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Publisher's Summary

She's 12. He's dead. But together they're going to save the world. Hopefully.

The iconic first book in the best-selling Skulduggery Pleasant series.

Stephanie's uncle Gordon is a writer of horror fiction. But when he dies and leaves her his estate, Stephanie learns that while he may have written horror it certainly wasn't fiction. Pursued by evil forces, Stephanie finds help from an unusual source - the wisecracking skeleton of a dead sorcerer....

©2018 Derek Landy (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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So much fun!

I didn't quite know what to expect from this book. But it had good reviews - and it was on sale, so I took a chance. As the audio started I was wondering if I would be able to tolerate the voice. Before you know it I was under the spell. My husband and I absolutely LOVED the dark whit and snappy comebacks. The spooky sounds and jazzy music between the chapters gives it a sort of Halloweenish character, another good thing. Speaking of characters, they are great - in a completely crazy magical sort of way. Rupert Degas was brilliant with the voices - so much so that everything came to life, just like magic. Hmm.... The next book in the series is already in my queue.

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Highest Snark Levels Detected

I am in love with this book. it is so good!
I kind of hate how long the music goes at the beginning and the end. It just seems to carry on and on. I really love these characters though and the story was excellent. I can't wait to have kids because I am so playing this series on road trips for them.

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Obsessed

I love this series so much words cannot describe. I've been reading it since I myself was 12 years old and it influenced my character growing up.

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Clean Fun For Kids

This is just a good fun book I listened to because my daughter (10) was reading the series.
it is just plane fun no apologies campy fiction and I loved it. I plan to finish the series.

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enjoyable

I must say that I enjoyed the music at the beginning and end of the chapters it did this perfectly, some other audiobooks I've heard have done the same thing but cut off dialogue into the chapters or the music is louder then expected and hurts the ear.

The characters were fun and the laws of magic in this book were interesting.

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Truly obnoxious sound effects

The story was overwhelmed by a chapter endings which -every single one of them- included a man whispering “yeahhhh” and a woman screaming. As well as obnoxious jazz interludes. It was impossible to like the story as I spent every chapter beginning and end gritting my teeth and hating everyone involved in this production.

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"A penchant for raising Cain.."

An exciting read, full of action, mystery and copious amounts of wit. The language flows, the narrative is compelling and the narrator, in this case Rupert Degas brings to life the story of a murder being solved by a dead man. Highly recommend!

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Just Lovely to enjoy a read with the whole family.

The narrator did a fantastic job emphasizing the emotions of each character. It really is just a fantastic experience.

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Good book, a few unmet expectations

I enjoyed the narrators voice(deep and rich)but to be honest, I expected a bit more inflection to go with the snark. The sarcasm was dry when I expected not teenager level tones of it but some verbal indication of it’s presence.

This thought is more preference that critique. I wanted more world building specifically on the magic. Maybe that area grows in the later books as now named Stephanie grows into it in the later books. The were a few sections where the author scratched the surface of what could be happening with the magic.

Probably the most interesting thing about the characters was that millennia old magicians are not impervious to all harm. If they bleed they can be killed. If they are made of bone, they can still feel pain. I applaud this. The ancient magicians are still learning new things and I enjoy that. The detective has some good detective moments. The big bad guy still experiments. They have both tangled for a long time and hated each other. Both show understanding of each other from that without reaching full Xanatos speed chess levels, which is a plus. His character handling is good and I enjoyed it.

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Nostalgic

I first read this book in fifth grade and ever since ive wanted to continue. Its been a long time, and i didn't remember most of it, but i loved it all the same. I'm very excited to finally continue the series.