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Battle of the Beasts (House of Secrets #2)

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Since the siblings' last adventure, life in the Walker household is much improved—the family is rich and the Wind Witch is banished. But no Walker will be safe until she is found, and summoning her to San Francisco brings all the danger that comes with her and puts the Walkers in the crosshairs of a mysterious journey through Denver Kristoff's books. As the Walkers travel ...more
Hardcover, 465 pages
Published March 25th 2014 by Balzer & Bray/Harperteen (first published January 1st 2014)
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Mohammed Arabey
Jan 27, 2015 Mohammed Arabey rated it really liked it
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كم مرة شعرت أن الهروب لمغامرة بداخل رواية أمرا أجمل من واقعنا الرتيب؟
لكن بالنسبة للثلاث أشقاء ووكر هذا يعتبر لعنة ,يحبسون في عالم خيالي مزيج من 3 روايات رهيبة ,ولكن هل هذا فعلا أسوأ من الواقع؟ألم يصير الجميع هاربا بالفعل؟
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بسبب ذلك الحديث الساخر عن كل تلك العيوب التي بمجتمعنا, الوحدة الرهيبة التي يسعي لها البعض ويخفيها بأسم "تواصل أجتماعي" كان ذلك واضحا في الحوار التالي
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"ما الذي تتحدث عنه؟"
قالتها كورديلا التي شعرت فجأه أنها تدا
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Clara
Feb 19, 2014 Clara rated it it was amazing
I loved the book. So much emotion and thrilling adventure. Some books aren't as good without some loss but it is fabulous.
Kayla Eklund
If you've been following my reviews for a few years, you know that I absolutely hated the first House of Secrets book. There were very few redeeming qualities in it. At first, I was very iffy about whether I wanted to continue the series or not. When I got a chance to read the second book on Edelweiss, I figured that I didn't have much else to read, so I would give it a try. I'm so glad I did.

Battle of the Beasts was a welcome change from the first House of Secrets book. The character's seemed
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Rob Slaven
Mar 13, 2014 Rob Slaven rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
Firstly and as usual I received this book for free in exchange for a review. Despite that kind consideration I give my scrupulously honest opinions below.

To begin, this is a children's book so I judge by different criteria than I would an adult novel. The first point of judgment, and one that has been known to blow a book out of the water by itself, is the presence of inappropriate content for children. I have absolutely no tolerance for sex, drugs and other such topics in kid's books. This book
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Jake Hartnett
Apr 03, 2015 Jake Hartnett rated it it was amazing
*in voice of Noah and the Whale*

"It was fun, fun, fun...when we were reading, it was fun, fun, fun..."

Did I mention that this book was fun?

I'm so glad The House of Secrets is back, and am equally delighted that there's going to be a third book in the series—the grand finale, I am told.

Though not as good as the first book in my opinion, this was still a joy to read. It may not be the best book ever written, nor will it ever go down in history as a children's classic—like Harry Potter. But it was
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Mary Grace Nakao
Jun 12, 2014 Mary Grace Nakao rated it liked it
For the complete review, please visit this site: Three Blank Pages


You could tell by how long I finished this book that I wasn't entirely caught up with it. Basically, if I like a book a lot or love it, I could finish it in a day and review it the next after containing all my feelings for the book. With this one however, it took me 10 days to complete it and another 3 days for me to make the review. And I couldn't even say Im busy! Teehee

I am going to split my review into 2: the good and the b
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Lara
Jun 08, 2014 Lara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is yet again another brilliant sequel, I loved this book it is even btter then the first one almost certainly, there is so much more to it then you realise. I would really reccomend this to anyone!!!!!!!!
Truly
Jul 19, 2015 Truly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sebuah rak penuh buku berada di bawah air tanpa merusak buku! OK saya mau pesan satu zat atau mantera apalah yang bisa membuat koleksi saya menjadi seperti itu. Lumayan, menghemat tempat penyimpanan.
Kari
Oct 08, 2014 Kari rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2014
I didn't read book one, so I was a little lost at times, but not so much as to distract from the story line. The a Walker children are running from the Wind Witch and find themselves transported to another of Denver Kristoff's books, landing in the middle of the roman Collesium. After defeating the lions by magic, the Emperor thinks Bren is the highest warrior.
Adventures also include a trip to a cold mountain top where the kids battle the frost beasts.
The adventures divide them, but in the end
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Tabi Card
Aug 05, 2015 Tabi Card rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, wishlist
This sequel follows the crazy, fast-paced, twist-filled plot of the first book...only a little more. The Walker siblings survived being stuck in Denver Kristoff's novels once, but now they're going to have to do it again. And this time, there's more at stake then just getting home - they're going to have to try and stick together as well, which is harder than it seems.

I loved this book just as much as I loved the first. Again, it is written in an omnipotent voice that bounces between characters
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Dayla
Mar 25, 2014 Dayla rated it really liked it
Review first appeared on my blog: Book Addict 24-7

I received a copy via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

Battle of the Beasts is the sequel to the middle grade novel, House of Secrets, written by Chris Columbus and the late Ned Vizzini. Though I entered this book with a few doubts, I ended up liking it a lot more than its predecessor. The action was more fluid and the characters were more realistic (with a few exceptions). I also felt like the pacing was a lot better, making it a much f
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Nicole
Apr 04, 2014 Nicole rated it really liked it
This one was less engaging then the other one but still had that fun, light, doesn't make sense but let your imagination run wild kind of vibe. I can see it's set up for another sequel but this one ended on a more "finished" note and seems to remain less dark of a cliffhanger. It'll be interesting to see what other books are brought over, though I'm not sure I'd want another sequel with the kids stuff in three books, having characters like Queen Daphne cross over and try and conquer San Francisc ...more
Sarah
Apr 06, 2014 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
Disclaimer - I won this book before it was published!

This book was better than the first! The adventures in this book were more adventurous and seemed to mesh very well together. I'm glad at the outcome but I'm curious to see how Fat Jagger gets out of this new sticky situation he has gotten himself in - can the Walkers save him? Also I wonder if Felix and Will, will return in the 3rd book because I think Will plays a major role in the Walker life but I'm not sure if Felix should return but I'm
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Barack Osama
Jan 16, 2015 Barack Osama rated it really liked it

House of Secrets: Battle of Beasts
Ned Vizzini & Chris Columbus


In this book Ned and Chris attempt to take you on an adventure with Brendan, Eleanor, and Cordelia as they travel into yet another world to battle the Wind Witch. This is a great book that truly shows you the power of family.

Cordelia, Eleanor, and Brendan are three siblings that are transported into different books due to an evil criminal known as the Wind Witch. She wants them dead so that she may acquire The Book of Doom, the m
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Alia
Jul 24, 2015 Alia rated it it was amazing
(( 4.5 stars ))

So there is it.
I'm done with the sequel! WOHOOO!

After waiting a few months finally i got the second book of House of Secret series! I can't believe it because usually the sequel of a book in translation edition will be release at least 6-12 months after the first book released. But Oh-My-Gosh, when I seeking for new book informations from Publisher/ Bookstore website, I found this book was released! I FOUND IT!

Back to the review.

I enjoyed this book. I always wonder what's gonna ha
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Chloe K.
Jul 06, 2014 Chloe K. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a great adventure for me, and I got very attached to all the characters-mainly Cordelia.
I think Brendan joining the Occipus was quite interesting, and helped build the story and teach a lesson, but the 'training' was a little inappropriate.
I liked the parts where Eleanor was the only one to know something, and that she'd have a hard time getting her siblings to believe her. It made the story more tense.
Another thing I liked was at the end, how the Wind Witch told them about her b
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Amy
Jun 25, 2014 Amy rated it liked it
In their 2nd adventure, the Walker family has returned as wealthy owners of the magical Kristoff House. Money has not solved all their problems however, and as Brendan, Eleanor and Cordelia struggle at their new school they are quickly sucked into another dangerous magical adventure through the books of Denver Kristoff. The siblings must battle: a crazy emperor in a Roman Coliseum, cyborg Nazis, and frost beasts in the mountains while trying to find a way back home and defeat the evil Wind Witch ...more
Stacie
Feb 20, 2014 Stacie rated it did not like it
Shelves: reviewed
Im afraid all you have to do is read my rather dismal review of Book I in this series to know what I think of this book- frankly, I couldn't finish it , which is rare for me.
After Id read the book and written my review I looked for others and found many many insightful comments - it seems a shame the writers didn't do the same. It occurs to me that if perhaps providing ARCs wasn't viewed as solely a marketing tool and writers and editors actually read them and applied some of the constructive c
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Dane Cobain
Apr 11, 2015 Dane Cobain rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: While I aim to be unbiased, I received a copy of this for free to review.

When I’m reading a book, I quite often start to formulate a rough idea of what a book’s rating is going to be when I’m only part of the way into it. The ratings quite often change, but it’s rare for them to change as much as this one did!

See, I didn’t think much of it to start with – sure, there was nothing wrong with the writing, but something just didn’t feel right. And I was worried that it was heading toward
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Clare
May 23, 2014 Clare rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You know I am surprised that I am the only one who has made a review because this book was freaking awesome!
In the first one it is about the walker kids having to go on an adventure to save themselves. In this book they were just sick of adventures and did everything possible to get home.
Well, I thought that Ned Vizzini is a great author, but he died (at only 32!) chris needed a but of help with this one because it is the middle of the trilogy and it needs to be a book that you can't put down, y
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Ms. Yingling
Feb 01, 2014 Ms. Yingling rated it liked it
The Walker children are back in the Kristoff house after their adventure in House of Secrets, but all is not well. Their father is gambling away the money Eleanor wished for, school is difficult for Brendan, and Cordelia is cold all of the time and her teeth are falling out. Before you know it, they are whisked off (along with Will, who has sent some time in jail) to another adventure. It turns out that the Wind Witch was living inside Cordelia, and in trying to escape, the children end up in an ...more
Beth
Mar 29, 2014 Beth rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young_adult
After the first set of adventures, things might seem as if they are perfect for the Walker family with their vast million dollars of fortune and fancy new school enrollment. This is far from happiness and once again The Wind Witch has caused a dangerous adventure to ensue taking them to the Coliseum of Rome in the gladiator days, struggling against Nazi cyborgs, and battling with the frost beasts. Will they be able to find a way back to their parents or will the Wind Witch be successful with her ...more
Cece
May 25, 2014 Cece rated it it was amazing
Awesome!!
Hobby
The second instalment from House of Secrets, although I still like the first book better, still something 'adventures' makes me read it allnight 'till done. And it ended with quite surprising scene ... just added my another 'curiosities' to know about the sequels (but then, is gonna be as good as the two book previously, after Ned Vizzini gone ? )

more about this book, just check my review at here :
( http://my-fantasy-readings.blogspot.c... )
Isabella
Mar 27, 2016 Isabella rated it really liked it
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Pontiki
May 18, 2014 Pontiki rated it really liked it
This book was a fun adventure, with some key characters from the first book, and some interesting new ones. One of my favourite parts was Wangchuck and his monks meditating with the children.
The frost beasts weren't as exciting for me as the nazis and Rome, and I really like how Brendan comes to realize he should be with his sisters. The plot twist from the diary of the Wind Witch's mom wasn't necessary, in my view, because there's enough drama between the Walkers and Witch already. Still, it m
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Caitlin Persin
Jan 26, 2015 Caitlin Persin rated it liked it
While I enjoy the characters in this series I was a tad disappointed with this novel. This story felt more like a stepping stone to a third book instead of a well thought out sequel. The pacing of this book felt a bit rushed in the last half and a tad monotonous toward the middle. I will probably read the third book when it comes out, but so far I was a tad disappointed in this sequel. Hopefully it at least fits into the overall narrative well.
Gray .K
Sep 25, 2014 Gray .K rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was great and had many cliff hanger. You were always on your toes. Brendan, Cordelia, and Eleanor dad bets to much money and makes the family go on a amazing adventure together into three books that the wind witch (A bad guy) put them into. Together they try to find there way home. Throughout the book everyone makes horrible mistakes on there way. One of the worst mistakes that was made in the book was when Brendan decide to stay in Rome instead of following the Cordelia, Bre ...more
Samantha
May 17, 2014 Samantha rated it did not like it
While I enjoyed the first book in this series, I was sorely disappointed by this sequel. The high action will appeal to middle grade fantasy fiends, but I found the references to be over kids' heads (i.e. I challenge any 10 year old to sing me the chorus to Springsteen's Glory Days; it's not gonna happen) and the story reads very much like a movie script.

The other issue I had with this book were some of the cliché plotlines. Cordelia finds herself in an arranged marriage situation? That story ha
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Chris Joseph Columbus is an American film director, producer and screenwriter. Columbus is known for such movies as Gremlins, The Goonies, Mrs. Doubtfire, and Home Alone, the last receiving a British Comedy Award for Best Comedy Film.
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