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Il Gaiman s The Graveyard Book and of course the most obvious example JK Rowling s Harry Potter Almost always and of course the most obvious example JK Rowling s Harry Potter Almost always token something will be eft in the possession of such child example JK Rowling s Harry Potter Almost always a token something will be Alpha Dog (Weredog Chronicles) left in the possession of such child will help in the discovery of his past Well Go figure Okay it s safe to continue reading the rest of the review nowTheittle showdown and game towards the end too was a bit tacky If you ve been dealing with an apparently invincible enemy with demonic powers and super strengths the game would not be something that you d expect Notwithstanding the somewhat predictable foundation of the plot and the tacky ittle parts scattered in the storyline I enjoyed this book immensely I ve read all of Zafon s previous works and always the part which I ook s previous works and always the part which I Heres to the Ladies look to the best thing about his novels for me is the suspense The mystery The eerie atmosphere that prevails throughout the story The creepiness of the narrative that makes the hair at the back of my neck stand up on end Yes I m a scaredy cat but still Didn t reallyike this oneI m not really sure whyMaybe it s because I didn t Saying Yes to the Millionaire like Benor maybe it s because I wasn t particularly interested in the storyIiked all the other charactersthoI have to admit that I ve skimmed through the The Majors Guarded Heart / The Highlanders Dangerous Temptation / Paying the Vikings Price last 40 pages I just don t understand why Jawahal had to make everything so freaking complicatedLikestop being so dramaticdudeThe endingon the other handI actually reallyikedIt was a good conclusion to their journey Obsessive followers of my reviews come on I know there s Sons of the Devil, Vol. 2 loads of you out there may have noted that back when I reviewed Carlos Ruiz Zaf n s previous YA novel The Prince of Mist I said I wasn t going to bother reading this And it s true I wasn t But then I came across a copy in theibrary and couldn t resist giving this a try knowing it wouldn t take me Merry Christmas, Daddy long to read I m uite glad I did as The Midnight Palace is much better than its predecessorLike The Prince of Mist this book was originally intended for the teen market but the English translation is clearly being aimed towards the author s adult fans again it comes with a foreword extolling its appeal to readers of all ages The story starts with Ian now entering old age recalling his youth in a children s home in Calcutta specifically the adventures he enjoyed with a tight knit group of fellow orphans who called themselves the Chowbar Society Flashback to 1932 when the seven friends are on the cusp of turning sixteen andeaving the orphanage to make their own ways in the world An elderly woman arrives at the orphanage with a girl of their age the intriguing Sheere and so begins a fantastical rollercoaster ride of an adventure It s odd that this is supposed to be the second of a trilogy as other than some elements of fantasy and a seemingly indestructible bad guy it has very Roped in little in common with The Prince of Mist One of the things that annoyed me the most about that book was that it was so vague completely failing to establish any sense of time or place and providing veryittle explanation of the villain s origins Here the setting and era of the story are clear from the beginning and the evil Jawahal is given a backstory that s perhaps too detailed raising rather a ot of uestions Naturally since this is YA fiction it does all get a bit silly much of the climactic action is really daft but I didn t exactly expect shining iterary brilliance so that was fine But I did genuinely Secrets of the Tycoons Bride (The Garrisons, like the ending which seemed oddly melancholy and downbeat for a teen bookA decentittle read for fans of the author atmospheric exciting and easy to get through in one sitting Maybe I Samanthas Gift ll read his next YA translation due May 2013 after all In my yearlong course to read everything of Carlos Ruiz Zafon I am now into his recent YA novels each that have a similar theme to them Ioved the uartetuintent of novels that comprise the Shadow of the WindCemetery of Forgotten Books Series I also Friscos Kid (Tall, Dark Dangerous loved Marina There are four of these novelseft the first is the Prince of Mist This second one called the Midnight Palace is also named Niebla 2 But I have no idea who Niebla is nor how the books might be connected Even though they are extremely similar in nature and style There is a Niebla 3The Midnight Palace does divert from the usual style as it is set in Calcutta not Spain But all the rest of the other elements are there Children in danger due to a dark spirit from the past usually that falls into a familial generation Courting Miss Adelaide (Noblesville, Indiana, line of past wrongs and misdeeds mixed with mental illness There are haunted mansions fire a child or children sought for death There are dark tunnels mixed with oldegends It was a dark misty poorly constructed kind of a mess It was hard to follow and I didn t uite ike it My guess is that the ast two novels will resemble of the same But I guess we will se. Ad de A Colton Target los palaciosLa gente ue puebla sus calles sabe uea verdadera historia fue escrita en as páginas invisibles de sus espíritus en sus maldiciones calladas y ocult. Ve it I wasn t sure that I understood the majority of it I don t mind suspending my disbelief and I Prodigal Prince Charming love magical realism it s my favourite kind of realism but only when what s happening makes senseAnd to me anyway parts of this story didn tBut anyway enough of the negative stuffet s move on to the positivesBecause there were tons of things I Task Force Bride liked about this bookFirst up I ve said it before and I ve said it again Iove A Soldiers Family (Wings of Refuge, loveooooove how Mr RZ constructs a sentence Seriously his prose is just absolutely stunningI ve never been to Calcutta and I don t know what the streets Desejo Indomado (To Tame A Playboy, lookike or how the mist rolls off the Hooghly River but with passages ike this The further he went the the station made of glass and steel seemed passages ike this The further he went the the station made of glass and steel seemed melt into the city a jungle of marble mausoleums blackened by decades of neglect naked walls once coated in ochre blue and gold their colours peeled away by the fury of the monsoon Mistress leaving them blurred and fadedike watercolours dissolving in a pond I am instantly transported there Just gorgeous I also think that aforementioned problems aside Mr RZ definitely knows how to tell a thrilling story Even though I didn t understand a few bits the ending was so gripping I ve said before that I Cinderella Story Part 2 (36 Hours) love authors who aren t afraid to put their characters and readers for that matter through the ringer and Mr RZ is definitely not afraid to do this I was afraid however because I m sure he has aist of all my worst nightmares and just throws them all in to spite meAnd then there are his characters Even though I did get a bit annoyed by the fact that the adults are conveniently absent throughout this whole story I A Ranchers Redemption loved that the children are the focus of the book With such a colourful cast it was easy to imagine yourself in that dilapidated house and Iiked how his children actually act A Doctor, a Nurse, a Christmas Baby like children too Too often in MGYA books the children are impossibly mature but in both of the books I ve read by Mr RZ his characters are still children in the best sense full of wonder full of imagination and members of secret clubs that reuire a password and only permit special girls to joinMy favourite character was Ben with hisove for complex puns and his A Mother in the Making love for writing plays that are described as a phantasmal piece of gibberish in which everyone died including the stagehands HaI know I seem to have written aot without actually saying anything so I apologise I enjoyed this book a Her Kind Of Cowboy lot than I did The Prince of Mist because there seemed to be aot depth to the story and the setting was absolutely gorgeous I d definitely recommend this book to people who don t need to know every single thing and who can just sit back and enjoy the book for what it isJust because I m not one of those people doesn t mean that you won t be Give it a try just for his prose if anythingYou can read this review and His Pregnant Christmas Princess lots of other exciting things on my blog here Who are theunatics asked Jawahal The ones who see horror in the heart of their fellow humans and search for peace at any price Or the ones who pretend they don t see what s going on around them The world Ben belongs either to Through the Language Glass lunatics or hypocrites There are no other races on this earth You must choose which one to belong to As in all books by Zafon Ioved this one It had its ittle uirky um where d that come from moments but I oved it nonetheless The synopsis at Waterstonescom reads as follows 1916 Calcutta A man pauses for breath outside the ruins of Jheeter s Gate station knowing he has only hours to Private Arrangements (Forged of Steele, live Pursued by assassins he must ensure the safety of two newborn twins before disappearing into the night to meet his fate 1932 Ben and his friends are due toeave the orphanage which has been their home for sixteen years Tonight will be the final meeting of their secret club in the old ruin they christened The Midnight Palace Then Ben discovers he has a sister and together they You Are Not A Gadget learn the tragic story of their past as a shadowy figuresures them to a terrifying showdown in the ruins of Jheeter s Gate station Note I am not sure if this is a spoiler though I don t think it really is but I m giving you a fair warning anyway as it has a Sanctuary lot to do with the foundation of the storyThe first part of this book was a bit shaky I will have to admit How many times have we heard of the story of a newborn child or children or babyies whose parents were murdered in cold blood by an evil personbeing but which child by some fortunate twist of fate is rescued by a benevolent character who may or may not end up dying anyway and whoeaves such child somewhere at the doorstep of another benevolent character maybe where the child grows up shielded from the past and clueless that upon reaching a certain age heshe and the evil murderer of hisher parents will resurface I m thinking Ne. L principioEn Forever Faithful (Forever Faithful, la víspera de cumplir dieciséis años Ben Sheere y sus amigos dea Chowbar Society deberán enfrentarse al más terrible enigma de Friendfluence la historia dea ciud.

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SPOILER ALERTI was very disappointed in this book I LIKED PRINCE OF MIST BUT THIS BOOK WAS NOT Prince of Mist but this book was not as good and I didn t think Prince of Mist was greatFor one thing Grandma does not want anyone telling Sheere that her father was a bad man But Grandma was the one who for her whole ife has been telling Sheere that her father is a good man But she knew his spirit was hunting his children to kill one of them So why did she build him up in Sheere s mind in the first placeHow can Ben and Sheere have a mystical connection because they were twins separated at birth Why did Dad kidnap Ben s friends and tie them up Why
didn t he 
t he kill them all and then kill BenWhatever happened to their father s home Why did he build it so weird How can they believe one minute that the bad guy knows they are there because the miniature train starts going around the tracks and has three miniature figures of them inside and then the next minute feel they are safe enough to go to sleep in separate roomsAnd why is it the girl always has to be the one sacrifice herself The story was not that interesting It was difficult to follow Explanations were given in character speech going on for pages Couldn t the author find a way to show not tell I was actually kind of angry by the end because I really wanted to ike the book and find it creepy Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis like Prince of Mist I don t understand why VOYA had it as a starred review The cover art is great thoughProduct DescriptionIn the heart of Calcuttaurks a dark mysterySet in Calcutta in the 1930s The Midnight Palace begins on a dark night when an English ieutenant fights to save newborn twins Ben and Sheere from an unthinkable threat Despite monsoon force rains and terrible danger urking around every street corner the young The English Spy (Gabriel Allon, lieutenant manages to get them to safety but not withoutosing his own To See Paris and Die life Yearsater on the eve of Ben and Sheere s sixteenth birthday the mysterious threat reenters their Out of China lives This time it may be impossible to escape With the help of their brave friends the twins will have to take a stand against the terror that watches them in the shadows of the night and face the most frightening creature in the history of the City of Palaces The only reason that I am giving this book a star is because I happen to be a Zafon s fan But seriously now Calcutta 1930 no disrespect at all I hated the Chowbar society members all of them and I was sympethtic to Jawahel villain but Zafon my man this thing soundedike a movie from Bollywood I mean a necklace that is split in two twins names written backwards I was waiting for the time when they all sang and the book went musical I understand that it is meant for teenagers and that you wrote it back in the 1990s But some things are better Mary Tudor left in the past there is no reason to bring it back again when you have written the angels game and shadow of the wind nevertheless any book that is written by Zafon has to have uotes that are epicike and the ones that have appealed to me are there was a time was when i too was young and did all the things young people are expected to do marry have children get into deptbecome disappointed and give up the dreams and principles you have always sworn to uphold In a word I became oldtactics are the collection of small steps you take to reach a position strategy the steps you take when there s nowhere As Aventuras de Hornblower (Saga Hornblower left to go in the book ofife it is perhaps best not to turn back pagesthere are two things in ife you cannot chooseThe first your enemies the second your family sometimes the difference between them is hard to see but in the end time will show you that the cards you have been dealt could always have been worst ife dear son is Barcelona like that first game of chess by the time you begin to understand how the pieces move you ve alreadyost I don t think that I enjoyed this book as much as I did the first one from the trilogy However if I read this when I was younger I would have absolutely adored this book My disappointment in this book can be described in three words Insufficiently explained superpowers Those places where sadness and misery abound are favoured settings for stories of ghosts and apparitions I think I can sum up my disappointment in this book in a sentence Fantastic ideas that are described in breathtakingly beautiful prose but never explained properlyThis isn t going to be a Christmas Catastrophe long review because I had the same problems with this book as I did with The Prince of MistThere was just not enough explanation and it might just be me but I couldn t get over that I m trying so hard not to delve into spoilers but so many crazy things happened throughout which would have been brilliant and were certainly uniue had I just been given a reason as to why they were happening Without this I just couldn t belie. Calcuta 1932 El corazón deas tinieblas Un tren en Collected Poems llamas atraviesaa ciudad Un espectro de fuego siembra el terror en as sombras de a noche Pero eso no es más ue El Palacio de a Medianoche