Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Lord Loss - Demonata Book One

Here is a great book for older readers. If you are looking for a title to capture a 15+ student, then here is one you should consider. I feel it would be perfect for summer reading.

It is somewhat intense and scary in places. Keep that in mind.

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Lord Loss by Darren Shan



Genre – horror, thriller, paranormal

 

Number of pages – 244

 

Is this book part of a series? – Yes. this is book one and there are ten books in the series.

 

Publication date – October 2005

 

Publisher - Little Brown Books for Young Readers

 

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Formats available – eBook, Paperback, Library Binding, Audio CD

 

Target age of reader - 15 and older

 

Reading level -  This book is not listed on Lexile.com. Most of Shan's titles fall between 650L and 800L. I feel this one would as well - My guess is in the 700s.

 

Description - (from Goodreads)
 
Grubbs Grady has stiff red hair and is a little big for his age, which means he can get into R-rated movies. He hates history and loves bacon, rats, and playing tricks on his squeamish older sister. When he opts out of a family weekend trip, he never guesses that he is about to take a terrifying journey into darkness. Hungry demons and howling werewolves haunt his waking nightmares... and threaten his life.

 

Themes of the book – Traumatic experiences, mental illness, demons, ghosts, monsters, werewolves, family, forming new friends, fighting for your family and friends.

 

Main character is – Grubb, about 15 or 16 year old boy

 

The story takes place in - a small town in England, Carcery Vale

 

Overall rating of this book  PG 13+ - Best left for readers 15 and older

 I'm going to label this an intense read - but I recommend it for older, mature readers. Shan is a wonderful author.

 
** Spoiler Alert **

 

~ Content ~

 

Language, profanity – bloody hell, ass - a handful of times

 

Sexual references or actions – talk of kissing, girls, one night stands, affairs, being attracted to a woman. Nothing described or over the top.

 

Violence – Yes - this is a book about demons, witchcraft, rituals, family being brutally murdered (yuck, some of the scenes were quite gross). Occult, animal deaths, etc. The monsters are icky and creepy.
 
(It sounds over the top - I loved it.)

 

Drugs, alcohol, etc – smoking, a mental patient is taking and addicted to drugs

 

Religious themes - Demon, hints of Satan

 

Character types - Humans, werewolves, beasts, creatures of death

 

Heads up for sensitive readers:

This is not a good book for sensitive readers.
Great book for older readers who are looking for something different, edgy.

Is this a good title for book reports?

    Not really. I feel this title is best left for summer reading - or the times when you need a book just for pleasure. Since this is a series, you may hook the reader into book after book.

This is also a paranormal title without all the lovely, dovey romance. Boys will enjoy it.
 

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Thanks for stopping!!
 
~ Jenna

 

1 comment:

  1. An excellent book choice , Jenna, and I agree with you that it's suitable for young adults.
    It was a good book to read. I thought that this was a good book that anyone could read. It's a book with action and a page turning story line. Darren Shan is an awesome author this is by far his best series yet. And it's a story about friendship, courage, and much more. I thought this book was amazing.


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