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Arcade Catastrophe

(The Candy Shop War #2)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  7,297 ratings  ·  487 reviews
It will take more than magical candy to win this war!

Something fishy is going on over at the new amusement centre in Walnut Hills. The trouble seems linked to the mysterious disappearance of Mozag and John Dart, who have spent their lives policing the magical community. When Nate and his friends are asked to help investigate, they discover they discover kids feverishly pla
Hardcover, 433 pages
Published October 12th 2012 by Shadow Mountain (first published January 1st 2012)
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Lindsey Rey
Dec 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
[4.5 Stars]
So far I have finished three of Brandon Mull's series and I want sequels for EVERY SINGLE ONE!
Daniel Smith
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Dorine White
Jan 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My Thoughts-
Such a fun and perfect book for middle graders. I loved the first book and this one is just as exciting. We have a new villain, Mr. White, the brother of the previous bad lady in book one. He is able to use wax figures of people to control them. He is a great evil character who stops at nothing to win. As a reader, you know his threats towards our main characters are real. What is also fun is that the previous villain, Mrs. White, is also in this book. She is now Lindy, a young girl
The Lady
Oct 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Ages 8 +
First off, we all know how much I am in love with purple, so the cover itself was intriguing. The artwork is quality and fun, and the purple clinches it for me. And no, I'm not kidding. We really shouldn't judge books by their covers, but we all do it. And this quick judgment was spot on.

If you liked The Candy Shop War by Brandon Mull, you will enjoy its sequel Arcade Catastrophe even more. The level of intrigue and creativity is pushed farther taking the story in surprising directions.

Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Candy Shop War: Arcade Catastrophe was a great sequel to it's predecessor in my opinion. What I really enjoyed was that I didn't have to go back and check the first book to fully remember everything that had happened. In other words, you can skip the first book and read this one without having major issues understanding the plot. Mull did a great job setting all the characters, setting, and plot up. I would recommend this book to anyone that wants to read something a little bit unique.
Oct 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brandon Mull is getting better and better! The Arcade Catastrophe is packed full of good, clean excitment and suspense. The story was engaging, the message was positive, and the characters are strong, honorable, and brave.

If you haven't read The Candy Shop War, you absolutly need to read it first. The Arcade Catastrophe references back to that first book several times, and some key plot points are dependent on a knowledge of what's happened in the past. This time, Mazog and John Dart are missing
Junie K.
Oct 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Arcade Catastrophe by:Brandon Mull
426 pages
The Arcade Catastrophe is a great sequel to the book The Candy Shop War. This book is about 5 friends Nate, Trevor, Summer, Pigeon, and there new friend Lindy who in the last book was an old evil magician who tried to find the fountain of youth to take control of the world ( she is a really powerful magicain but appartenly the magic works only/better when you are younger.) They are on another adventure to try to stop and save there friends Mo
Hunter Larson
Feb 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
(Before you read this book review I highly suggest you read the first book) The theme of my book is in spite of obstacles you can achieve your goal. The setting of this book is mainly at an arcade.this story is told by a narrator aou of the story (3rd person point of view) which actually makes a lot of differences. There are six major characters. The six are Nate, Summer, Trevor, Pigeon, and Lindy, and to those who don’t know, Lindy is Ms. White. A year after the gang defeated Ms. White and turn ...more
Nathaniel Hardman
Jun 18, 2018 rated it liked it
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Oct 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Candy Shop War Arcade Catastrophe by Brandon Mull

I was excited to read Candy Shop War Arcade Catastrophe. I admit that I do own Candy Shop War but have not read it, but I am going too. I loved Fablehaven series. If your a Brandon Mull fan you will enjoy this book.
In Candy Shop War Arcade Catastrophe its starts off by kids spending all thier money to try and get a prize stamp. No one knows what they do or why thier is only 4 of 4 different stamps. They cost the most tickets of any prize a
Ghet Ekspözed
Nov 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, uneven
A weaker 3 star, about a 2/5 relative to others. Fiction.

Description/Character/Dialogue: Low 3 stars. The characters in this book are generally the same quality of the ones in the last, as there's more of them and you get a sense of what everyone is like. The absence of focus on three boring characters in this book push it ahead of the last, as the people closest to the old bullies only show up for a few pages. However, the villain in this is much more boring than Mrs. White, and is even kind of
Kino Kino
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Some pacing issue some where at the middle of the first half but finishes quite strong. If you liked the first one, then you'll definitely like this. Expect an immersive world expertly written. Brandon Mull writes great, that is something that is now a simple fact.

Pick this up, definitely worth the time!
Mar 31, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
My children and I listened to this on CD while on vacation. We enjoyed it but not quite as much as the first. It felt a bit darker and we definitely didn't care for the narrator as much as the first book. Still it was an enjoyable story and recommended for fantasy lovers or those who enjoyed the first book. Brandon Mull had come to speak at my oldest daughter's school the week before we listened to these (I didn't know he was coming and had already selected these books to listen to in the car on ...more
Sep 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Just as much fun as the original. As usual, Mull excels at coming up with inventive new ways of using magic, and writes fantasy action sequences better than just about anyone. This book is slightly more mature than the first one – the villain’s more formidable, the stakes are higher, and there’s some excellent moral complexity in Lindy’s character. There are also hints of a larger world at play, and I would love it if Mull continued this series… you know, when he’s not busy writing awesome books ...more
Aug 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is such a fun series, and I'm still holding out hope for a third one, no matter how unlikely that may be.


Originally read in August 2013
Reread in August 2016

This was just so good! It had been so long since I'd read these two books that I'd forgotten how great they are, but they really really are. I hope one day Brandon Mull writes a third one.
Nov 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic sequel! Everything I've read by Brandon Mull has been amazing, and this book is no exception.

The characters came to life in this book, and I could perfectly visualize everything that was going on. I found my heart beating faster along with Nate and the other characters when their lives were in danger. It's a cute story and I would recommend it to anyone, no matter their age.
Dec 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book took me 2 days to read! Now I can start on every day by david levaithan! This book was good. I love the cast and plot line. It's not my favorite.
Is this a dueology? Or a trilogy? Someone let me know plzzzzz!!!
Nov 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: awesome-books
The Arcade Catastrophe (The Candy Shop War, #2)I love this sequel a lot! I hope Brandon Mull writes a third!!!! I think that Brandon Mull should of made Lindy take her past not so well. But I know I loved this book more than the first!;)
Ian Epp
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
In this book Summer, Nate, Trevor, and Pigeon are back. This time they are helping people who monitor magic in the world. They are worried about a certain arcade and its owner. But to find out what is really going on they have to go on the inside. Read this book to find out what they do.
Michelle Parker
Aug 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It was a great book to read. With how everything was laid out it set a good pace and wasn't slow.
Jul 23, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was nearly identical to the first book: stamps instead of candy, nacho cheese for fudge, familial bad guy, etc.
Jan 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Pretty good. I liked the first one better. This one was a little slow to start. But it had a really great ending.
Oct 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Fun, fun story! The kids loved it enough to give it 5 stars. You know it's a great read-aloud book when the kids beg you for "just one more chapter"!!
Saylor W.
May 22, 2013 rated it liked it
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Carson Jarva
Dec 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Arcade Catastrophe is an excellent sequel to the original Candy Shop, so if you were a fan of the original than The Arcade Catastrophe definitely does do it justice. This book follows the same main characters as the first Nate,Summer,Pigeon, Trevor, along with Lindy who is a new character who was the evil Ms. White but was turned into a good younger magician.

One day while the children are doing speed trial runs on their bikes using different magic candy to see which one works best, they are app
old account (rl)
Jun 20, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

This review contains unavoidable spoilers for The Candy Shop War.

Arcade Catastrophe was not as good as The Candy Shop War in its plotline or its execution. I found the characters to be a little... off. They weren't the kids I remembered falling in love with when I first read The Candy Shop War - which left me a little disappointed.

The mystery of the arcadeland and the later quests was not as captivating as the mystery of Belinda White's magical candy. I enjoyed them much more. Arcade Ca
Melissa McCauley
Jan 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Book 9
In the beginning of Arcade Catastrophe a new arcade is built with a lot of new games. While Nate and his gang are hanging around they find magic stamps to help you run fast, fly, breath underwater, or fly. So Each of them decide to get one with their tickets. And then once their in their groups they start going on missions to find the treasure and if you your team loses your out for good. So may the best team win.
Two of the main characters in this book are Nate and Roman. Nate is a very
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audio
My daughter and I are both listening to these books together. I think the idea of having special powers granted temporarily, is fun. Although there were new elements to this book, this was essentially a rinse-and-repeat of the first book. The concepts are fun (especially for kids) but some of the lessons are lame/horrendous: "If somebody (especially a total stranger, with suspicious or unknown motives) gives you moments to make a decision between pursuing something mysterious and potentially coo ...more
Rebecca Ray
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Arcade Catastrophe is the second Candy Shop War book, and the book the children and I have been listening to in the car over the past two or three weeks. The original characters are back, and this time they've been drawn into helping out with a little problem over in the town next to them. John Dart and Mozak have disappeared and their associates suspect magical foul play was involved. It's up to Nate and his friends to figure out what's going on and stop it.

This book is one that the children sa
Catherine ~All for the greater glory of God~
Content: A food that makes people not see magic and generally not care about anything while under its effects. Someone has something (kind of voodoo dolls) that makes them able to kill, injure, and control certain people (including children) from a distance. Stealing. Fights with injuries from fists, tranquilizers, arrows, and various other weapons.

Rating: 5 stars/I liked all of it

Rating Reason: Exciting and engaging; good characters; good setting. Also well thought out; Something I am con
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Brandon Mull resides in a happy little valley near the mouth of a canyon with his wife and three children. He spent two years living in the Atacama Desert of Northern Chile where he learned Spanish and juggling. He once won a pudding eating contest in the park behind his grandma’s house, earning a gold medal. Brandon is the author of the New York Times bestselling Fablehaven series and The Candy S ...more

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