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Battle of the Beasts (House of Secrets #2)

4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  418 ratings  ·  59 reviews
The sequel to the New York Times bestselling House of Secrets—hailed by J. K. Rowling as "a breakneck, jam-packed roller coaster of an adventure"—this second installment by Hollywood director Chris Columbus (of Harry Potter fame) and bestselling author Ned Vizzini (It's Kind of a Funny Story) is full of even more explosive twists and turns.

Since the siblings' last adventur
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Hardcover, 465 pages
Published March 25th 2014 by Balzer & Bray/Harperteen (first published January 1st 2014)
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Jay
I loved the book. So much emotion and thrilling adventure. Some books aren't as good without some loss but it is fabulous.
Rob Slaven
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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Mary Grace Nakao
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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
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!!!!!!!!
Kari
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 {Don't think~Just write~Tell a story} Card
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
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
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
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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Chloe K.
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
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
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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Clare
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
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
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
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... )
Pontiki
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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Gray .K
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
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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Rebecca
This is the second book in the House of Secrets series. There is plenty of action, adventure, suspense, and the authors are very careful about reaching a mixed gender audience. I thought this one was a tad more gruesome and graphic in its imagery than the first- rat infestations, gladiator battles, etc. I liked it for that, but it could be a little off-putting for readers on the lower end of the middle grade age range.
 wade
Most definitely part of a kids series - as the Walker family children have adventures taken from the pages of the books of a man named Denver Kristoff's library. How else could an entire house time travel and land in the Roman coliseum only to find themselves by Nazis from yet another book. A fun adventure for kids who are able to suspend all logic and just take things as they come.
Anya
I really liked the first book of the series so I decided to read the second one. It was as if the book was by a different person; still well-written, but it took a turn for the worse in my opinion. I hope his next book is better.
Janae Smith
I gave the first book in the series a two, while the second book is still getting two star rating it was at least a tiny bit better then its predecessor. The pacing was better, but I still have issues with character development.
Katie
Enjoyable tale following the Walker kids as they grow up. Amazing twists of tales combining ancient Rome, Nazis and Tibetan monks into one coherent story line. I will miss Will Draper and Felix, but the ending is wide open for book #3.
Mauise Ricard III
Amazing

Amazing

this book rocks I ended up feeling bad for the wind witch she isn't that bad
she only wanted to have some kind of fAmily near her
Rick Mcarthur
Did get awfully graphic in it's cruelty descriptions sometimes so quite harrowing for younger readers I reckon, and what with Chris' writing partner in this new franchise already pushing up daisies what now, is that it?
Bea Echiverri
I was in a great adventure! So sad Will Draper and Felix didn't go with the Walkers but oh well I can smell a third installment. :-)
Anne
Great fun! The Walker kids have another incredible adventure. Roman, Nazis, and Mountain Beasts all play a part of this fun sequel.
Lila Webb
I personally found myself enjoying the first book more, but it was great nonetheless!!!
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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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