Friday, June 5, 2009

Twilight Prisoner review

Middle of the first day of the 48 Hour Read-a-thon and I think it's time for a full-length review. If I don't get these started, I'll never have time in the month to complete them, so first up is Katherine Marsh's, The Twilight Prisoner.

A sequel to the Edgar Award-winning The Night Tourist, this book for middle grade/young adult level is fabulous for fans of thrills and fantasy. Jack is busy trying to fit in at his new school and even his a crush on his friend from Latin club, Cora. While trying to impress Cora one day after school, Jack ends up back in the Underworld, below New York City, and he and Cora are on the infamous 3-day-countdown until they too, become one of the ghosts floating around the city.

Euri is back in all of her glory, completely jealous of Cora, but still willing to help the pair get back to the surface in time to remain human. The three-headed dog is still on the loose and the humor of the long-dead-ghosts is still in effect.

Marsh is very skilled with her themes of love and loss, injecting them with scenes of chases, adventure, lots of subtle humor, and just plain fun.

A wonderful sequel, just as thrilling and adventure-filled as the first, which is of course, a rarity. I absolutely love Euri and we are able to learn a bit more about her back story and how she came to be one of the dead. The cover is as beautiful as the last and the entire book will be pleasing to fans of Rick Riordan's "Percy Jackson" series.

Recommended for libraries or gifts for kids. A great "boy" book too!

To learn more or to purchase, click on the book cover above to link to Amazon.

The Twilight Prisoner
Katherine Marsh
256 pages
Young Adult
Hyperion
9781423106937
April 2009

2 comments:

Staci said...

Sounds like a great read!! Have fun during the 48 hour challenge!!

Ms. Yingling said...

I desperately wanted to like these, but didn't. As a former Latin teacher, I had a lot of trouble believing that Jack liked Latin that much, and a couple of students haven't liked it either. It's good to hear another opinion.