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I received this as an ARC from the publisher.

By: Garth Nix and Sean Williams

Twins Jack and Jaide have had a fairly normal life for 12 years until the day their home mysteriously explodes and they are forced to go and live with a Grandmother they have never met, in a town they have never heard of. In a short amount of time it becomes clear the Grandma X is beyond a little weird, but that is only the beginning of the troubles and oddities they discover. Truths they have always known become not quite so true and why does Grandma X keep calling them ‘troubletwisters’? Then there are the talking cats, swarms of insects and mini tornadoes appearing to trash their room.

They quickly discover that life is very different to what they thought and out there is a darkness they never knew existed.

An enjoyable and entertaining read that left me wanting to know what happens next. Though I have to say I did experience levels of frustration as I read, which I came to the conclusion was me identifying too closely with Jack and Jaide. Like them I wanted to be told what was going on and not be put off until a better time. Surely that is a sign these authors have created believable characters in a somewhat fantastical setting.

Publisher: Allen & Unwin

Published: 01 May 2011

Format: Hardback 304 pages

Categories: Adventure, Fantasy

ISBN 13: 9780545258975

Pre-order: here

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