Lord Loss (Demonata #1)
By Darren Shan
Summary: 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.
Lord Loss was full of gore and horror and violence.
The book was in the YA section of the bookstore and not the Middle Grade section and I think that’s largely due to how much gore was in it, but otherwise, I feel like it belongs in the MG section. Which is part of the reason I only rated it 3 stars.
Lord Loss would be the perfect book to give to fans of Goosebumps who have begun to grow out of that phase and long for something a little darker, but is still a younger teen. It’s a great book for those who aren’t old enough for actual horror, but aren’t prone to nightmares. It’s a perfect book for kids young enough to distrust parents and adults, but old enough to not be completely horrified by blood and demons.
As an adult who loves YA, I do have to be careful sometimes because there are books in that section that are too young for me and Lord Loss was one of them. Some books just feature younger characters while others rely on the reader to also be wary of authority and adults and once you are an adult, those books just don’t work anymore. I’ll gladly read about a 15 year old main character, but not if he thinks that even though this one adult is being super upfront and open about a subject, that person should automatically be suspected and it’s perfectly acceptable to slink around and not trust them and go with your gut about something you have zero experience with. *sigh*
To be fair, though, if you have a teen (especially a teen boy) who seems to not want to read and loves horror, this book will probably get him to read again. It’s fun and violent and awesome.