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Dead Voices

(Small Spaces #2)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  2,149 ratings  ·  513 reviews
Bestselling author Katherine Arden returns with another creepy, spine-tingling adventure in this follow-up to the critically acclaimed Small Spaces.

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
Hardcover, 236 pages
Published August 27th 2019 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
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Katherine Arden No, there are going to be four. One set in the fall, one in the winter, one in spring and one in summer

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Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

ARC provided by Penguin in exchange for an honest review.

1.) Small Spaces

I don't have words, only tears.
Also... this comes out on my birthday? The blessings.

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Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dead Voices is the second book in the Small Spaces series by Katherine Arden. In this book, we're reunited with best friends Ollie Adler, Coco Zintner and Brian Battersby, after they survived the terrifying circumstances of the first book, Small Spaces. Every book in the series has a seasonal theme—Small Spaces was autumn themed whereas Dead Voices is winter themed. Thanks to Arden's magnificent writing, you find yourself admiring the beauty of winter but also feel the eeriness that accompanies ...more
Rachel Reads Ravenously
A great middle grade horror series. Arden does a splendid job of balancing the genre for a younger audience. I got goosebumps reading this! I cannot wait for more books in the series.
Katherine Arden is so talented to tell atmospheric stories!

The second book of the series wasn't as amazing as the first one, but it was entertaining and, according to me, scarier. Some parts made me shiver or jump even if it's written for children. The snow, the cold, the old lodge, the stuffed animals and, obviously, the ghosts... so spooky!

The last third of the book was a bit repetitive, that's why I rate it 3.5, but I'm gonna round it up since the first 70% would deserve 4 stars.

I can't wait
Well hello, I’m delightfully creeped out right now.

DEAD VOICES reunites us with the trio from SMALL SPACES, Arden’s first in this middle grade fantasy and paranormal horror mystery series. They survived the creepy scarecrows and fall-themed maze, they survived the Smiling Man, and now they are off to vacation at a ski resort during the holidays. But the vacation ends up being less hot chocolates and fun in the snow and more snowstorms and failing heat, hauntings and danger.

Since October, none of
Katerina Kondrenko
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.
Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

This was a fantastic haunted house story for the middle-grade set but it should appeal to a wide range of readers. This is the second book in the Small Spaces series but it could be read as a stand-alone despite the fact that events from the first book are discussed. I really enjoyed the spooky feel that this story had and found that I was really eager to see how things would work out. All in all, I thought this was a well-done
Roshani Chokshi
Just as great as the first!
Ivonne Rovira
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: tweens seeking a good fright
Recommended to Ivonne by: NetGalley
Best friends Olivia “Ollie” Adler, Coco Zintner and Brian Battersby head to a Vermont ski lodge called Mount Hemlock Resort. (Their parents should have known better than to spend winter break at a place with a literally poisonous name.) Be that as it may, the newly opened ski lodge was once a dreadful orphanage complete with a terrifying black-clad nun named Mother Hemlock. Unless Ollie, Coco and Brian prove resourceful and clever, the brave trio may well be Mother Hemlock’s next victims!

cutesyreader ツ
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade, horror
This book was waaayy creepier than the first book.
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my most anticipated books of the year and I was not disappointed. Dead voices actually felt even creepier that Small Spaces. This second book in a series had Coco as a main focus and so we get to know and understand her a lot better. Also,there was a character named Voland. I see what you did there,Katherine Arden,and I love it. Can't wait for book three.
This paled in comparison to its brilliant predecessor, Small Spaces, but it’s still a cute and entertaining story.

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
rachel ☾
#1) Small Spaces

oh thank the lord, we're getting more

Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ollie and her friends are back on another adventure - and this time, they're snowed in at a ski resort that's haunted by a vengeful ghost! Can Ollie and her friends survive another night, and escape the wrath of both the ghost - and a past that's unwilling to let them go free?

Chilling, creepy, and fun, Dead Voices is a suspenseful ghost story with a twist you won't see coming!
♥ WishfulMiss ♥
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars

Dead Voices definitely raised the bar on the creepy scale. But *dramatic pause* it also quickly engaged me and had me just as freaked out, excited, scared and ready to jump in to fight as the trio was. I loved that Ollie, Coco and Brian are back and can’t wait to see more of them in books to come!

If you haven’t read Small Spaces, I would recommend starting there first. A few of that story’s events and characters bleeds through to this one and you’ll be more in the know if you’ve read
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
Thank you to Penguin Random House for the always welcome opportunity to read and review this ARC and for the chance to be a part of the spooky Blog Tour for Dead Voices!

That being said, Please go check out my Blog Tour post for this spooky book on 8/28. You can find the post on the blog , thanks in advance to all those who check it out!


I have been a fan of Katherine Arden ever since I read The Bear and the Nightingale and fell in love with
lauren ♡
I LOVE THIS SERIES!!!! this was so fun and honestly super creepy??? i listened to parts of the audiobook at night and ngl it made me jump-y i feel like i missed some things because im a tiny bit confused ??? really didn’t effect my overall experience though and know it was probably just me being distracted. i think the ending was a lil rushed too, but i just wanted more!!!! i can’t wait for the next book!!! ...more
kath | novel + folk
Favourite author, favourite middle grade series, favourite misfit kids battling v. spooky things. I am READY.

ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪SomeBunny Reads (Phoenix)•*¨*•♫♪

Ouch! I didn't like this book at all and that hurt... Arden is one of my favourite authors and I loved the first book in the series so much... but this one just didn't work. I skipped though the pages because I just couldn't wait for it to end. I get this is a children's book, but the first one was great for an adult too. This one... was one percent story and the rest was just fillers. I mean, descriptions of people making pancakes and stuff like that. And, I mean... a Ouija board? Seriously,
Stacy Renee  (LazyDayLit)
Ollie, Coco, and Brian have been the best of friends since they survived the smiling man and his scarecrows in Small Spaces. In just a few short months, Ollie's dad and Coco's mom have become close friends as well and they decide to take a vacation together so they pack up and head out to a new ski resort they've been invited to. A snowstorm sets in and traps them all in the mostly empty lodge and strange and paranormal activity starts happening right off the bat.

In steps Mr. Vorland who claims
sofia (sam willows)
better and creepier than book 1
Erin Cataldi
Sep 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Engrossing and wonderful, I adored this follow up to Small Spaces! The gang is back but this time they are on a new adventure. Ollie's dad has won a free ski trip for five at the newest ski resort in Vermont. Ollie and her best friends Coco and Brian will accompany Ollie's Dad and Coco's mom on the trip of a lifetime. On their way up the mountain the snow keeps coming down, and by the time they reach the top, Coco is convinced she has seen a ghost and they all know that they are completely ...more
I really loved this one! In this second installment (I believe there will be 4), Olivia, Coco and Brian have to escape from the clutches of (no spoilers) some evil people, but this time, they are stranded in a haunted ski lodge in the middle of a snow storm with very little power (weak generators). In some ways, it wasn't quite as creepy as the first one, but I think that's partly because I knew what to expect. Although the thought of all the dead animals was pretty creepy for me. WHY do people ...more
I thought this was even better than Small Spaces! Such an amazing middle grade horror series! ...more
✩ Ashley ✩
3.5 Stars

Super creepy and atmospheric (...but I was a little disappointed by the villain.)

Audiobook Performance:
The Captain
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Ahoy there me mateys! Ever since I read the bear and the nightingale, I have been in love with this author’s writing. So of course I have been reading her middle-grade novels because I don’t put age limits on reading. And this was a fun second book. Aye, this is a review of a book two where I will try to post no spoilers but continue at yer own peril . . .

This story follows Ollie and her friends Brian and Coco on what is supposed to be a fun ski trip. Ollie’s dad has won a ski vacation for the
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved Small Spaces, Katherine Arden’s first foray into children’s horror, and so I jumped right into its sequel, Dead Voices (2019). A few months have passed since Ollie, Coco, and Brian outsmarted the Smiling Man who wanted to turn them, and all their classmates, into scarecrows. The ordeal left them with recurring nightmares, but also made them best friends. It’s December now, and Ollie’s dad has won a stay at Mount Hemlock, the new ski lodge a few hours outside of town. He’s taking all ...more
I never thought I could be so excited for a middle grade seasonal series, but then Katherine Arden came in and gave us the sweetest ghost-addled children. Full RTC.
I loved getting to visit with Ollie, Coco, and Brian again. As much as I wanted to like this story, I wanted to be as genuinely scared as I was when I read Small Spaces. That story genuinely scared me. And not just for a middle grade book. I've read a lot of thrillers and I think she managed to walk a truly delicate fine line between scary and not too scary for middle grade readers. The thrills in this story just didn't come close.

However, this may be the perfect level of thrills for those who
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