25th out of 45 books — 3 voters
Meeting (Magic Next Door #2)
When Maya Andersen and her family moved to Spores Ferry, Oregon, they didn't know there'd be magic right next door. Their new neighbors in the Janus House Apartments all have unusual powers, and the basement is a Grand Central Station to other worlds. Maya and her alien companion, Rimi, are learning how to live together and how to keep their secret-which becomes a lot hard...more
Hardcover, 314 pages
Published August 4th 2011 by Viking Juvenile
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"Meetings" continues Nina Kiriki Hoffman's sparkling "Magic Next Door" series. Maya is trying to cope with all the new, strange things that have come into her life since moving to Spores Ferry. Rimi, the strange being she found in the first book, has become a part of her that Maya can't imagine being without. The Janus House next door has begun to weave her into it's strange family of magicians and gatekeepers, but Maya isn't sure that she's fitting. Her own family is tugging at her as her sibli...more
I remember being disappointed at the previous book, but I liked this one better. The voice in it is definitely Hoffman. Her characters are all very open to magic and think it's cool, like whoa. Maya is adjusting to her bond to her magic friend (rather like Gold in Red Heart of Memories (and now I'm wondering how similar Maya's depression in the first book is to Spirits that Walk in Shadow)) and things happen but without enough resolution to have an overriding plot. She learns things and tries to...more
Sep 13, 2011 Margaret rated it 3 of 5 stars
I reread Thresholds first and liked it better this time knowing it was the first of a series and having Meeting to read immediately afterward. As middle-grade fantasy goes, I think these are quite good (and will probably lend them to Liam in a couple of years). As my personal tastes go, though, I would prefer to have more adult or YA from Hoffman, where she can explore her themes and worldbuilding more deeply. That's totally personal preference, though, and I would readily recommend these to the...more
Aug 20, 2011 Mitchell rated it 3 of 5 stars
I like Nina Kiriki Hoffman. Her books are typically vaguely urban fantasy with some sort of psychic powers and this book fits that. Normally her books are edgier and more surprising. This series is pitched young and unfortunately is written young as well. The language and writing of either this the second book or the first has the feel of intentional dumbing down. I give this 3.5 of 5 and did enjoy it but it is far from one of her better books.
I'm enjoying this imaginative series. Only trouble is, so far both books have been "setting up" the scenario and the characters...I'll have to wait for book 3, 4, 5, etc. for the plot to develop. It doesn't feel like either book stands on it's own. Nonetheless, I will be waiting for those sequels.
Just as delightful as the first book in the series (and it really feels like another chapter, not another book.) I forgot to mention in my review of the first book how well the author deals with families --- that's another point that makes her books unique.
This may be the slowest paced children's series I've ever read, yet there is something so charming about it that I don't grow frustrated. The slow introduction of additional characters, new knowledge, more world-building makes it a fast read, even if at the end of each short volume not much has happened. I'm really curious where Hoffman's taking it.
Nina Kiriki Hoffman’s first solo novel, The Thread That Binds the Bones (1993), won the Bram Stoker Award for first novel; her second novel, The Silent Strength of Stones (1995) was a finalist for the Nebula and World Fantasy Awards. A Red Heart of Memories (1999, part of her “Matt Black” series), nominated for a World Fantasy Award, was followed by sequel Past the Size of Dreaming in 2001. Much o...moreMore about Nina Kiriki Hoffman...