Monday, July 1, 2013

Troubletwisters #2: The Monster by Garth Nix and Sean Williams

The Monster (Troubletwisters, #2)This book is the second in the series, and I gave it a rating of four out of five. It's been a couple of weeks since the end of the previous book, and Jaide and Jack are trying to master their Gifts. However, they are called troubletwisters, because their magical powers often cause bad things to occur. In addition, people in Portland have reported seeing a huge beast, but no one is sure if it actually exists. A new girl moves to town, and her father is developing the property next to Grandma X. The Jaide and Jack have some suspicions about her father. The kids think that The Evil has managed to return, possibly through the new girl's father, but Grandma X tries to assure them that it's not possible. Jaide and Jack discover that their fears are real, and another Ward may be in danger of falling. If that happens, The Evil will be able to enter our world and control the minds of all living things.

This plot is similar to the previous book, and the kids' powers manage to mess things up. They also have trouble following Grandma's orders, so that complicates matters. Kleo, the cat, is having a huge conflict with another cat, and a showdown to see who will control all of the cats in Portland is imminent. If you liked the first book, you'll probably like this one too.

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