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Unearthly Asylum (Joy of Spooking #2)

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Joy Wells is fascinated by the strange noises coming from the old Spooking Asylum. She knows all about the famous legends that surround the place, and is certain that she is hearing the guns of long-dead soldiers. But what if something more contemporary—and truly ghastly—is going on?

When Joy’s pet frog, Fizz, gets away, Joy travels through the town’s old sewers looking for
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published August 10th 2010 by Margaret K. McElderry Books (first published July 26th 2010)
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Kat Heckenbach
Sep 02, 2014 Kat Heckenbach rated it it was amazing
I have fallen completely in love with this series. Joy Wells is exactly the kind of main character I adore. Quirky, smart, dark and brooding, but not angsty for no reason. She loves her little brother, her whole family, her house in the tiny, misunderstood town of Spooking.

Each book has some mystery, adventure, humor, and a bit of gruesome. The characters are unique and original. The pacing is just right, with great writing (although, in this book the author did overuse a particular sentence st
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Jill Murray
Feb 15, 2010 Jill Murray rated it it was amazing
Joy 2: funnier, scarier, and harder to put down!

Reading Unearthly Asylum, the second book in Bracegirdle's Joy of Spooking trilogy is a bit like watching The Return of the Jedi, in terms of that surprising jolt you get of "wait, is this actually *cooler* than the first one?" Characters have grown, conflicts are mounting, the central Asylum is a mix of mysterious and terrifying, and good and evil aren't as clear cut as they were the first time around. Oh, and it's funny, too.

Bethany Ainsworth
This is the sequel that felt like a chore to get through. It's not the book, it's me. I'm not the type to read kid-lit.

The book felt a little bit slow paced and took maybe the last sixty pages to finally get to the climax. I get that you need to build up to it.

Maybe it's me and I shouldn't be reading kid-lit.

I can't tell if I like the book or not. After I finished reading it, I just felt 'eh' no 'that was awesome' thoughts. No rushing to read the last and finale book.

I blame Zac Efron for singin
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Sherrie
Dec 01, 2014 Sherrie rated it really liked it
Unearthly Asylum, the second book in the Joy of Spooking series, is even better than the first volume. In this latest paranormal adventure, Joy's beloved pet bullfrog, Fizz, has become trapped in Spooking's mental asylum and must be saved from impending doom. This book had twice the humor and scares of the previous title and left me anxious to read the next book on the series. I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy paranormal fiction with a dash of humor.
Deniz
Oct 04, 2011 Deniz rated it really liked it
None of the descriptions quite convey the essence of these stories, which is sinister, mysterious and fun all at once. They're probably marketed as Middle Grade, but they're just the sort of books I loved back in my MG days and *still* love - where the author doesn't talk down to the young reader, and doesn't sugar coat mystery or history.
Rose
Feb 12, 2014 Rose rated it really liked it
A fantastic fun spooky read. I cannot wait to read the rest of the series.
Erin
Oct 20, 2010 Erin rated it really liked it
Shelves: series, childrens, 2011
I just found out that there are only 3 books in this series, that makes me sad. I wish it would go on forever, I love these books
Alexandra Lawrence
Aug 26, 2010 Alexandra Lawrence rated it really liked it
A charming, spooky series. Joy and Byron Wells are my favorite siblings in children's literature since The Baudelaires.
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May 06, 2015 James rated it really liked it
loved it like the first one!! just great storytelling for any age...
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I completely enjoyed the author's language. It was not really spooky, but fun to read.
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Born in Montreal, P. J. Bracegirdle has done everything from keeping the stage door of a haunted old Scottish theater to pushing laundry carts along dark tunnels under an insane asylum. His last job involved pretending to write thick manuals nobody really read for products few people ever used.

"Becoming an author was my life's work," says PJB, "if, that is, a life's work can consist of staring off
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