Note: This review includes major spoilers within the novel.
~ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review~
In the sequel to Demon Road, Amber and Milo find themselves making their way to Desolation Hill with the Hounds of Hell close on their tail. Desolation Hill is a small town with a secret to it. Once a year, all hell breaks loose and this year, Amber and Milo are right in the middle of it.
This is a difficult review to write. I’m not even sure how to begin? I really enjoyed Demon Road, but Desolation? Not so much. I know a lot of readers will love this book, and it’s not a terrible book. It’s a decent follow up, and I liked that it was more darker than Demon Road us, going further into the horror genre than I expected.
But I found it so tedious.
There were some good parts – most of the scenes with just Milo and Amber but that was just a small section of the book. And I’m so confused as it why Milo was sort of set back in this novel?
I felt like the introduction of the new cast was jarring and borderline pointless. Especially with the new POVs added, while Demon Road was all from Amber’s POV. It was a struggle to read a new chapter and a new character, who we barely know, is just thrown in.
Also, in this one, Amber gets a love interest and it’s Kelly, one of the girls who go along Demon Road saving innocent people. To be honest, their relationship wouldn’t have bothered me as much if the relationship wasn’t so problematic. Kelly is 3-4 years old and I just felt like Amber was so inexperienced that she’s not be in a position to even know better. It’s not okay to give a 16 year old an adult love interest. And the age gap (and age of consent) isn’t even touched upon. And their “relationship” happened quite quickly that it almost ruined the ending for me a bit.
I liked the ending and that it was leading up to stuff that I actually wanted to read. (Amber signing herself off to the Shining Devil and going off to hunt her parents) But I didn’t understand why Kelly, who has barely been there for Amber, gets mad and slaps Amber for a decisions that she has no idea about. I felt like Milo should’ve been the one to talk to her, except he just sits there in the car and does nothing. Milo was barely there in this one and it was disappointing.
Overall, this book was strange and I actually didn’t care what happened in this book except the ending where the final action was what interested me. But I’m hoping the final book will be better.
Kindle Edition, 484 pages
Published April 7th 2016 by HarperCollins Children’sBooks