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The Riddles of Epsilon

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  1,831 ratings  ·  138 reviews
Something dark has awoken on the remote island of Lume

Jess is not pleased when her parents drag her off to live on the weird little island of Lume. But then she encounters an eerie presence in an abandoned cottage, and her anger turns to fear when it begins to lead her through a series of creepy riddles. As she slowly unravels the mysteries of Lume, she finds the writings
Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 26th 2006 by Katherine Tegen Books (first published April 26th 2005)
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Jennifer Wardrip
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When she gets into some trouble at school, Jess's parents think they have the perfect solution: they'll move to Lume, an island in the middle of nowhere. She thinks there is absolutely nothing interesting about Lume--until she discovers a derelict old cottage. There's something creepy about the cottage--some sort of presence that Jess can't describe. It turns even weirder and scarier when that same presence shows up in her instant message conversati
Aug 08, 2011 rated it liked it
I'm suprised this isn't more popular.....

It's one of those books where you pretty much know how it's going to end, yet you have clue what twists and turns you're going to have to take to get you there.

The nitty-gritty: (slight spoiler's up ahead)
Jess has moved to the island of Lume with her parents, it is boring and small and just old. She is bored. She goes out walking and finds a cottage, it is so run down she has to force her way into it. She feels a strange yet comforting spirit inside. She
Apr 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Bec Frances
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, 2017
This book gave me a major case of the hebe-gebes. No joke, I seriously felt like someone was watching me while I read this book...

Maybe it was Epsilon...

Besides the spookiness, this book was AMAZING! This book was probably written for me to be honest as it contains all my favourite things.

Favourite things:
1) Books set in the UK
2) Riddles and poems (especially creepy ones)
3) Treasure hunts
4) Weird old ladies
5) Castles next to lakes

And this book had them all!! :D :D :D

The only problem... It's a
Apr 06, 2011 rated it liked it
I checked this out from the library on a whim - I liked the blurb and it seemed interesting. Turns out it was a pretty good choice. At first, I was slightly put off by the narrator, Jess', attitude. And then I remembered what I was like at 14. Bratty, bitchy and generally grumpy. Her characterization was spot on, for a 14-year-old girl to act any differently after her parents forced her to move to a remote island would seem unrealistic and totally disingenuous. Jess is an interesting protagonist ...more
Jessica Sayers
I was surprised by how suspenseful this was - it was full of creepiness, like leave the lights on, look over your shoulder eerie. I thought the story was pretty good, and the code the protagonist, Jessica, had to decipher was a nice touch, but the climax felt a little too easy, and the last couple chapters following it seemed unnecessary. The epilogue felt a bit tacked on, like the author had some new idea and just had to add it in whether it made sense or not. The same riddles and clues were re ...more
Apr 03, 2009 rated it it was ok
This book's premise is pretty ridiculous, but it was well-written enough to keep me reading. I guess I thought it would get better. Though I enjoyed the writing and the clues about discovering what was going on, the plot line of the dark beings and light beings and swans flying everywhere was just stupid. I can't recommend this book to anyone. Don't start it so you won't get sucked in like I did. ...more
Jan 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adolescent
The Riddles of Epsilon was very times even a little spooky. I enjoyed reading it a great deal and i have to admit that even I couldn't figure out the riddle untill the very end. Good luck :) ...more
Nov 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
It's a very philosophical kind of book, but not in a boring way. It Delves into the corners of your mind and sends chills up your spine. You can close your eyes and wind up in the middle of nowhere. Definitely mysterious and awesome!! ...more
Jan 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
I really loved this book and read it in a day. It is exciting, suspensful, and scary. Lots of mysteries to figure out along the way.
Jun 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This book is so good. When I first read it, I was just floored. There were so many little twists that I wasn't expecting. Excellent! ...more
Two words: Creepy Riddles.

Honestly what else could you ask for????

It was pretty creepy. And the riddles were cool and fun to figure out!

And I don't know what it is, but I read it a couple of summers ago when I checked it out from the library on a whim, and it really stuck with me for some reason. I'm glad I found it again!
Oct 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing

WOW. Did not disappoint.

So yeah, that's not really a big sparkly opening. But it's true. I got this from a book sale at the library and sometimes those used library books can be kind of . . . disappointing. Y'know? Well, this one was not. I still have a stack from the library left, but this was a great starter.

At first, you learn that Jess (hey, that's the name of the main character from the book I read before this!) is fourteen. Now, I haven't read a lot
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Sarah Elizabeth
Feb 03, 2012 rated it liked it
The Riddles of Epsilon is the somewhat strange tale of a teenage girl called Jess, who, having been expelled from her school for being caught smoking and drinking in the gym, has been moved to a small island called 'Lume' (no idea where this place is supposed to be), to live in a large house that her mother has inherited.

Jess is a bit of a rebel, and has not only recently been expelled, but has also had her nose pierced which her parents disapprove of. Her mother is a portrait artist, and her fa
Michal Sagal
Dec 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
I don't usually go in for stories that make me jump at small noises and want to turn on all the lights in the house, but despite that unexpected side effect, this book was pretty fantastic. Fourteen-year-old Jessica White is dragged out to an old house her mother inherited on an island called Lume. Bored out of her mind, she goes poking around in the house and the grounds, and meets a supernatural being called Epsilon. As he gives her various puzzles and cryptic hints to solve them, her mother b ...more
Yaly Arce
Jun 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Awesome. Totally and unbelievably awesome. There were things that I learned that were pretty interesting. Then there were things that were both expected and unexpected. I totally loved the story. I've been insane for a few things doing this and that so it's been a bit of time that I haven't picked up the book, but when I had a chance to continue I just couldn't put it down. The clues, the riddles, the excitement and the's like you're watching a movie in your head. Some things are so ...more
Mar 23, 2010 rated it it was ok
I'm not sure why I even finished this book. It was disjointed and just plain weird. Not enough background information to make the plot believeable. Character development was severely lacking. I'm not even sure what message it was trying to get across. On the plus side, there wasn't any bad stuff in it, but that's really the only plus. Don't waste your time on this book. ...more
Feb 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
I had a really hard time getting through this book. It was just so dark and left a very uncomfortable feeling with me. I really couldn't read it after dark.

I finally got into it at last, but it just felt like it went on forever. The whole first part of the book is about finding the relic, and then they find it and there's still another 200 pages left!

Not my fav!
Grace Blake
Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The writing is nothing special. It's very simple. But the story itself is outstanding. Everything fits in a perfect jigsaw and it impresses more every time I read it. Very interesting and keeps you guessing right up to the last page. ...more
Jan 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I read this book in one night. I just couldn't put it down. ...more
Carmen J. Lee
Apr 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
A.W.E.S.O.M.E. I couldn't put this book down after I started reading it . There are some twists in this book that are unexpectable. The epilogue was totally weird but yet brilliant. FANTASTIC! ...more
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The island of Lume is small. Boring. Nothing but old ruins and a lake surrounded by salty sea foam and even more old houses; not entertaining in the least for Jessica, the reluctant new inhabitant of the Big House. Her parents, enthusiastic for starting a new chapter in life, are far too excited about this. They insist on dragging her along on hikes and pestering her to get out and enjoy this new house, but all she wants is to meet with her friends and put those homeschooling books away for good ...more
Hannah Winkler
Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
I remember this being one of my favorite books when it first came out, fifteen years ago now. Surprisingly, it still holds up for me. I’d call it closer to middle grade than YA, so I forgive it for some things that would annoy me in a more mature book.
This is an excellent supernatural mystery for readers just getting into YA fiction, full of fun clues that you can solve for yourself if you really want to. The whole book has a great mystic and sometimes creepy atmosphere, though it stays pretty
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Imagine if you got dragged off to an abandoned creepy island and had no idea why. Well this is what happened to Jess in the book, The Riddles of Epsilon. This book is about a girl who is a teenager with the normal teenage attitude however, don't underestimate her because she is a strong determined girl inside and out and she loves to dance. As Jess is on this island she notices some weird things as well as a cottage that had a ghost in it that Jess could see. The she finds this bucket and finds ...more
May 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
I have a genuine dislike of reading books written in the first person perspective. I make exceptions for books that do it in a way I haven't seen before or with unusual settings.
The format of this book was intriguing. I enjoyed the chat text mixed in with the journal entry style.

This book lost points from me as some of the fonts were very hard to read. I appreciate what the author was trying to convey with it, but I think there are better choices than what was used.

The symbols were interesting
Cathlene Kilpatrick
This cleverly written YA novel will keep you guessing until the very end. The elements of magic mixed with interpersonal communication blend seamlessly into an enchanting tale.

The riddles are well written without being obvious and the discoveries will keep you on the edge of your seat. This mixture of magic and mystery make this an absolute must read!

I give this a 5 out of 5! Don't miss out on this wonderful book.
Shela Muriel
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Honestly, I have no words. This book was amazing, the characters were spot on and I enjoyed all the twists and turns that kept me turning the page until the very end. When I read the Epilogue I was so shocked about the result as to where and how the main characters letters got to her lots of greats grandfather. I wish there was a sequel to this book.
Victoria MacGregor
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Made me scared to look at my reflection in dark windows.
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