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House of Secrets: Battle of the Beasts by Chris Columbus and Ned Vizzini

Posted by Caitie F on April 4, 2014

Title: House of Secrets: Battle of the Beasts18090029
Author: Ned Vizzini and Chris Columbus
Hardcover: 420 pages
Pub Date: March 25, 2014
Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books
Rating: ++++

Summary from pub:

The sequel to the New York Times bestselling House of Secrets is full of even more explosive twists and turns.

Since the siblings’ last adventure, life in the Walker household is much improved—the family is rich and the Wind Witch is banished. But no Walker will be safe until she is found, and summoning her to San Francisco brings all the danger that comes with her and puts the Walkers in the crosshairs of a mysterious journey through Denver Kristoff’s books. As the Walkers travel from ancient Rome to World War II to Tibet, they’ll be tested in ways that cut deeper than before, by Denver Kristoff, the Wind Witch, and each other.


The first book in this series was a lot of fun to read and the second does not disappoint in that department!

It is as fun and action-packed as the first and the characters stay true to who they are, with some character development as they grow up. I think most readers will relate to one of the three siblings and find annoyances in the others. It makes it a slightly deeper read if you think why you don’t like certain characters or strategies.

Of course, it is all those differences that come together to make a great team and figure out how to survive in three more Kristoff stories.

This series won’t win any awards and isn’t the best series ever, but it is a lot of fun to read and is an ideal series for reluctant readers. It is so creative and exciting – middle grade readers will be asking for more!


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