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The Mourning Emporium (The Undrowned Child #2)

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  186 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
Venice is in peril. Bajamonte Tiepolo is back, and his baddened magic has spread across the globe, from the island of Hooroo in the South Pacific, all the way to London, where Queen Victoria lies dying.

Now two cities need saving by Teo, the Undrowned Child, and Renzo, the Studious Son of a Venetian prophecy. Time is running out as they try to unravel the mysteries threaten
Paperback, 448 pages
Published August 6th 2013 by Yearling (first published 2010)
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Rhiannon Ryder
Oct 28, 2010 Rhiannon Ryder rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Back in June, you may remember, I read and reviewed the first book in Michelle Lovric's whimsical and wholly engrossing series, The Undrowned Child. Well I'm sure you can imagine my absolute delight when part two, The Mourning Emporium was sent to me last Wednesday by the wonderful Ms Douglas at Orion books.

Just as pretty as the first book, with stunning cover art, gorgeous end pages, and beautiful scrolled headings at the start of each chapter, The Mourning Emporium and the The Undrowned Child
Kim McGee
Apr 29, 2012 Kim McGee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Mourning Emporium will draw you into the world of Queen Victoria's London just as The Undrowned Child introduced us to Venice
The Mourning Emporium is the second installment of the Undrowned Child series by Michelle Lovic. Teo and Renzo also known in Venice as the Undrowned Child and the Studious Son are once again running from the monster Bajamonte Tiepolo as he tries to do in London what he successfully did in Venice. Renzo's parents have perished in Venice and Teo's parents have disappeare
Samantha-Ellen Bound

This is the sequel to one of my favs – if not favourite – children’s books last year. These books have all the makings of classics – they are so imaginative and intelligent and immersive, and at their hearts is such a celebration of story-telling. They are certainly literary. I do not think they are easy books to read, but advanced readers will be rewarded. That said, The Mourning Emporium did not quite reach the dizzying heights of The Undrowned Child. I think maybe the formula was a bit off. A
seanat (elka)
Nov 22, 2011 seanat (elka) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-teen, 2011, kindle
Wonderful! Enter a magical realm of pure fantasy that transports you from a devastated Venice to a London reeling from the death of Queen Victoria.
A sequel to The Undrowned Child and aimed at the teen market. It is best read in order I think as this book does refer back a few times to the previous events. Once again Teodora (the undrowned child) and Renzo (the studious boy) are in a desperate battle to save Venice from their arch nemesis Bajamonte Tiepolo and those that will follow him. Who can
Jul 07, 2012 Charlie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites, series
I loved this book! Not as good as the first one, but still excellent. I love the mermaids more than ever! now that you've read the word mermaid you're probably going to think that this is a really fairy tale-esque type book but it really isn't. It's a great adventure/mystery book which is definetly worth a read!
Sep 27, 2010 Daisy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got this book on the 28th or the 29th of October.
It was a excellent book, every bit as good as the first, but in a different way.
I really liked the descriptions and the new settings.
Mar 14, 2012 Rose rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this. I think it was a bit better than the first book and I liked that one very much too. A very magical children's book that reminded me why I wanted to be a mermaid when I was little.
May 26, 2013 Connie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book, probably even more than the first one!
1) I adored the bulldog. I recently had to have my bulldog put down, and seeing/reading about one in all of it's glory really cheered me up because it reminded me so much of Bella.
2) I had stronger feelings for the side characters. In the first book, I only really liked Teo, Renzo and the mermaids, where as in this sequel there were more characters introduced and they were a lot more likeable than the few side characters in The Un
This book opens not long after the first book in the series, The Undrowned Child, leaves off. Which works very well to keep the momentum from the first book going. Without the fast pace of action, this story would be very slow. Still, I forced my way through and found that in the end I was pleased.

While I liked The Undrowned Child, I just couldn't get into this sequel. The action moves along at the same movie-action-scene way that it did in the first book, which pulled me through the chapters at
I love how Michelle Lovric goes to the end of the world and back to gather research about what she wants to put in her book. It gives some very good ironic parts and she hasn't failed to entertain me with those in The Mourning Emporium, the toy teddy bear for example.
However, I have got to say, I didn't enjoy this as much as The Undrowned Child, but I guess that's the usual response to a sequel or a series. The first book is usually, in my opinion, the best. I feel like although a lot was packed
As with The Undrowned Child, this sequel is elegantly written. Great historic thread, new setting and new characters. I found the first half of the book quite despairing in tone, with all that befell our lead heroes but with new baddie, the cruel and callous Miss Uish moved from center stage, a more uplifting tone was the result. As with the first book I enjoyed the shortened chapters, the art at chapter headings and the great relationship between Teo & Lorenzo. My rating of three reflects m ...more
Michelle Lovric writes a jolly good yarn and sweeps you along. She's not squeamish about making 'the worst' happen on occasion. Nobody is safe. She might have tidied up the end a bit to swiftly and simply for me this time, but nevertheless, a good story. Book One may have been a little better.

I am very fond of Venice too, so the author's fondness for the city strikes a chord with me and any history and detail is interesting for me. I liked the end section again where she explains what is true a
The Mourning Emporium terrible compared to the first book! I liked the first book for its history on Venice, well-rounded charecters, and a dabble of magic. This book put Teo in a new light; one (in my opinion) that was 20 times worse than the first one, especially when Teo quickly forgives the boys on the Scilla though they mistreat her so badly after they find out she's a girl.

I'm not going to read Tatiana in the Tower after all.

I loved this one. I found it stronger and more entertaining than The Undrowned Child, but readers should definitely read the books in order or they may be quite lost. It is a great story for strong independent readers or for sharing with a child.
Denise H
Aug 11, 2013 Denise H rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think it's a teenage-Harry Potter style book but I really enjoyed reading it even I was 34 then. It was a very special present from a very special person. It felt more realistic while reading it on a cruise, I would recommend everyone to read it on a cruise or a ferry :)
Sep 05, 2012 Lucy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jazzys-books
Not as flowing as the undrowned child, and I disliked the swiftness of the disposal of the baddie! Every time I read the supposed cockney kids, I kept getting "Cor blimey guvner" dick van dyke in my head. However still a great little story, just needed to be thought out more.
I think because I have NOT read the first book in the series I am finding the book to be VERY confusing!
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Michelle Lovric is a novelist, writer and anthologist.

Her third novel, The Remedy, was long-listed for the 2005 Orange Prize for Fiction. The Remedy is a literary murder-mystery set against the background of the quack medicine industry in the eighteenth century.

Her first novel, Carnevale, is the story of the painter Cecilia Cornaro, described by The Times as the possessor of ‘the most covetable l
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