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Book Review – Troubletwisters by Garth Nix & Sean Williams

June 9, 2011 1 comment

Book Description:

A spectacular new middle-grade fantasy series from NYT bestselling authors Garth Nix and Sean Williams, in which two twins find that they must act as wards against a threatening evil.

The Evil has been trying to break into our dimension and dominate the earth for centuries. Unbeknownst to most of us, there are Wardens all over the globe, who protect humanity from the Evil that asserts itself at the Portals, which are the only places through which the Evil may pass into our world.

Jaide and Jack Shield don’t know that the world is under attack. They don’t know that their dad and their Grandma X, who they move in with, are Wardens, or that they themselves are troubletwisters, young Wardens just coming into their powers.

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My nephew was pretty scornful when I described The Mysterious Benedict Society‘s climactic heroes vs villain face-off as ‘pulse-pounding’. He said if I wanted a real ‘pulse-pounding’ book, I should read his copy of Troubletwisters by Garth Nix & Sean Williams. So I did 🙂 And I really should start getting recommendations from him; Troubletwisters packs a wallop of exciting nonstop action and gruesome creepy-crawly monsters that should satisfy both the discerning young (and older) fantasy-horror reader.

12-year-old twins Jaide and Jack are pretty ordinary preteens who live with a busy paramedic mom and an absentee dad. When their house explodes from a series of supernatural freaky incidents (that the twins can’t actually remember well after the fact), they are sent to live in far-flung Portland with their previously unknown paternal Grandma X. Grandma X acts more than a little dodgy – serving them hot chocolate that clouds their memories, and never quite telling them the whole truth about why she calls them ‘troubletwisters’. What Jaide and Jack discover is that they are coming into their family ‘Warder’ inheritance – including ‘powers’ that they will need to control – even as they are sorely tested from without by an unknown enemy (who also tempts them into joining the ‘dark side’). The twins don’t know who to trust as they get attacked by an escalating series of gruesome supernaturally-controlled creepy crawly monsters (each more gruesome than the next!)

No wonder my nephew loved this book – there are virtually no slow parts, with the action moving fast from one challenge to another – it’s all go-go-go suspense from the time the twins’ house explodes, to all the many incidents where the twins have to use their smarts and still-uncontrolled gifts to escape from or defeat a mysterious evil. Garth Nix and Sean Williams really tap into the kind of horrors that young kids would be able to identify with (and yet still enjoy since it’s experienced in the safety of just reading about it!)

I was certainly delighted by Troubletwisters, and heartily recommend it to both the young and older 🙂 Just be prepared for much talk about cockroaches, ants and rats and other things that may make your skin crawl (especially with their unnatural white eyes) – creepy! 🙂

Troubletwisters by Garth Nix & Sean Williams is available on Amazon as a Hardcover edition ($12.40) and Audible Audio Edition ($14.95). There’s no US Kindle edition unfortunately, but Amazon UK does have it (only for those in the UK though!)

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Weekly Meme: Own or Borrow? (Booking Through Thursday)

June 9, 2011 26 comments

The weekly Booking Through Thursday question of the week (via the Booking Through Thursday blog) is:

All things being equal (money, space, etc), would you rather own copies of the books you read? Or borrow them?

Well, looking right now at my unending Kindle archive listing of books, it looks like I’m the ‘buying my own copies of books’ sort. It’s quite a shock really to scroll through all of them – I honestly had no idea I have so much in my library! I think it’s a mixture of the easy one-click button (on Amazon) or the massive sales they have regularly. 🙂 (Or the frebies, of which there are definitely a LOT of too)

I borrow a lot of books also (from family, friends, the library), so you’d think that would stop me from buying! But no, if I read something I really like, I’ll go off and get a copy for myself too (And if it’s the first in a series, I’ll be grabbing the rest too!)… Any book lovers aka hoarders’ anonymous meetings out there I should know about? lol

What about you, do you own or borrow your books?

(p.s. If you like participating in memes/blog hops, be sure to check out the Meme Directory for the Book Bloggers!)

(p.s.s. If it’s your first time to visit my blog, please have a look around especially if you read digital books. I post a lot of (legal) freebies that I find here)

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