Thursday, October 13, 2011
The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood
I was not impressed by this book. Targeted for grades 5-8, I feel it was just a so-so children's book. It very much imitated The Series of Unfortunate Events in style, specifically with an omniscient narrator that would cut into the story and the use of explaining vocabulary words. As far as the plot went, I was expecting a more spooky tone, which I think the author tried for but didn't reach until the very end, and by then it was too late. I realize this is the first in a series and cliffhangers are necessary, but the book really needed more mystery and intrigue throughout. The pictures were actually my favorite part; they were well-drawn and gave a unique look to the characters.
1 out of 5 stars. I have no intention of continuing the series, and I think there are more interesting, captivating stories for grades 5-8. However, that's not to say that those who like Lemony Snicket's series won't also enjoy this one. Just don't expect as much action.