Monday, June 22, 2015

Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles: The Nixie's Song by Holly Black & Tony DiTerlizzi

Page Count: 162
Published on: September 18th 2007
Published by: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Genre(s): Middle Grade, Fantasy, Adventure, Urban Fantasy
Source: Print: Hardback: Library
Age Rating: G
Where To Find ItGoodreads // Amazon

Twitter(s)@HollyBlack & @TonyDiTerlizzi 

My Rating: 4 stars

Goodreads synopsis:

Nick Vargas thinks his sucky life is being turned upside down when his father remarries. So when an expedition to a nearby lake turns up a nixie with a giant problem - it's up to Nick and Laurie (his new step-sister) to come up with a plan. Will they be able to stop the rampaging beast before all of Mangrove Hollow goes up in smoke?


Hey guys! 

       So, I borrowed this from my local library after I read The Spiderwick Chronicles. I was hoping that it would be a continuation of the Grace family's shenanigans, and it wasn't. The Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles followsw Nick and Laurie. Nick and Laurie are newly made step-siblings. Their mom and dad just got married and Laurie and her mother have moved into Nick's house. Nick's house. Nick doesn't like the new additions to his family, and he especially doesn't like his new step-sister Laurie. Laurie is obsessed with all things fairy. Soon after Laurie and her mother moving in, Nick and Laurie encounter a nixie in the pond near their house. They promise the nixie that they will find the nixie's sisters and return them to their home. In the process, Nick and Laurie wake up a fire-breathing giant and they have to figure out a way to stop the giant from burning down the surrounding area.

       I didn't think this was as good as the Spiderwick Chronicles, but I feel like this is a really great first installment of this trilogy. With the Spiderwick Chronicles I felt like the five books each was each a chapter in one big story, which was know, it'd be bad if I hadn't had the bind up of the 5 books and the 3 lost chapters, but reading the whole story was really fun and cute. I look forward to reading the next two books in the trilogy. 

What I Didn't Like: I didn't like how Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi handled divorce, but I hope that it gets better in the next 2 books because I know I'll read the next two.

What I Did Like: Laurie, and the world building! I loved how descriptive and beautiful the language was. I also loved the illustrations! Tony DiTerlizzi has done it once again! Dude you're a magician! The story was interesting and really magical. 

Until next time guys!
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