Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children By: Ransom Riggs

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And a strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children who once lived here – one of whom was his own grandfather – were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a desolate island for good reason. And somehow – impossible though it seems – they may still be alive

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is about Jacob Portman, grandson of Abe Portman. His grandpa has always told him stories of peculiar children and monsters but he never believed him and his stories. Until the day his grandpa is brutally murdered by a monster called a hallow. When grandpa Portman dies he tells Jacob to “find the bird, in the loop. On the other side of the old man’s grave. September third, 1940. Emerson-the letter, tell them what happened.” After nine months of everyone thinking he’s crazy because of this “monster” he claimed he saw, and his parents bringing him to a psychiatrist, he finally comes to the conclusion that what he saw wasn’t real. Until he finds a letter in an Emerson book. This takes him to a secluded island in Wales where he decodes his grandfather’s last words and finally meets the people of his grandfather’s crazy stories.

The book ends off in a cliff hanger where all of the peculiar children and Miss. Peregrine (in bird form) leave with Jacob to find where all the wights are. Wights are a certain type of monster that used to be a hallow but because it ate enough peculiar children it turned into a wight. Pretty much it upgraded to a monster that looks human except for its pupil less eyes. This book was written well and made good connections with the pictures-most of the time. There were times where the pictures were awkwardly paired with words and with the story. I can’t wait to read the second book! I can’t wait to see Jacob because throughout the book he really grew and it will be interesting to see him now that he’s with people like himself. Also, I want to see what new pictures will be in the book.

I decided to read this book because of the mysterious pictures. If you’ve seen the book then you understand. There’s so many peculiar pictures that it made me seriously curious. It took me a long time to get to it because when I bought it, I bought with many other books. Also, while I was reading it I got sick. When I get sick I have a habit of abandoning my books. This only happened while I’m sick and because I was sick for four days it took me forever to finish the book. As soon as I was well I kept reading in till I finished it. I have to say that the book did not disappoint.

The main character is Jacob Portman who’s one of those super smart misfits. He doesn’t really know who he is or where he stands in the world and sort of learns it in the course of this book. He has no friends except for Rickey who sort of abandons him in his time of need. His love interest is a girl named Emma who can wield fire and she’s one of the peculiar children. She also lives in 1940, in particular September third, 1940, which is pretty awesome. She lives in a loop along with Miss Peregrine and all the other peculiar children. A loop is pretty much a place was a day repeats itself. Miss Peregrine made it so that the children don’t die of the bomb raid that happened in September third, 1940 on their secluded island in Wales. The only people who know that time stopped and that their in a loop is the peculiar children and Miss Peregrine. Because their in a loop they don’t age. Because Emma can wield fire I thought she was awesome and just epic. It reminded me of Zuko from Avatar the Last Air bender which is just badass. I thought she was really strong for what’s happened in her life and she’s also very smart. Most of the other characters were really creative and unique but some characters were really similar that I couldn’t tell the difference and I had to double back and reread some bits. I feel as if that should never happen and in the second one that should be improved.

The book was mostly about Jacob finding himself and learning the truth about his grandfather. Jacob really went through an emotional roller coaster. First his grandfather dies right in front of him, then his parents put him through hell with a psychiatrist, then he gets a girlfriend, then he has to cope with him being a peculiar child and his grandfather never telling him. I found that crazy! I hope that in the next book it won’t be so down for him because I seriously feel bad.

I really disliked how all the children acted like children. These “children” have been children for seventy years and should be more mature. Their technically eighty-something’s, so they should act more mature, right? It’s like their immortal or vampires so the author, Ransom Riggs, should have made them more mature. That would have been more interesting. It would have been more epic to see these little eight to sixteen year olds talking very wisely. It didn’t make sense that they acted so childlike and immature. Another thing I disliked was how the author put a love interest. I feel like this story and this main character didn’t need a love interest and that it was very unnecessary. Not every story needs a love story, I was really hoping that this book wasn’t going to have that. Also, I found it creepy that she used to be with his grandfather. That is messed up! She canoodled (and probably more) with his grandfather and then with him! Talk about sloppy seconds!

Other than that, this book was awesomely dark and interesting! Oh, did I mention that this book is set in Wales! Welsh accents are awesome just like British accents! I really like how the author made this book the way it is despite some issues. I can’t wait to see how Jacob and Emma’s relationship is going to go since I don’t really support it. I can’t wait for more Polaroid photographs that help tell the tale.

Overalll, I give it four stars!

Happy Reading!

-Michelle Kumar

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Shattered Souls By: Mary Lindsey

Lenzi hears voices and has visions – gravestones, floods, a boy with steel gray eyes. Her boyfriend, Zak, can’t help, and everything keeps getting louder and more intense. Then Lenzi meets Alden, the boy from her dreams, who reveals that she’s a reincarnated Speaker – someone who can talk to and help lost souls – and that he has been her Protector for centuries.

Now Lenzi must choose between her life with Zak and the life she is destined to lead with Alden. But time is running out: a malevolent spirit is out to destroy Lenzi, and he will kill her if she doesn’t make a decision soon.

Before I start talking about the book I’d like to apologize for the blog being so dead the past few days! It’s that horrible time of the year again. With all the projects and exams coming up, Michelle and I might be slow to posting up some stuff the upcoming weeks! In other news, here’s the review! Enjoy!

The book Shattered souls is about a girl named Lenzi who suddenly starts to hear voices, thinking she is following the foot steps of her schizophrenic father, Lenzi ignores the voices. Her world changes when she meets a boy named Alden, a boy who keeps calling her Rose and claims that he can help her deal with the voices. He also claims that the voices are actually souls who desire help before passing on and that Lenzi is a speaker who can grant them their last wish.

Being a lover of the whole theme of reincarnation, I expected really good things from this book! I’ve always been fascinated with what happened to souls after we die. Do we simply cease to exist? Is there an after life? Will we be placed to heaven and or hell according to how we were in the life? Reincarnation gives me than we all get another chance in life. When I read this book, I found out only speakers (those who have the talent to speak to the dead) and their protectors (those who protect the speakers from the crazy souls) are reincarnated. I found this really fascinating. The world that Mary Lindsey created was very detailed. Mary talked very much about the rules, the jobs and the politics of the world of the speakers and protectors in great detail. I loved how she presented ghosts and the afterlife in the book Shattered Souls.

I have to be honest; I wasn’t much of a fan in the first couple of chapters of the book. The first 75 pages or so were pretty repetitive. Lenzi thought she was going crazy, she’d freak out, she’d calm down, she’d tell Alden to go away for being creepy. I found Lenzi a bit irritating the first handful of chapters, but as the story progresses, I found myself being fond of her. Lenzi grows up from a girl who refuses to believe in wondering souls to a girl who wants to help them and complains so much less than necessary. The pacing of the book also quickens. I remember taking a couple of days to get through the first 100 pages, but as I continued reading, I realize that I just couldn’t stop. I loved the last half of the book!

In this book, I was surprised not to see as much as I did from Lenzi’s boyfriend Zak. I originally thought this was a love triangle. But, the choice was very obvious from the first meeting! I loved how Mary depicted Lenzi. She was both that innocent girl who had no idea what’s going on and the one who kicked ass. The book showed Lenzi from the present and Rose from the past. This was just one of the perks of a book about reincarnation. I loved how Mary used the whole reincarnation theme and made two characters from one person, where as in other reincarnation books I’ve read, the lead was always the same in all lives and didn’t change significantly.

My favorite part of the book is most definitely just the way that Mary wrote. The world she created was amazing. She made a whole world with so much rules and such a strict system. I also loved how she twisted the whole reincarnation theme and make it stand out from all the rest!

Over all, this book was great! I shell rate it 3.5 because of the almost unbearably slow beginning.

-Caryl

The Lost Prince By: Julie Kagawa

Don’t look at Them. Never let Them know you can see Them.

That is Ethan Chase’s unbreakable rule. Until the fey he avoids at all costs—including his reputation—begin to disappear, and Ethan is attacked. Now he must change the rules to protect his family. To save a girl he never thought he’d dare to fall for.

Ethan thought he had protected himself from his older sister’s world—the land of Faery. His previous time in the Iron Realm left him with nothing but fear and disgust for the world Meghan Chase has made her home, a land of myth and talking cats, of magic and seductive enemies. But when destiny comes for Ethan, there is no escape from a danger long, long forgotten.
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The book The Lost Prince is about a boy named Ethan, brother of the Iron Queen/ powerful fey Queen, who wants nothing to do with the world of the fey which he was entangled with ever since he was a child. Although he does all he can to avoid the realm of the fey, the fey won’t seem to just leave him alone. One day, when some mysterious fey attack him he finds himself caught into the world of the fey once again.

Okay, I know what some of you are probably wondering there’s two reviews of the same book in our site, and no you’re not crazy. This is the second review of The Lost Prince this little blog of ours has posted! The previous review was my co-blogger’s Michelle! This is just one of the little perks that come with having two bloggers in one site! Now ya’ll get to see what I thought about this book!

First off all, I’d like to say I LOVE YOU JULIE KAGAWA! This book was amazing! It was all that I hoped it would be! I’ve always loved the world that Julie created. Nevernever just seems like a dream come true. I’ve been a fan of her ever since I read the Iron King and The Iron Fey series is most definitely one of my favourite series. I remember having to wait for the Iron Queen to come out and the year of hell I had to wait after reading it for The Iron knight to come out. Let’s just say I loved the whole series and this was not a disappointment!

For me, the best parts of the book was just seeing the old characters again. I just missed everybody. Specially that darn cat. I missed Ash’s quietness and Puck annoying him. I missed way Ash and Meghan were just perfect with each other and Ash and Puck’s bromance. I was so exited to see Ethan again, and is it creepy to say that he grew up good? Like really good? Look at him at the frickin’ cover! Honestly? Who else felt so old seeing  Ethan and Keirran and falling in love with them, then realize that their the little brother and son of your fave characters. Now tell me that thought didn’t pop into your head while reading this.

This book was very a very easy read, it was action-packed and just really fast paced. I found myself reading this quite slowly though and trying to stop myself from reading it too fast because I know I’d have to wait another year for the next book to come out. Now, let’s talk about the characters? Ethan, well… Let’s just say, he’s not that same innocent little Ethan Chase that Meghan left years ago. This Ethan pretty much just kicks butt now. He’s arrogant and well, turned into a ‘bad boy’. Wow, I felt weird saying that… It was so amazing to see sweet Ethan who didn’t want to leave Meagan’s side, to this guy who’s just plain rude to her. Then, there was Keirran. I loved Keirran so much. He’s the 1/4 fey son of Meghan  who still manages to have all the powers of the 3 courts. How is that even possible? Personally, I kinda thought Keirran was more of Ash and Puck put together than Ash and Megan. Is that a little too weird? I find that the heroines on the story didn’t stand out to me that much. I mean, I didn’t really know what to expect for Keirran’s and Ethan’s love interest, but I’ve always thought it would be somebody strong willed and somebody as awesome as Meghan, but that’s the thing. it’s really hard to surpass the character of Meghan Chase because she’s already that amazing.

Overall, The book was amazing. It was way better than all of my expectations! I actually read this sometime in November, so I’m sorry for such a late review! I was really upset when I heard that The Iron Knight would be the last instalment in Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey series, but once I found out that there would be a spin-off series I was just fan-girling.  The next book in The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten series is called The Traitor Son, and I’ll be completely honest. I’m kind of scared of what’ll happen in that one just because of the title. I deeply recommend this book. If you also have not read the first book I am telling you now to go read it, cause it’s frickin’ awesome. Good-bye and I LOVE YOU JULIE KAGAWA.

If you all want to see Michelle’s review of Julie Kagawa’s The Lost Prince, click HERE.

-Caryl

The Demon King By: Cinda Williams Chima

Times are hard in the mountain city of Fellsmarch. Reformed thief Han Alister will do almost anything to eke out a living for for his family. The only thing of value he has is something he can’t sell – the thick silver cuffs he’s worn since birth. They’re clearly magicked – as he grows, they grow, and he’s never been able to get them off.

One day Han and his clan friend, Dancer, confront three young wizards setting fire to the sacred mountain of Hanalea. Han takes an amulet from Micah Bayar, son of the High Wizard, to keep him from using it against them. Soon Han learns that the amulet has an evil history – it once belonged to the Demon King, the wizard who nearly destroyed the world a millennium ago. With a magical piece that powerful at stake, Han knows that the Bayars will stop at nothing to get it back.

Meanwhile, Raisa ana’Marianna, princess heir of the Fells, has her own battles to fight. She’s just returning to court after three years of freedom in the mountains – riding, hunting, and working the famous clan markets. Raisa wants to be more than an ornament in a glittering cage. She aspires to be like Hanalea – the legendary warrior queen who killed the Demon King and saved the world. But her mother has other plans for her – including marriage to a suitor who goes against everything the queendom stands for.

The Seven Realms tremble when the lives of Han and Raisa collide, fanning the flames of the smoldering war between clans and wizards.

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The Demon King is the first book of four books in the Seven Realm series. The Demon King is about Hanson “Han” Alister, who walked away from “the life”. It’s about how he struggles to be seen as an innocent person after being a street lord and also how we gets caught up in something a thousand years in the making. It’s also about Raisa ana’Marianna who is the heir to the gray wolf throne and the heir to the queendom of Fellsmarch. It’s also about her struggles in knowing whats good for her people.

The reason I wanted to read this book was because of the synopsis. It sounded pretty epic. I was intrigued with the whole thing about Han being a reformed street lord  Also, the heir of the throne and whether she would be spoiled or not. I was also wondering how their lives would intertwine even though there from different social classes. Despite the fact that some people told me it was slow and that I shouldn’t read it, I still took a chance and decided to buy and read it. That’s why it took me forever to get to this book. After reading it though I wish I read it sooner and that I didn’t listen to certain people.

The characters were all different with their own problems and personalities, which I highly respected and liked. Han, one of the main characters, was smart, handsome, hardworking, clever, and understanding. He understands mostly because of the way he explains things, the way he thinks, and how you can actually relate to him even though most of us haven’t been in his predicament. Raisa, the other main character, was also smart, hardworking, clever, and understanding with the addition of being well spoken. I liked her because no matter what she always wanted to be independent and understand/know what’s going on in court. This is good considering the fact that she’s the future of the throne. Micah annoyed me but I weirdly accepted him and his narcissism. I liked Amon but as a best friend not as anything else. I would like to see more of him and how he’s doing with not being able to be with Raisa. I think that the author, Cinda William Chima, did a good job making unique stories and personalities for each character, it made them feel real.

I actually liked how it was slow because I think that it showed detail that was needed. In the book when they tell the story of Hanalea and Alger Waterlow, I felt that if the author hadn’t explained it slowly and delicately then I would’ve gotten seriously confused. Some people don’t appreciate when an author does that but I happen to respect and appreciate it. The author made the book in a way that it was never completely dry or boring and I like how she made it flow like that.

I liked how the chapters had names because it told you only a glimpse of what could happen which I always liked. Especially because the titles don’t give anything away. The book was in an alternating P.O.V. between Han and Raisa. This gives us a glimpse of lower class life and upper class life and how different they are. Also, you get to watch something a thousand years in the making unfold in two different pairs of eyes.

Overall, this book was an amazing read that left me wanted more, which just means that’s it’s an awesome, epic, great read. Thankfully all the books in the Seven Realm series are already published so all I have to do is find the rest of the books in paperback.

This book made it to my ’12 Amazing Books of 2012′ list! So, check it out? Click HERE to see the list.

Happy  New Years!

-Michelle

Name of the Star By: Maureen Johnson

     New York Times bestseller Maureen Johnson takes on Jack the Ripper in this captivating paranormal thriller!

The day that Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London to start a new life at boarding school is also the day a series of brutal murders breaks out over the city, killings mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper spree of more than a century ago. Soon “Rippermania” takes hold of modern-day London, and the police are left with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. Rory spotted the man police believe to be the prime suspect. But she is the only one who saw him–the only one who can see him. And now Rory has become his next target. In this edge-of-your-seat thriller, full of suspense, humor, and romance, Rory will learn the truth about the secret ghost police of London and discover her own shocking abilities.

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The Name of the Star is the first book in the Shades of London series. It’s about Aurora ‘Rory’ Deveaux who leaves her small Louisiana town and goes to London with her parents to attend a London boarding school. During her first day she hears of grotesque, bloody murders that mimic Jack the Rippers and learns that the first murder isn’t the last. She learns of her new abilities and gets so caught up in the case that she becomes a potential victim.

I had this book in my tbr pile for the longest time and I was overjoyed to actually read it this year. The reason I wanted to read this is because it talks about Jack the Ripper. Who doesn’t want to read about the most notorious murderer who killed five people, is still unknown, and came from the macabre streets of Victorian London? Seriously, that’s what I call awesome. It came under Historical Fiction, Horror, and Thriller and that to me spells out awesome. It also takes place in London which means British accents everywhere.

The main character is Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux who, like I said above, moves to London to go to a boarding school because her parents started to work in London. I liked her because she didn’t see things in her ‘American eyes’ where everything British is totally strange, highly irregular, and is not likeable. Overall she was very likable and a character I quite frankly would want to be friends with. Jazza was Rory’s first friend she made at her school and happens to be her best friend. She was nice and I liked how she was shy and quite. I felt like I could relate to her. Jerome I have to say I didn’t quite hate nor did I like. I thought he was an interesting character because he wants to be a reporter and is highly intelligent. But I also hated him because I didn’t want him to be with Rory. I would like Stephen to be with Rory. And that brings us to Stephen. I liked him a lot! His description was awesome. I liked the story about how he wanted to commit suicide and how he recovered from that. Surprisingly I didn’t hate any of the characters. I even liked the antagonist, which I don’t what to talk about for fears of spoilers.


     I absolutely loved the covers. I say covers because there are in fact three different covers. One has an unconscious girl and what appears to be the ghost of Jack the ripper. Which I thought was cool but also made me think that it was actually set in Victorian London. The second one is white with greenish blue typography and what looks like a dark park at night with shadowy figures. I liked it because it has a lot of mystery and doesn’t give away anything of the plot. It also happens to be the one I own. The third just so happens to be the U.K. cover and my favourite. It has this very pretty girl with dark hair, a small butterfly that’s in her hair and below her is what appears to be a skyline very close to the buildings. I like this one the most because there’s a pretty girl, the skyline looks cool, the typography looks old and gothic, and the sentence on the cover says “Jack the Ripper is back…” That was surprising because I didn’t think I had so much to say about the covers.


     One thing I really loved about this book is the nostalgia I got. Your probably thinking this is the first book, what nostalgia are you talking about? Well, the nostalgia i’m talking about is Hogwarts. You heard me,Hogwarts.  This book showed the typical day at a boarding school which happens to be a much MUCH more normal version of Hogwarts. I simply loved it. Also, I haven’t read a book in a long time in which they included British slang. I loved it! Not to mention more nostalgia coming from the fact that it reminded me a lot of Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendre Blake. The horror, the ghosts, the ghost hunting, and the mystery. It’s funny how all the nostalgia is coming from books on my favourite shelf.

What I thought was interesting in the book was how the obvious love interest hasn’t happened yet. And yes I’m talking about Stephen and Rory. You can tell their going to end up together just not in this book. Probably in the Madness underneath, this happens to be the second book in the shades of London. I liked that because other authors make their obvious love interests fall in love immediately but Maureen Johnson, the author, is actually making her characters fall in love like normal people. I found that refreshing.

I loved the way she put the plot together. Just the way she spun it all together, it resulted in something perfect. The plot twisted in places in so many places I didn’t predict, and that made it so much better!The backbone of this plot was the mystery on why the ghost is doing it and who he is.


     Overall, I simply adored this book! I can’t wait in till I buy the Madness Underneath so I can continue this epic, awesome story. I have high hopes for the Madness Underneath and judging by this book, Maureen Johnson won’t let me down. I also happen to have two other books that she wrote on my tbr pile that I’ve wanted to read since the beginning of last year and hope that I can read them within the coming year.

This book is definitely five huge stars!

Happy Holidays guys! Happy reading! 🙂

– Michelle

The Selection By: Keira Cass

The Selection By: Kiera Cass

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself–and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

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The book Selection is about a girl who unwillingly joins the “Selection” where 35 girls compete for Prince Manxon’s love. The lead, America, joins because people who join usually get money while they stay in the palace. America has to leave her love, Aspen, and has to fight for the love of a man she barely knows. Soon enough the two meet and befriends another.

I’ve had this book in my TBR pile for a while, I finally got to it when certain people kept telling (yelling at) me to read it. I’ve heard really good things about it, you wouldn’t believe how many people describes this as The Hunger Game’s and The Bachelor’s baby. So I finally got to it, and it was awesome! I have no idea why I hadn’t gotten to it sooner!

The plot was… unique… I mean, you don’t see people comparing The Hunger Games and The Bachelor very much because they’re two completely genres, but Kiera Cass just… she somehow made it frickin’ awesome. I have to admit, I didn’t see very much of the whole “Hunger Games” part of the book, but I’m expecting there to be more action in the upcoming books! To me the book seemed to just build up the anticipation of what the rebels want and the real mystery behind the palace, I actually expected a very big ending. I didn’t get that big action packed ending that I wanted, but it was great nonetheless.

There were so many characters in this book and I think that’s what made the world seem so real. Most of the characters were the contestants America befriends in the competition. Each and everyone of these girls were unique in their own way. They were all so happy, corky and so dang nice! Personally, one of my favorite character is Prince Maxon (LOL, I guess you guys know who I ship now.) He was genuinely nice. If you wanted something, he’d try his best to give it to you. He barely went out of the castle, this made him so innocent and just plain cute. When you think of prince you think strong and forward character, but Prince Maxon was just very shy and awkward.

The highlight of this story was definitely Prince Maxon’s and America’s love story. There is a love triangle in this story between America, the prince and Aspen, the man from her home town America is in love with. Personally, I love Maxon soo much more than Aspen. I guess it’s because America and the Prince are friends first, then their friendship grows into something more. A part of me loved watching America and Maxon’s friendships grow, but somewhere in the middle of the book (ehemm… for all those people who already read it know what I mean…. ehemm…) it just all falls apart and you just give up.

Overall, this book was great. I wish I could have seen more action in it, but it was still awesome without it! I can’t wait until the .5 of the series comes out. The Prince will be out in March 5,2013 and will be in e-book format. I can’t wait because its written in Maxon’s perspective. This book was great and I expect good things from the rest of the trilogy. I love you Kiera Cass. That is all.

-Caryl

The Twisted Tragedy of Miss Natalie Stewart By: Leanna Renee Hieber

     I’m coming for you.

The whispers haunt her dreams and fill her waking hours with dread. Something odd is happening. Something…unnatural.

Possession of the living. Resurrection of the dead. And Natalie Stewart is caught right in the middle. Jonathon, the one person she thought she could trust, has become a double agent for the dark side. But he plays the part so well, Natalie has to wonder just how much he’s really acting.

She can’t even see what it is she’s fighting. But the cost of losing her heart, her sanity…her soul.

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The Twisted Tragedy of Miss Natalie Stewart starts from where Darker Still, the first book of the Magic Most Foul saga, left off. Natalie and Lord Denbury are on the run because they need to run away from people who might think that Lord Denbury is a murderer and also because the magic still lingers on them and they need some space from the magic that’s in Manhattan. On their run they learn of a society that’s held responsible for the demon that terrorized them and realise that banishing the demon wasn’t the end of the story.

When I first decided to read this book I thought it would be exactly the same as Darker Still but with other demons and no one’s soul captured in a beautiful, life like, painting. But as soon as I read the first thirty pages I realized that a lot more was different. The book wasn’t written in diary format like Bram Stokers Dracula this time, but it was written regularly with the exception of letters and telegrams. With a whole society out there it was seriously different because u weren’t looking at one demons plan to murder and conquer. Also, in this book you deal with more runes and exorcists.

The old characters were the same as they were in Darker Still. Natalie Stewart is still a kind, clever, brave character that loves to know everything that’s going on and loves to protect her loved ones. Jonathan Whitby, Lord Denbury, is still absurdly handsome, smart, and British. I still really love his London accent because people with London and British accents in general are just simply awesome. Mrs. Northe changed because throughout the book they mention how they don’t know her intentions and will forever be in debt to her, because of that I looked at her differently. In this book you also learn a bit more about her past before Natalie and the painting showed up in her life. Maggie in this book was plain crazy. I don’t want to spoil the book, but the shrine she made, and the way she acts with Lord Denbury is just creepy.

As for new characters, you have Nathaniel Veil (which is an awesome name) and Rachel Horowitz. Nathaniel Veil is Lord Denbury’s best mate, is an actor, and hails from London as well. I loved his description because he had blue eyes, black hair, a london accent, but looked rugged. He was a great character because he reminded me of William Henry Herondale from The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare. Also, he helped a lot on their adventure even thought he only showed up twice in the book. he looks like hes a very loyal friend to Lord Denbury, as well. Rachel was a very kind character that could feel ghost and hear them talking to her despite the fact that she can’t hear and shes mute. Because of her entering the story and plot you could learn more about Natalie when she was at the Asylum(the one for people with disabilities).

I loved the references in the book because they were so much fun. They referred to Jack the Ripper because the book is set a couple years before Jack the Ripper appeared in white chapel, so one of the society members stated how they could kill people by ripping them apart without anyone discovering who did it. I loved when I read that because I’m betting the author is suggesting that a demon did it. There were many references to Shakespeare, Edger Allen Poe and Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein  I liked that because the book is set in 1880 and is of course a Gothic, macabre, steampunk age.

When the author, Leanna Renee Hieber, made Nathaniel say that everyone is either born with darkness or darkness is thrust upon them and that you either die with it or you learn how to live with it, it showed me that gothic edge to the Victorian age. Also, there’s something about people understanding their in a macabre  gothic age that I really liked because it showed that people can acknowledge the age their in and accept it. When Mrs. Northe states that, it was quite interesting to see how she interpreted theater and how it’s refreshing to see people that do acknowledge pain and darkness.

Overall, I adored the sequel to Darker Still, The Twisted Tragedy of Miss Natalie Stewart, and thought it was a great follow up. I hope that despite the way that it ended that their will be a third book in this wonderful saga.

-Michelle