From bestselling authors Ally Condie and Brendan Reichs comes The Beast, the second book in the darkly suspenseful middle-grade Darkdeep series.
Nico, Opal, Tyler, Emma, and Logan survived their worst fears come to life and saved their town from a monstrous figment invasion. Now they want to keep their heads down, enjoy Halloween, and explore the secrets of their myster...more
I was trying to pick out why I like this series so much and I think I've pegged it. In nearly all middle-grade or YA books, the protagonists won't ask adults for help and this is either dealt with through ignorant adults or isn't dealt with and frustrates the reader. The Darkdeep series is set up in such a way that it makes complete sense as to why the main group don't try to get hel ...more
I wasn't quite as invested in this book as the first one, but it was still fun. Part of the reason is that there was not a Kindle version offered on NetGalley this time, only an Adobe Digital PDF, which means I had to sit and read off my computer screen. If a Kindle version were offered, like the first book, I would have read much faster and probab ...more
In this book, the whole crew is back, with the addition of Logan. They discover that the darkdeep is spontaneously producing figments on its own. To make matters more complicated, a cheesy internet show has rolled into town, hoping to catch a legendary beast on camera.
This series is so much fun. It's spooky, but not so scary that my daughter gets nightmares from it. So far, we've totally enjoyed every ...more
Nico, Opal, Emma, Tyler, and Logan are back again. They are trying to follow clues to explain the Torchbearers and find that there is a lot of history in the town. Something Opal hears has been giving them hints on where to go. The voice in her head is Thing, the gooey thing in the jar that they thought was dead. He starts telling him that there is a rift and they need to take care of that and The Darkdeep as Torchbearers.
A weird sulfur smell ...more
Content: G (mild fighting)
BUYING ADVISORY: EL, MS - ESSENTIAL
AUDIENCE APPEAL: HIGH
Even though they survived their first challenge and have committed themselves and Torchbearers, Nick, Opal and the others are flailing a bit as they try to figure out what being a Torchbearer actually means. And Opal hears a voice in her head — could it be Thing? She’s reluctant to let the others know, but the lice does seem ...more
The Beast by Ally Condie is a fantasy book.
The Beast takes place in a small town on the coast called Timbers.
The main characters are Nico and Opal.
Nico is stressed about the radish festival that went so wrong, and is tired from the constant job of the Darkdeep, an inky pool that is a tear in reality. But he and his friends took an oath to guard the Darkdeep, so they're stuck at the boat house where it is contained for most of the day. He is a nice person that wants to b ...more
Timbers is safe because of the efforts of Nico, Opal, Tyler, Emma, and Logan in The Darkdeep, and now the friends just want to get back to normal. That's not easy to do when creatures keep appearing even when the kids are not going into the pool at Still Cove. As Torchbearers, they all know they need to keep the various creatures at bay, because no one else in town seems to understand how serious the threat is. This is apparent when Colton Bridger of the Freakshow sh ...more
If you read a lot of middle grade and YA fantasy action/adventure your favorite books probably involve interesting and surprising characters, clever plot twists, possibly some youthful issues, and careful attention being paid to creating as authentic a fantasy feel as possible. If you read adult airport thrillers you're probably used to flat and predictable characters recently retired from a special forces unit, non-stop action, and wildly and almost intentionally im ...more
Y'all. If you thought The Darkdeep was craaazay (aka "good crazy") then get ready for The Beast! This book takes everything literally to a whole new level. Like I was fully not expecting to go all the places this story went. I was sitting there reading it and just when I thought things couldn't get any more insane -- they totally did!
There was so much going on here, what with the Beast, the figments, Freakshow, and the gang trying to solve another mystery. It all ended up co ...more
Topic 1: Characters
The characters here all get somewhat equal amount of book time without it getting too overboard. Thing is, you don't get to learn any more about them. In the last book, you got to learn about how his dad was able to save a bunch of owls, but here, there is little to no mention about that, and there is no new information about the kids' families. So while the characters were introduced more, they didn't ...more
When the Darkdeep was revel to be a portal to another dimension that was cool. Th ...more
Opal keeps hearing a voice in her head, is she going crazy or is that green thing in the jar talking to her? As the torchbearers try to move on from the horrors of Halloween night, Opal continues to hear a voice in her head that leads her to a torchbearer crypt, and something called the Rift which is somehow connected to the Darkdeep.
Whole following the clues that the voice gives them to set them on a path to the Rift. The torchbearers encounter more and more figments that they aren’t r ...more
Nico, Logan, Emma, Tyler and Opal are back in this sequel to The Darkdeep. Just like the first book in the series, The Beast is told from multiple perspectives to give readers a sense of each character.
The book begins with the group battling a new figment. Though no one has gone back into the Darkdeep, figments have returned, terrorizing the new Torchbearers. And that’s not the only thing terrorizing the island. There’s the ...more
Nico and Opal are the only two characters with POVs, although I think it would be fun to have POVs from Emma, Tyler, and Logan, too. But on the other hand, Nico and Opal’s voices sound very much the same, so maybe adding more POVs wouldn’t really ...more
I'd pitch this as 'The Goonies' meets 'Goosebumps': a bunch of kids coming together to protect their home town from a creepy entity known as The Darkdeep that projects people's thoughts (and fears) into the real world.
The characters are lively and they keep the plot moving along at a steady pace to keep readers (especially younger ones) hooked until the last page. Where it's a shame that some of the p ...more
I loved the first book in the series and was very excited for the second one. And just like Reichs's "Nemesis" series, this book is even more strange and bizarre than the first one. While being an action-packed horror story, it is also a mystery that leads the kids through historical areas of the town they all thought that they knew so well. Add to that a green, glowing blob and a succe ...more