Having survived sinister scarecrows and the malevolent smiling man in Small Spaces, newly minted best friends Ollie, Coco, and Brian are ready to spend a relaxing winter break skiing together with their parents at Mount Hemlock ...more
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9 out of 10
That was even better than the first book! Creepy as hell. Didn't like a certain twist, 'cause I expected this installment to be more independent and self-developed, but this detail didn't spoil my fun after all. Love Arden's writing style, btw.
I had very high expectations for Dead Voices because I LOVED Small Spaces, but where that was richly atmospheric and unique, this felt thin and typical of its genre.
Atmosphere is what Katherine Arden does best, and while there’s more of that here than in your typical middle grade book, the spooky, hauntingly magical feel of Small Spaces and The Bear and the Nightengale trilogy is a ...more
Coco, Ollie and Brian are glad to be going skiing with Coco's mom and Ollie's dad, who has won a trip to a new ski resort called Mount Hemlock in Vermont. The weather is horrible, and the car trip is difficult because of all the snow on the roads. At one point, Coco thinks she sees a man in the middle or the road, but no one else does. When they finally arrive, the owners, Sam and Sue Wilson, tell them that the power and the generator are out, but they have some t ...more
Pros I noticed:
- I like how we follow more of Coco's POV in this book.
- Interesting development between the parents... :)
- This series doesn't rely on just the creep factor, but also the emotional one. We're constantly learning about these characters an ...more
On a ski trip to the newly opened Mount Hemlock Ski Area, a nor'easter buries the region, leaving main character Ollie, her fa ...more
Remember what Seth said to Ollie in Small Spaces? “Wherever you go in this big, gorgeous, hideous world, there is a ghost story waiting for you.” Well, Katherine Arden has brought us another great - and I mean GREAT - ghost story in this second book in the Small Spaces series. No spoilers here but this middle grade horror book will chill tweens to the bone, and introduce to them to some of the classic tropes of the genre. O ...more
I definitely think this sequel stands alone enough to be read separately (although I do not know why you would deny yourself the experience of reading Small Spaces). It takes place after the events in Small Spaces as new best friends Ollie, Coco, and Brian head to a remote ski lodge for winter break in the middle of a devastating snow storm. When they get there, they start having nightmares (not unusual for them, tbh), hearing strange thing ...more
This time, the main perspective (though as before, all th ...more
Dead Voices, the follow up to Katherine Arden’s Small Spaces, finds Ollie and her friends going to a ski lodge over winter and encountering the supernatural again. Strange things keep happening, and with the ghost of a girl calling for help Ollie, Coco and Brian find themselves knee deep in it all as they look to keep themselves safe and make it out together.
I loved, loved, loved this. These ar ...more
Dead Voices is a really good and creepy sequel. As I was reading it, I thought it was like Stephen King's The Shining. There was the spooky lodge, ghosts, the snow storm trapping everyone inside.
While the location of a lodge and being trapped during a snow storm might not have been as creative as a corn maze and scarecrows, it was well executed . I really enjoyed reading ...more
Wonderful sequel to the outstanding Small Spaces and I am so happy to add that it looks as if there will be more to come.
Arden does a terrific job of creating suspense and just the right amount of creepiness for the middle grade audience. A ...more
I like that this series has tense stakes and creepy descriptions, it isn't overly sugarcoated for the age group. I d ...more
Full review to come around release day.
** I received an ARC from the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest re ...more
Good solid creepy as heck ghost tale for a winter night. I like the puzzle aspect of both this and Small Spaces, reminds me of the best old fairy tales and deals made at crossroads. The trio of kids complement each other nicely and all have their strong points, but also weaknesses where they need their friends to help them out. Would say more, but spoilers are evil. If you like Arden's other books you'll love this one too, read it...and you may want to leave the lights on!
Born in Texas, Katherine studied French and Russian at Middlebury Coll ...more