Wow, this was a strange one. Very dark, creepy, spooky, etc. I'm not sure how much I could recommend this as a children's book. I suppose it's not tooWow, this was a strange one. Very dark, creepy, spooky, etc. I'm not sure how much I could recommend this as a children's book. I suppose it's not too overwhelming for middle grade readers, but I probably wouldn't recommend it to elementary students, at all. I know it's compared to Coraline, which was also plenty creepy, but I felt like The Nest was just so much darker. Also, the subject matter seems somewhat more intense and complicated and I feel it would even be difficult for most elementary students to follow.
I enjoyed how the ending was left kind of open to interpretation (view spoiler)[was there just a massive wasp infestation in the house that culminated in the wasp attack? Or were there really super intelligent, nefarious wasps planning to take away Theo and replace him with some strange wasp hybrid baby??? (hide spoiler)]. Extremely quick, enjoyable, suspenseful read. I just cannot give it five stars because part of me is still reeling from the fact that this is advertised as a children's novel!["br"]>["br"]>...more
So I know we cannot constantly compare every book about magic to the HP series, but really guys... There are so many HP inspired happenings in this enSo I know we cannot constantly compare every book about magic to the HP series, but really guys... There are so many HP inspired happenings in this entire book that that's automatically where my mind goes. From the obvious cover (three kids, two guys and one girl, yielding magic and thrown into school together, defeating some mysterious, masked, dark lord) to the Harry Potter mimic himself (view spoiler)[I mean c'mon, Aaron, the "Makari" (aka The Boy That Lived) is even an orphan (hide spoiler)]. There's practically even horcruxes. And instead of Albus we get Rufus. I mean even those names are too similar to my liking! The story was decent enough but the whole time I was reading it I couldn't help but think "I've read this one before..." And I was also shocked that, in the about the authors section, there was mention of Black's and Clare's mutual love of "nerdy" things like LotR and Star Wars, but no shoutout to Harry Potter? Oookay then. ...more
Another day, another mediocre teen novel. Noggin wasn't bad, but I feel like, for such an interesting plot idea, it didn't really live up to its potenAnother day, another mediocre teen novel. Noggin wasn't bad, but I feel like, for such an interesting plot idea, it didn't really live up to its potential. I think this whole lack of plot in contemporary teen fiction is either just really appealing to the authors that write them, or the teens that read them. So 16 year old Travis, suffering from terminal leukemia, gets decapitated and has his head cryogenic-ally frozen in order to be sewn onto a new body and give him a second chance of life. Ridiculous, cheesy sci-fi plot? Yes. And then the book just gets cheesier, because instead of focusing on the sci-fi elements (like Travis dealing with weird effects from his new body, or dealing with creepy crazies that want to capture him and hold him hostage or kill him because he's an "abomination"), this book then just goes on to focus on things like Travis' relationships with his family and friends and going back to high school. And Travis, being a 16 year old for the last 5 years, is ridiculously selfish and self-centered and egotistical and sometimes just downright annoying to read about. So yes, this book was a little dull considering all the potential it had to be something fun, exciting, and different. ...more