blo Teens Read and Write: Skulduggery Pleasant:: Playing with Fire

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Skulduggery Pleasant:: Playing with Fire

Playing with Fire: Skulduggery Pleasant
by Derek Landy
pub: Aug 2009 (Harper Collins)
416 pages
Teen Fiction/Young Adult/Middle Grade

Book Summary:
Valkyrie Cain - once known to the world as 12-year-old Stephanie Edgley has learned a great deal since beginning her apprenticeship to Skulduggery Pleasant, the well-dressed living-dead wizard detective. But she hasn't learned nearly enough to defeat the horrors massing against her and her friends: an old foe of Skulduggery's, Baron Vengeous, is bent on being back to life the horrible Grotesquery - an unlikeable monster assembled from the most fearsome beasts of legend.

It's up to the ingenious, fearless, and quick witted Valkyrie and Skulduggery to stop the Grotesquery from coming fully to life, because once the thing is alive, it will call to its masters, the evil Faceless Ones, who's return will mean the end of the world.

And once again my favorite detective in teen fiction, the wacky, witty, clever, magical, snappy dresser and smooth operator, Skulduggery Pleasant is on the case. I LOVED the first in this series, Scepter of the Ancients, and worried that I would be disappointed with Playing with Fire.

Silly me.

It might even be better than the first!

Skulduggery and Stephanie (I mean Valkyrie) are fabulous once again. The action is fast-paced, the plot creative, and the characters... I love them!

Skulduggery is such a cool dude
and Stephanie/Valkyrie is a strong capable heroine who is his perfect partner in saving the world. Skulduggery becomes her Yoda or Morpheus, teaching her how to become a superhero - but he's much more fun.

Everyone, including the villains, creatures and secondary characters, are multi-layered and interesting. Landy's imagination throws the unexpected at you at lightning speed. His vivid description puts you right in the action. The dialogue is laugh out loud funny and sharp as a saber. And gotta love names like, Grotesquery.

You can't miss with this serie
s. It has widespread appeal - younger or older, boys or girls. You can read my review of the first book, Scepter of the Ancients, here. The Skulduggery Pleasant series continues it ride on the Must Read Train!

The Cover: Well don't we have a quandary here. I found three different covers. My top choice is the bottom one here. I think Skulduggery looks especially awesome!
Which do you like?

First Lines: Valkyrie Cain hit the parapet and tumbled, unable to stop herself, and with a panicked gasp, she disappeared off the edge.

Very good! I love love the first lines in all of these books. They grab you from the start!









15 comments:

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

Sounds like a really cool series! I haven't heard of it before!

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Gorgeous covers!

Bada** avatar!

Raspberry said...

The Faceless Ones is also as brilliant. And I'm so creeped out by her mirror image that does all her school stuff for her.

ladystorm said...

Great Review, Gregory! I have seen this series floating around and it looks sort of interesting..LOL I might have to check it out.

Raspberry said...

p.s. I won in your Mega Giveaway - are you still emailing or are you still waiting to hear back from the first few?

The Golden Eagle said...

Skeletons? Hmmm. I'm not one for bones much, but there are exceptions to every rule. ;)

elizabeth said...

Sounds fun!

brizmus said...

Sounds super cool! How had I never previously heard of Skullduggery?!? Looks awesome!

Jill of The O.W.L. said...

I really think I need to at least pick up the first book in this series for my classroom library. They sound good.

Shweta said...

Love the covers and I think I finally found the books I could gift my lil cousin :)

Hua Cai said...

yoga pants, http://www.yogapants.us.com/
ghd hair straighteners, http://www.ghdhairstraightenerssale.co.uk/
oakley sunglasses, http://www.wholesaleoakleysunglasses.us.com/
pandora jewelry, http://www.pandora.eu.com/
designer handbags, http://www.designerhandbags.us.com/
louis vuitton, http://www.borselouisvuittonoutlet.it/
michael kors outlet, http://www.michaelkorsusa.us/
coach outlet online, http://www.coachoutletonline.in.net/
tiffany outlet, http://www.tiffany-outlet.us.com/
asics, http://www.asicsisrael.com/
air max 2015, http://www.airmax2015.com/
ed hardy clothing, http://www.edhardy.us.com/
roshe run, http://www.rosherunshoessale.com/
lacoste polo shirts, http://www.lacostepoloshirts.cc/
beats by dr dre, http://www.beatsbydrdre-headphones.us.com/
michael kors handbags, http://www.michaelkorshandbag.co.uk/
oakley sunglasses wholesale, http://www.oakleysunglasses-wholesale.us.com/
air jordan 4, http://www.airjordan4.org/
coach outlet store, http://www.coach-outlet-store.us.com/
nike air max shoes, http://www.nikeairmaxshoess.co.uk/
kobe shoes, http://www.kobeshoes.us/
timberland boots, http://www.timberlandboots.name/
futbol baratas, http://www.futbol-baratas.com/
beats headphones, http://www.beats-headphones.in.net/
michael kors outlet store, http://www.michaelkorsoutlet-store.us.com/
2015921caihuali

chenlina said...

chenlina20160408
ray ban sunglasses
running shoes
polo ralph lauren
michael kors outlet clearance
true religion outlet
ray ban sunglasses
coach outlet store online
louis vuitton handbags
kids lebron shoes
coach factorty outlet
nike air jordan
kate spade handbags
true religion
nike air max 90
oakley sunglasses
jordan 3
jordan retro 11
coach outlet
celine handbags
louis vuitton outlet stores
michael kors outlet
louis vuitton
nike sb shoes
nike air max
nike outlet
ray ban sunglasses
adidas shoes
gucci handbags
ralph lauren polo
oakley sunglasses
jordan retro 3
giuseppe zanotti
michael kors
mont blanc pens
ralph lauren outlet
cheap oakley sunglasses
louis vuitton
cheap oakley sunglasses
coach outlet store online
nike huarache
as

dada24 Xu said...

fitflops shoes
adidas nmd runner
true religion jeans
true religion outlet
moncler uk
coach factory outlet online
nike air max 95
nike blazer
ray bans
tory burch outlet online
under armour outlet store
kate spade uk
fitflops shoes
fitflops
kobe 11
nike huarache
true religion sale
jordan pas cher
hollister clothing store
coach outlet store
michael kors outlet online
dior sunglasses 2016
canada goose uk
nike tn pas cher
nike free flyknit 3.0
yeezy boost 350 balck
timberland shoes
louis vuitton uk
moncler jackets
bottega veneta shoes
jimmy choo
pandora jewelry outlet
nike free run flyknit
ralph lauren outlet
nhl jerseys wholesale
kate spade handbags
ugg outlet
michael kors outlet online
20160726caiyan

Gege Dai said...

montblanc pens
snapbacks wholesale
puma outlet
sac louis vuitton pas cher
hermes outlet store
nike roshe run
coach outlet
michael kors outlet online
air max uk
pandora jewelry
michael kors outlet online
coach outlet
michael kors uk
abercrombie outlet
toms outlet
michael kors outlet online
ugg boots sale
mulberry outlet
rolex watches
lacoste shirts
nike outlet store
adidas wings shoes
longchamp solde
pandora outlet
lebron james shoes
replica watches
rolex outlet
nike outlet online
coach outlet
lululemon pants
ralph lauren pas cher
longchamp pas cher
michael kors uk
beats by dre
michael kors outlet online
czq20160801

Fangyaya said...

adidas outlet
oakley sunglasses
timberland boots
burberry outlet
canada goose jackets
oakley sunglasses
giuseppe zanotti sandals
replica watches
ralph lauren uk
true religion jeans sale
ugg boots
gucci outlet
toms shoes
canada goose
coach factory outlet
coach outlet
polo ralph lauren
christian louboutin outlet
ray ban sunglasses
oakley sunglasses
fitflops sale clearance
toms shoes
coach outlet
ray ban sunglasses
lebron 13
ugg uk
polo ralph lauren outlet
adidas superstars
mont blanc pens
chenyingying2016830

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...