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The Monster

I received my copy from the publisher.By: Garth Nix and Sean Williams

TroubleTwisters book 2

The troubletwisters were lucky last time in defeating the Evil. Now is the time for them to focus, listen and learn. It is time for them to master their powers. That is not all though because Jaide and Jack still have to go to school but things there are looking up as there is a new girl, Tara, and she could be a friend. Strange things are going on though, including plenty of talk about the Portland Monster. Grandma X knows so many things that she isn’t sharing, Kleo and Ari are in a battle of their own and the twins are feeling left out. It seems that even with everything going in Jaide and Jack’s help is not wanted and combined with the difficulties of mastering their skills, they are left feeling very frustrated and prone to seeing the Evil everywhere. Are they falling victims to their own imaginations? Or is there really something they can do?

This story is dark complex and a little frustrating, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. The twins themselves are frustrated with the limits that are being put on them, which is understandable but Jaide’s repeated insistence of getting involved when she has been asked not to did get a little irritating. Having said that there are times when it is that very trait that pushes the story along. I also think I mentioned in the first book that this trait is very appropriate, an accurate representation of some people of that age.

On the whole the story is appealing and entertaining. It’s very darkness and various setbacks and frustrations are what set this book apart from many others in the age category. The addition of Tara is a welcome one as she helps break up the narrow focus of the twins.

Nix and Williams have given us a tight and well crafted story. If you like the work of either writer or you are looking for something that is more of a dark adventure, then definitely give this book a look.

Publisher: Allen & Unwin

Published: 01 May 2012

Format: Paperback 312 pages

Categories: Adventure, Mystery, Magic

ISBN 13: 9781742373997

Purchase: here or use Booktopia link on the side of the page

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