Meet Skulduggery Pleasant
—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.
— Goodreads Description
Skulduggery, our skeleton detective, meets twelve-year-old Stephanie and together they commit crimes. But it’s to save the world, so that’s quite alright.
I’m sensing a theme in what I enjoy. Namely that I seem to be enjoying books intended for children a lot more than expected. Though of course that doesn’t mean books intended for children are only for children to enjoy. Maybe it’s to do with the fact that at least in these kinds of books there is no repetitive formula being used, no building blocks to a story that could just as well substitute for a different story like a lot of YA that’s currently out there. That’s not to say that I don’t enjoy a lot of YA that’s currently out there, but it’s refreshing not read about the nth love triangle wherein our heroine is very plain except that everyone apparently disagrees because she is the most flawfree girl in the world with the most special traits/abilities/powers ever. Uh. Now onto the actual book, welp. This was beside the point so far, wasn’t it?
I LOVED THIS BOOK! It took me a bit to get into it due to some technical difficulties on my kindle, but apihsdggipdaghghködif Skulduggery and Stephanie are just delightful. The dry humour, the deadpan snark and the fascinating adventure are a wonderful mix and I’m truly glad that I listened to the person who recommended this book to me.
The writing was A+. It didn’t even feel like I’m being told a story (nothing wrong with that!) but being part of it. I was with Skulduggery and Stephanie every step of the way and I love it! It’s really well written and just waiting to entice you. Same with the characters. They’re utterly enchanting and I can’t wait to finish the other books in the series. (Welp, somebody hold me, Tanith Low and China Sorrows going all “don’t call her child” on the baddie was flawfree. So was the bonding between Tanith and Stephanie. SO MANY AWESOME CHARACTERS WHY HADN’T I HEARD OF THESE BOOKS BEFORE???)