17 January 2010

The Midnight Curse; L.M. Falcone

The Midnight Curse The Midnight Curse by L.M. Falcone
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I can see where younger readers (4-6 grades) will like this, but as an adult? Not so much. Every character seems to spend time screaming, yelling, fainting, crying, etc.; it's too extreme. The fear-factor of the curse is mild, just enough to keep readers tense but not enough to cause sleepless nights.

One thing that bothered me was the ending. All of a sudden, it seemed, characters reappeared for virtually no apparent reason than to tie up some loose ends (eg, Miss Briar and Mom), and other questions were left unanswered (Cornelius). However, the age group for which this is written may not notice (or care) about that. They will find the house, Blaxton Manor, interesting - all the numbered staircases and games. My favorite was the wooden piano player who took requests! Very inventive.

ARC provided by publisher.

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