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Troubletwisters: The Monster Hardcover – 4 Jun 2012

4.3 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Age Range: 10 years and up
  • Publisher: Egmont (4 Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405258594
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405258593
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 2.5 x 20.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,418,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Garth Nix Garth Nix’ is best known for his award-winning fantasies Sabriel, Lirael and Abhorsen and the seven books of The Keys to the Kingdom series. His books have appeared on the bestseller lists of The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, The Guardian, The Sunday Times and The Australian. Sean Williams Number-one New York Times-bestseller Sean Williams is the author of The Fixers, The Broken Land and The Books of the Change for young readers. He also writes space opera and the occasional Star Wars novel, most recently The Old Republic: Fatal Alliance and The Force Unleashed II.

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I like Garth Nix's work. The "Keys to the Kingdom" series is remarkably creative and well done, with an engaging hero and a complicated but comprehensible alternate world. The "Seventh Tower" series is action packed, and based in a coherent, complex and imaginatively created world. The problem with both series is that they were awfully padded out in the middle, and could easily have been, at most, trilogies. When I read the first Troubletwisters book I thought we were in for another good start-slow middle-strong finish opus.

Well, the very good news is that this book two is, if anything, better than book one. In book one the twins were awfully dense about their developing powers and the adults were miserly with explanations, so that you were frustrated by how slowly the story was being set up. This book two takes off like a rocket, with a lot more action, character development and advancement of the story. (Although, chapter one has a lot of narrative explanation of the back story from book one. I like that because, since I read a lot of similar books, it reminds me of where we are, what happened before, and who the major characters are. Some authors try to weave that info into the story and dialogue, but I prefer a straight intro that gets that out of the way.)

The twins remain appealing characters, and the sibling rivalry angle has been mostly abandoned. The introduction of a new character, Tara, adds some nice variety. Like everyone else I'd like a villain a little more developed than "the Evil", but actually that works better than a complicated and lame villain backstory.
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Trouble Twisters - The Monster starts where Book 1 left off. If you haven't read the first book, I'd suggest starting there as Book 2 continues the story one week after the first book concludes. Jack and Jaide's story slows down somewhat in Book 2 as we learn more about their characters, their friends and the nature of their Gifts. The first three quarters of the story is a sequence of events that lead to lots of questions and no answers, as Grandma X, Ari and Kleo are keen to hide what's going on from the twins. I almost stopped reading, feeling frustrated by the number of questions and lack of action. But of course this is a Garth Nix/Sean Williams story, all this had to be going somewhere, so I stuck with it and was mightily pleased I did. The last quarter of the story exploded like a firework in my hands as all the story strands come together in a powerful and satisfying ending.... and then just when I was wondering if I would read Book 3, the authors threw out one last dazzling question about the fate of the twins and now they've got me hook, line and sinker. I've given The Monster 4 stars instead of 5, as I nearly lost heart half way through. But I'm peachy keen to read Book 3 now.
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This story picks up almost where the first one ends, only now the rumour of a mysterious monster roaming Portland has Jack and Jade on the case like two blood hounds. However with their mysterious Grandma X acting even more mysterious than ever and the cats up to something of their own, Jack and Jade find themselves stumbling from one situation to the next in a bid to find the truth. A good adventure for young readers.
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If you read the first, you need to continue. The second one is just as good. It's fun, well written, pacy, inoffensive, and ideal for pretty much all ages over 10 or so. There are a few to go and hopefully a few more people will take it up and turn it into a popular series. Both Nix and Williams have delved into YA before and these books show how well they are working together.
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I just love and even adore Garth Nix, so whatever he writes I am never disappointed . He is a great kids' writer :) All his books are worth reading, great imagination , great fantasy worlds, always entertaining. I enjoy the twins adventures and looking forward to read more.
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