Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Skulduggery Pleasant Kingdom of the Wicked Review and Giveaway


I love coming across something new - especially books! and was excited to be sent Derek Landy's Skulduggery Pleasant, Kingdom of the Wicked.

This is obviously for children older than my little ones, however at 33, I have to say, I'm still a big fan of all things magic, mystical, fantasy, and make-believe - I'd rather be reading about vampires, ghosts, wizards, knights, murders and mysteries than about mushy chick lit or various shades of monotone.
Derek Landy Skulduggery Pleasant Kingdom of the Wicked - emma in bromley, giveaway, comp and review


I loved the way this was written - it was easy to define the characters - Derek portrays the vocabulary  of the teenagers perfectly! its easy to follow the dialogue of each character - there are a lot of characters in this story and I'm completely new to the series, and at no point did I find this confusing and even though I only get to read in short burst (Thanks to my small children!) I didn't lose sight of the story! It really was one I wanted to keep reading (Sorry kids, just one more cartoon while I have a 5 min read!)


I'm not sure if its just a sign of my age but I did feel that some of the content - such as actual murders was a little advanced for adolescent readers but then I remember, at this age it was all about Point Horror for me! - and now I'm a parent, murder is one of the things on that list to keep my kids sheltered from for as long as possible!

(As the story is all based on a virus which gives victims the ability to do sorcery, I don't think its anything that could ever be taken as anything other than a story!)

I think this winter, I'd quite like to catch a little bit of magic rather than the usual cold!


The Skulduggery Pleasant series is hilarious, smart, action packed and full of extraordinary characters – a riotous blend of brilliant storytelling and comic book excitement, it’s perfect reading for kids who are bored of the same old heroes. Children of 9 and up from all over the world have discovered the awesome thrills and humour of the skeleton detective and his teenage sidekick as they battle to save the world.


Kingdom of the Wicked is the seventh instalment in the biggest, funniest, most thrilling comedy-horror-adventure series in the universe - and the follow-up to 2011’s number-one bestseller, Death Bringer…


Across the land, normal people are suddenly developing wild and unstable powers. Infected by a rare strain of magic, they are unwittingly endangering their own lives and the lives of the people around them. Terrified and confused, their only hope lies with the Sanctuary. Skulduggery Pleasant and Valkyrie Cain are needed now more than ever.


And then there's the small matter of Kitana. A normal teenage girl who, along with her normal teenage friends, becomes infected. Becomes powerful. Becomes corrupted. Wielding the magic of gods, they're set to tear the city apart unless someone stands up against them.


To celebrate the launch of the latest book (Kingdom of the Wicked) I have the whole series of Skulduggery Pleasant consisting of seven books to be won by one of my lucky readers! 


Skulduggery Pleasant can be bought on Amazon


How to Enter
All you have to do is leave a comment below naming another Derek Landy book (there are lots to choose from!) and a way for me to contact you if you win! (twitter id or email addy etc) 
One reader will win one set of 7 Skulduggery Pleasant books, sent out directly from the lovely PR lady.

UK entries only please.

Winners selected using random.org, please reply with your details with 7days of winning or another winner will be selected.

Bonus entries:
Tweet a link to the comp including @beachpebble
Like "Emma in Bromley" Facebook page
Pin the comp on pinterest
Google + this post
Follow me on GFC
Please leave a separate comment below for each of your bonus entries (max 1 for each method)

Comp closes at 12noon on Wednesday 26th September! 


Emma in Bromley xx

132 comments:

  1. Shall we start with the first of the series then, which was just called Skullduggery Pleasant and which was rather awesome? Especially for boys who are quite hard to please. :-) You can contact me via twitter @pootlermse. (I've also tweeted, liked on FB, GFCed and G+ed)

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  2. Skulduggery Pleasant: Playing With Fire

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  4. Skulduggery Pleasant Scepter of the Ancients

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  5. Dark Days

    bjstabler@hotmail.com

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  6. The Faceless One (yikes!) :) @pipersky1

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  7. I've weeted :) https://twitter.com/pipersky1/status/249492787123322880 @pipersky1

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  8. Already like on Facebook :) @pipersky1

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  9. I've Google+1'd the post :) @pipersky1

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  10. Skulduggery Pleasant: The Faceless Ones
    Following @jpaddey

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  11. Mortal Coil (Skulduggery Pleasant, #5)

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  12. Skulduggery Pleasant The End Of The World (World Book Day Short Story).

    @RobynLuat221b

    I'll tweet about it when i get on my laptop! (':

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  13. Skulduggery Pleasant:
    The Faceless Ones

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  14. Skulduggery Pleasant Playing With Fire

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  17. Skulduggery Pleasant: Playing With Fire

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  18. Playing with Fire - my son read one of these recently & dying to read the rest of them! I

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  19. tweeted link to the page

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  20. Mortal Coil - thanks for the giveaway x

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  21. tweeted https://twitter.com/Top_cat81/status/249894930275774465

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  22. pinned http://pinterest.com/pin/269301252689023615/

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  23. http://pinterest.com/pin/196188127488555851/ pinned it

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  24. Playing with fire

    Carol Ann Coldicott S on fb

    @so_fairly on twitter

    castirmey@hotmail.com

    thankyou

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  25. Skulduggery Pleasant:
    The Faceless Ones @ali991

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  26. Followed via GFC Alison (dragon pic) @ali991

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  27. The Lost Art of World Domination :)

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  28. skullduggery pleasant-playing with fire :)
    @sarahrees151286

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  29. Skulduggery Pleasant Scepter of the Ancients

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  32. Scepter of the Ancients

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  33. skullduggery pleasant -- playing with fire

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  34. skullduggery pleasant - playing with fire

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  35. Have liked Emma in Bromley on Facebook too

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  36. Dark Days, great comp thanks, my daughter loves these books.

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  38. scepter of the ancients

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  39. My boys love these books, They enjoyed Death Bringer and Mortal Coil

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  40. following on facebook as Samantha Ripley
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  41. following and pinned on pinterest
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  42. following on gfc as samantha_ripley
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  43. Skulduggery Pleasant Scepter of the Ancients

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  44. I have tweeted the link to the competition as @angoewright78

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  45. The Faceless Ones
    i have google+ or twitter mieke76

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  46. death bringer

    can be contacted by email
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  47. Skulduggery Pleasant: The Faceless Ones

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  48. Skulduggery Pleasant: The Faceless Ones

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  49. Skulduggery Pleasant Scepter of the Ancients

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  50. This competition is now closed.

    Thank you to everyone who took part.

    Congratulations to the winner:

    sweetiepie82Tuesday, September 25, 2012 8:16:00 PM
    Death Bringer

    @MrsD_Winchester

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  51. skulduggery pleasant Dark Days
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  52. The Maleficent Seven
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Emma x