for sharing!

throuthehaze said...

I have heard before that this series is awesome. As soon as I can get my hands on a copy I will be reading this book :)

donnas said...

Great review. I havent heard of this author or book before but it sounds entertaining. Thanks for sharing!

Kathy Martin said...

Great review. I have the first Skullduggery Pleasant on my TBR mountain but haven't gotten to it yet.

Natalie said...

Sounds like an interesting and creative idea for a series. I'm glad you enjoyed it so much! :)

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a great book! I'm happy that you liked it so much. I 'll definitely have to check it out. Great review!

Unknown said...

Oh, my favorite skeleton... :D

Kirthi said...

I've never heard of this book, I love how you review all sorts of books, and not just the popular ones!
The excessive skulls scare me, but the review is great, and I really want to read this!

Anonymous said...

The first few lines sound intriguing! Seems like an interesting book.

Jemi Fraser said...

Sounds like a great read!

Rosie said...

Wow, I know I'll love this book. Gotta get it on my tbb list!

Ambar said...

jajaja really sounds so funny and great i want read it waaa is nice and the cover looks awesome yeee you described it nice, bye the way thank you so much for give us more entries.

aprilnichole said...

sounds like a good read. I don't know that I really like the covers. *sctraches head, thinking*

mariska said...

Haven't heard about this book before. "a supernatural skeleton detective" you say ? I think i'm gonna like this book :)

Ren @ All By Myshelf said...

Great review! I too loved this book and can't wait to read the sequel! One of my favorite things was the taken names. They were so interesting! Bets character names I've come across... ever! ^_^

Cats on the Shelf said...

A skeleton and an heiress fighting crime? Awesome! It looks like there's a lot going on in this story ha ha. (25 now?)

Rheanna said...

To be honest with you I wasn't immediately taken with the covers or plot summaries as you were. But your review fascinates me and now I want to read the series. Thanks for changing my mind!

Unknown said...

I've seen this series, and ok I'd admit it, judged the cover and didn't think it looked that good. But now I think I'll check out one because they sound like they would be great for my students.

Lisa said...

Okay SOLD! Love the sound and look of these! Seriously!

Great job, as per.


CeeCee said...

I have seen the series around and wasn't sure what it was about.
I like the second cover out of the three, it reminds me of a black and white movie (hard boil crime) even though it sounds nothing like hard boil.


EVA SB said...

Ii really want to read this series. I think it will be great for both me and my kids.

And that is a fantastic first line.

Sapphire said...

Oh sounds great!!! I want it!!! And the cover is so cool :D

vonze said...

I'm really not a fan of skeletons, they sorta creepy me out. But if Skulduggery's character was hysterical I might like him alright, lol.

Rebecca said...

These books look really good. I'll definitely add them to my reading list.

babygirlG said...

I'm not sure if this is something I would be wild about.

Trollololol said...

I think I like the middle cover the best. The book sounds funny. :)

Ellz said...

This is a new one for me. Sounds interesting, something different. Thanks for the review.

Nina said...

Never heard of the book before, but awesome review! Sounds good. :)

Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

Skulduggery sounds like a funny guy. It's been a while since I've read something witty and funny, so I'll be on the lookout for this series now.

pepsivanilla said...

This sounds awesome, and what a cool cover. Actually, all of those covers are great! Thanks for the review :)

Jamie said...

Love the skull covers!!

Zombie Girrrl said...

I LOVE THIS SERIES! Iread the first one from my library, too, and got the second one in from a contest.
Landy is sooo funny! He's so witty and I love the sarcasm his characters have. Great series. Great review!

Anonymous said...

The plot sounds really original. Looks like an interesting series.

A Life Bound By Books said...

From your review, this sounds like a interesting first book in a series. I'll have to keep an eye out for it and give it a try.

Thanks for a great review!

Sarah said...

Fab review - I saw this series on Amazon & was tempted to buy it but now I've read your review I'll definitely have to pick it up! Thanks for the recommendation :o)

Ryan said...

Sounds like an interesting series, and the cover is pretty cool.

Amy said...

Ooh! I've ordered the first book of SKULDUGGERY PLEASANT and now I can't wait for it to arrive!!

Kristi said...

Why couldn't I be a YA these days - there are so many fun books/series out there. I love to read series! Thanks for the review.

Unknown said...

This book sounds extremely entertaining! Would love to read it sometime!

aqtbenz said...

Hmm.. not really my type...thanks for the review though!

mariska said...

i love the cover too ! it's not that a scary skeleton, it's a funny one i guess :)

Jenny N. said...

I really liked your review for this one. Its the first time I've hears about this series too.

Sandra Stiles said...

This sounds like such a fun book.

Teddyree said...

I would probably never have read these books but I just can't resist after such an awesome review. Thanks Greg :-)

Jessy said...

I have never heard of these books but they sound really good. I'm not too sure about the covers though.

Sara said...

This series sound really interesting! Great review!

Zombie Girrrl said...

Did y'all come up with taken names? That was one of my favorite things about this book. As soon as I finished it I was like, "Ooh, I want a cool name!" so I set to work and came up with Rivers Bliss. I know there's already a "Bliss" in the series, and I hated choosing one that Landy had used already, but the alternative was Rivers Jubilee, and that didn't have quite the same ring to it, ya know?

twipippi said...

Not my type of book I think, but great review.

Wrighty said...

I just got the first one from the library. I've been looking forward to this series so I'm so glad to see you liked it. Love the humor! Excellent review!

Liz @ Cleverly Inked said...

Seems great. The covers freak me out though :P

Sherry said...

Everytime I hear Skulduggery now, I can only think of Gregory's avatar, which is awesome! Thanks for the review!!

Ina said...

oh, wow, I'v never seen such covers before!!

Leslie said...

Not really my kind of book, but it sounds good.

Amanda Leigh said...

This is a new author and series for me. Sounds interesting.

Brodie said...

Sounds great! I've never heard of these before but I am definitely going to check them out. Your review has me intrigued! Plus the covers are cool too :D

IceJewel said...

lovely, lovely, lovely ! I want to read them all !!!!

Raíla said...

I have never heard of it! And it's difficult to spell its name.

E.R. Faulkner said...

Sounds really interesting. I like the top 2 covers, too. Makes the guy look cool.


Raspberry said...

I love this book - huge fan. I own all 3 so far (and have reviewed them all on my blog, I think!), and incredibly they're all good. So rare to find a series that doesn't go downhill. :)

Bani said...

Nice review! I can tell you're really enthusiastic about the series. It sounds like tons of fun! Never seen a main character like Skulduggery before, except maybe Jack from Nightmare Before Christmas.

misskallie2000 said...

Love your review. This book is so funny. I have got to read this one just to laugh and enjoy.
Thanks for the great review.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

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