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The Monster (Troubletwisters #2)

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  505 Ratings  ·  48 Reviews
The spectacular new middle-grade fantasy series from bestselling authors Garth Nix and Sean Williams.

Are you a troubletwister?

Jaide and Jack Shield have a secret. When they're unexpectedly sent to live with their mysterious Grandma X, they're thrust into a world where cats talk and strange weather comes out of nowhere. There they learn that they're troubletwisters, with po

Hardcover, 304 pages
Published June 1st 2012 by Scholastic Press (first published May 2011)
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There are only two reasons I read this after the first book being so bad:

1. Its partially by Garth Nix, and I have read so many amazing books by him in the past.

2. Troubletwisters was just suspenseful enough to make me wonder what would happen in the next book.

After reading The Monster and being let down again, I have no intention of reading The Mystery (the third book.) The Monster had all the same faults as Troubletwisters. It was cliched, predictable, and boring. The Evil is a very uninteres
May 16, 2012 Shannon rated it liked it
As I said in my review for Troubletwisters, the potential is definitely there for something great and I felt that this did deliver a bit more than the last. The cover was amazing - who can resist devil cats with glowing eyes on the front and a saber tooth tiger on the back - WHAT CHILD CAN RESIST? There was a lot higher ratio of action to morally-questioning-yourself-and-all-things-evil (which anyone will admit got boring very quickly in #1), Tara was fab and Garth and Sean successfully led me ...more
Sep 02, 2012 Llana rated it liked it
For a children's book it was good, and the lack of teenage angst was very appreciated.Names could be a lot more creative because really The Evil doesn't inspire fear.More like hysterical laughter.Some nice character developement and the supportive characters were starting to be fleshed out.The powers continued to be nice and original .

The main issue I had with it was the fact most of the book was spent withJack and Jaide going"we saw the Evil and it ran us over ,yablahblah we can be trusted...Aw
Apr 28, 2014 Robin rated it really liked it
The second book in the Troubletwisters series finds the small seaside town of Portland threatened by a fragment of The Evil that menaced it in Book 1. At least, so the Shield twins suspect. Jack and Jaide are still a bit jumpy after their narrow victory in their first adventure. The wards are all intact, protecting Portland, and the world, from the all-consuming hunger that lurks outside our universe. But Jack can never forget how it felt to have The Evil invading his mind, tempting him to join ...more
I think this series is improving: the action is better in this instalment, and the story flows more smoothly. The main premise behind The Monster is intriguing, and it's definitely executed better thanTroubletwisters, but I would have liked to see a discussion of the nature of The Evil and why the Wardens need to exist.I think the authors are still underestimating their audience, because the book is filled with simple dialogue and endless repetition of the simplest of concepts (although it could ...more
Feb 18, 2013 Emily rated it it was ok
Shelves: nix
The protagonists, especially Jaide were kinda annoying in that they came off as rather stupid to me. I've been told before about other people who have annoyed me that "they're just kids" as if that's an excuse. I still find it annoying.

Anyway, the most annoying part of the book was how full of confirmation bias it was. Jaide basically develops a theory pretty early on, and then just REFUSES to give up on it despite evidence to the contrary. She doesn't even really ~try~ to come up with other pos
Lynette ~ Escaping Reality – One Book at a Time ~
I really liked this book. I wasn't sure how it would go, seeing as it had been April when I read the first book, but Garth and Sean explained just enough to bring back the rest of the book, without people who had just read the first book to get bored.

At the beginning, it was sort of reminiscent of the hundreds of other books I've read in this genre, however, that delusion didn't last long.
Every time you thought you had it all figured out, something else came along and *bam* you were back to sq
Matt Randall
Feb 27, 2013 Matt Randall rated it liked it
Writing younger young adult novels can be difficult. Some authors have a tendency to completely underestimate their audience and talk down to them. I don't think that's what Nix and Williams are doing, exactly, but it is clear that they tend to make their writing a little more simplistic in the Troubletwisters series.

This book, the second in the series, follows Jaide and Jack as they continue to learn about their Gifts. This book (and maybe the series overall) seems to be playing up the "we're k
Apr 26, 2013 Kathryn rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Monster. In this one, we find Jack and Jaide learning more about their gifts and trying desperately to find out more about a monster that is haunting Portland, much to the chagrin of their kind but stern Grandma X. The twins also must attend school, where they are soon befriended by a lonely girl called Tara. The next twist? Tara's dad may just be working for the Evil ...

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this one, particularly as the final showdown incorporated two of
Jun 21, 2014 Veronica rated it it was ok
I have to say this book was promising. I haven't read the 1st book and I don't plan to. This book is not something you remember.
The writing is so preachy. I don't think it's intentional. Jaide and Jack are annoying. They always seem to think they have the right choices, never occurring to them their grandmother might actually be right. They have no main flaws and aren't memorable.
And, seriously, don't throw the excuse "they're just kids" at me. Trust me, kids are pretty smart.
I've got experienc
Jul 30, 2014 Lily rated it it was amazing
I'm glad that I decided to continue this series! I actually enjoyed The Monster more than I did the first book. It was easier to understand what was going on this time, and I LOVED the new mystery surrounding the town and the characters, even if it took awhile to unfold! :)

I'm so happy the cats Cleo and Ari contribute to the plot again too, as they are my favorite characters.~ My favorite scene was probably with the train at the end. Pretty scary stuff.

Troubletwisters is a great middle grade ser
Yvonne Boag
Sep 23, 2012 Yvonne Boag rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
Jaide and Jack are trouble twisters, wardens in training who are too young to control their powers. In the last book they defeated The Evil but they are no longer sure they did so, there are signs it is back. Trying to get their grandmother, a warden, to believe them in another matter. And something is happening with the cats in the area. Jaide and Jack have to figure out what is happening and looks like there is going to be more then one fight on their hands.

I had some big issues with this book
St Stephen's C C
After The Evil's assault on Portland, everything returns to relative normality - for the moment. The twins continue to work hard to control their Gifts, and at school they make a new friend, Tara. But then the instruments in Grandma X's antique store begin registering Evil activity, and Tara's dad turns out to be the suspicious big-city property developer working on the house next door. Matters turn from bad to worse when the twins discover that Grandma's cats are fighting an important battle of ...more
Jun 29, 2014 R rated it liked it
Another Warden adventure around Portland. The Shield twins bumble around the town, usually making things worse and yet manage to save the day, which might not have needed to be saved if they had left well enough alone. Throughout the whole story, I was bothered by the twins' refusal to show the least bit of sense, and their caretaker's failure to provide explanations just exacerbated the problem.

Nonetheless, it was a mostly enjoyable book, and I shall read the third in the hopes that everyone wi
Sep 28, 2012 Dana rated it really liked it
This is the second book in the Troubletwisters series. Twins Jack and Jaide who are troubletwisters - twins who will become wardens - supposedly - have now been in Portland for a week. After saving the East Ward, there is again trouble from The Evil. They suspect the father of the new girl Tara of being a possible agent of The Evil. Their grandmother won't tell them the whole story of what is going on because they have not yet gained control of their gifts. Despite all the trouble, they once ...more
Eleni Konstantine
Enjoyed the second installment of The Trouble Twisters a little more than the first - probably because we are a little more settled in this world. The characters are tweens and continually ask questions (having a tween in my life this is believable) but do not get replies to their satisfaction or get none at all. The adults try to keep them safe as their Gifts are unpredictable at this age. The kids just want to heard and involved in the fight against The Evil and so will continue investigating ...more
Aug 05, 2012 aaron rated it liked it
this book was pretty close to turning me off to the series for good and then the last 75ish pages hit. really it is a 2 star book until the last 75 pages when it becomes a 4 star book...thus the average as a 3 star book. i haven't loved this series but i'm still going to give it a chance because they proved to me that they can write a decent story about these warden children. if you're interested go for it...but if you haven't started i could give you tons of other series that are much better!
Aug 17, 2013 Angie rated it liked it
Shelves: juvenile-fic, fantasy
Gotta be honest ... it was a stretch giving this one three stars.
I don't understand how Garth Nix could have been involved in this series. His other books are so good! And original!

I kep going hoping it would get better. The seeds of a good story are here. A monster lots of people have claimed to see but no real proof. An excision of an evil left behind after what the heroes think is a battle won. But WHY dies Grandma refuse to tell them anything?
Julie Czerneda
Nov 19, 2012 Julie Czerneda rated it it was amazing
Oh my, #2 is even better!!! The cats! The CATS!!!! Garth Nix and Sean Williams have created a captivating, clever, and warm new fantasy world to explore. With lovely icky bits sure to charm even a reluctant reader. As for me, I'm officially a Troubletwister fan and will be preordering #3. Enjoy. But read #1 first. You don't have to -- they do a great job of bringing everything up to speed -- but you won't want to miss it.
Sylvia McIvers
Twins make good magical protagonists. Adults who train kids in their magic are great - but sometimes they get hurt. Now what?

And why are all Troubletwisters twins? a bit more info on that important theme. BAD THINGS CAN HAPPEN WHEN THERE ARE TWINS AROUND. I'm getting worried.

This book is a bit too scary to be a popcorn-book. Nice.
Katharine (Ventureadlaxre)
Katharine is a judge for the Sara Douglass 'Book Series' Award. This entry is the personal opinion of Katharine herself, and does not necessarily reflect the opinion of any judging panel, the judging coordinator or the Aurealis Awards management team.

I won't be recording my thoughts (if I choose to) here until after the AA are over.
Nov 08, 2015 Saki3 rated it it was amazing
who is that monster next door? or is it the Evil in mr.mcandrew ??? will the troubletwisters save their secret from their new friend??? is the mishape with the cats connected???
find out in THE MONSTER.
Nov 16, 2012 Ronmorris2 rated it really liked it
Maybe not the most challenging reading for a 75 year old but -- Very enjoyable reading for anyone. They know how to write. Read it through twice. Looking forward to the next book. Sent it on to my grandson :-) .
Melissa Moore
Still wish the authors had a better name for the evil forces in this series than The Evil, but that said, this is stronger than the first in the series, more complex, with some inner searching going on between the twin siblings and a delightful new character, Tara.
Jul 05, 2012 Srosch rated it really liked it
This book was good, but it seemed extremely similar to the first with few new plot details to unravel the mystery of the twisters. Or did I miss them? I'll never know I guess grandma x mind wiped me.
Dec 09, 2014 Karen rated it it was ok
Maybe the problem is that the authors have to very different writing styles? I don't know, but I do know that the story, while moderately interesting, is not worth slogging through the uninspired and often clunky writing.

Sep 06, 2015 Gemma rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Nix can do better.

Vague plot, protagonists weak and inconsistent as characters. An okay book for Tweens, but Nix can do better. The adults are basically morons in this series.
Chris Brooking
Aug 08, 2015 Chris Brooking rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
it's a children's book (the description says "young adult") but a very good and exciting light read. This is the second in the troubletwisters series.
Nov 04, 2013 Emily rated it really liked it
Good middle school age straight up fantasy adventure. A nice change from overdone teen angst. I should have read book one first.
K.M. Carroll
Sep 13, 2013 K.M. Carroll rated it really liked it
Eh, it was okay. Once you've read the first book, you've pretty much read the second one, too. The ending had a nice twist, though.
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Garth Nix was born in 1963 in Melbourne, Australia, to the sound of the Salvation Army band outside playing 'Hail the Conquering Hero Comes' or possibly 'Roll Out the Barrel'. Garth left Melbourne at an early age for Canberra (the federal capital) and stayed there till he was nineteen, when he left to drive around the UK in a beat-up Austin with a boot full of books and a Silver-Reed typewriter.

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