Battle of the Beasts (House of Secrets, #2)
Since the siblings' last adventure, life in the Walker household is much improved—the family is rich and the Wind Witch is banished. But no Walker will be safe until she is found, and summoning her to San Francisco brings all the danger that comes with her and puts the Walkers in the crosshairs of a mysterious journey through Denver Kristoff's books. As the Walkers travel from ancient Rome to World War II to Tibet, they'll be tested in ways that cut deeper than before, by Denver Kristoff, the Wind Witch, and each other.

Battle of the Beasts (House of Secrets, #2) Details

TitleBattle of the Beasts (House of Secrets, #2)
Author
ReleaseMar 25th, 2014
PublisherBalzer & Bray/Harperteen
ISBN-139780062192493
Rating
GenreFantasy, Adventure, Childrens, Middle Grade, Young Adult

Battle of the Beasts (House of Secrets, #2) Review

  • Mohammed Arabey
    January 1, 1970
    كم مرة شعرت أن الهروب لمغامرة بداخل رواية أمرا أجمل من واقعنا الرتيب ومتاعبه؟لكن بالنسبة للثلاث أشقاء ووكر هذا يعتبر لعنة، فهم سجناء في عالم خيالي مزيج من 3 روايات رهيبة كابوسيةولكن هل هذا فعلا أسوأ من الواقع؟ألم يصير الجميع هاربا بالفعل؟هذه هي التيمة الأساسية بالجزء الثاني..هذه المرة يتلاعب بيت الأسرار بهم ليقنعهم أن العالم الخيالي هو أفضل من عالمهم الواقعي..المحطم،البائس"ما الذي تتحدث عنه؟"قالتها كورديلا التي شعرت فجأه أنها تدافع عن حياتها بأكملها"سان فرانسيسكو مبهرة""حقا؟ حيث كل الناس دائما ي كم مرة شعرت أن الهروب لمغامرة بداخل رواية أمرا أجمل من واقعنا الرتيب ومتاعبه؟لكن بالنسبة للثلاث أشقاء ووكر هذا يعتبر لعنة، فهم سجناء في عالم خيالي مزيج من 3 روايات رهيبة كابوسيةولكن هل هذا فعلا أسوأ من الواقع؟ألم يصير الجميع هاربا بالفعل؟هذه هي التيمة الأساسية بالجزء الثاني..هذه المرة يتلاعب بيت الأسرار بهم ليقنعهم أن العالم الخيالي هو أفضل من عالمهم الواقعي..المحطم،البائس"ما الذي تتحدث عنه؟"قالتها كورديلا التي شعرت فجأه أنها تدافع عن حياتها بأكملها"سان فرانسيسكو مبهرة""حقا؟ حيث كل الناس دائما يحدقون في تليفوناتهم، ويضغطون بأصابعهم؟ أنا أراهم من نوافذ المقاهي..ينقرون بأصابعهم كأنهم مصابين بمرض ما""أنت تبالغ بشدــ""وماذا عن هذه الأماكن التي تسمونها مركز اللياقة؟ كل هؤلاء الناس مرتبطون بأجهزة,يجرون في أماكنهم كفأر تجارب؟ ما المغزي؟""ليبقوا في لياقة وشكل مناسب""إذن لم لا يجتمع بعض الاصدقاء لدورة كرة قدم؟ النقطة هنا هي أن الناس في عالمك يفضلون البقاء وحدهم عن البقاء مع شخص أخر. ولكن هناـ" نزل ويل بالطائرة ورفعها مرة اخري ,فأطلقت كورديلا صرخة رعب "ـ"هنا نحن في مغامرة هذا العيب الرهيب بعالمنا.. كل منا في عالمه في هاتفه...والذي تحدثت عليه من قبل في مقالات أخترنا لك هي ما لعبت روح المؤلف الكابوسي كريستوف التي تطاردهم من خلال رواياته التي يعيشون أهوالهافهم يعيشون في بيته بسان فرانسيسكو، لم يعلموا أن كتب مكتبته بها لعنة تحبسهم بداخل مغامراته المهولةفي الجزء الثاني تستمر المغامرات، تستمر اللعنة والتي بالرغم من انها تبدأ بشكل مختلف هذه المرة الا انها ليست بالقوة التي بدأت بها أحداث الجزء السابقتبدأ بأن الأشقاء الثلاث يقابلهم مشاكل سواء عائلية أو في الدراسة.. وبسبب حدث ما في النادي البوهيمي بسان فرانسسكو بعودة كريستوف له أنفسهم مرة اخري ينتقلون بمنزلهم، منزل الأسرار ، لثلاث عوالم خيالية مختلفة من روايات كريستوف الجهنميةرواية في أجواء الرومان وصراعات المصارعين الوحشية مع وحوش رهيبة، والتي يشرف عليها امبراطور روماني سادي مجنونوآخري في اجواء الحرب العالمية الثانية ، ولكن هنا يقوم النازيون بإستخدام جنود من الروبوت، وحشية مصفحة ضد الموتوقصة ثالثة في اجواء التبت الجليدية القارصة، ومعبد للرهبان البوذيين يواجهه وحوشا خرافيةليجد أصدقائنا الثلاثة ، براندون و اليانور وكورديلا ، وينضم لهم ويل مرة اخري في عوالم كابوسية سجناء بها والخروج منها صار اصعبخاصا عندما يشعرون ان ذلك العالم الخيالي قد يكون افضل من الواقع...ولكن العالم الخيالي سيتحول لكابوسا بحق عندما تبدأ صراعات الوحوش~~~~~~~~~~~للأسف لم يتم استخدام جزء النادي البوهيمي بشكل جيد كما كان متوقعا ان يكون اكبر، فهو بالجزء الاول شعرت أنه سيربط الأحداث التاريخية بالفانتازيا بالأخص تم البناء لفكرة هامة به منذ الجزء الأول -ربما ايضا توقعت ان يكون هناك دورا للماسونية ربما ولكن يبدو أنها تم تأجيلها ربما من المؤلفان لكتاب قادم لا نعلم مصيره بعد- التطور في الشخصيات كان ممتازا واكثر واقعية ونضجا ، وأن كان غريب بالنسبة للتغير في حياة والدهم.. أيضا من الأسئلة المفتوحة حتي الجزء القادم أعجبني جدا بالربع الأول الشعور بروح وحياة الأخوات، المشاكل اليومية التي تواجههم في البيت او المدرسة، الأثارة لشراء طلب من عن طريق الأنترنت ، سخرية زملاء المدرسة من أمور تافهة ، وغيرها الكثيروبالرغم من أن الأنتقال للعوالم الثلاثة لم يكن جديدا ولكن الأحداث به هي التي كانت جديدة ومختلفة عن الجزء الأولعالم الرومان وحلبات الصراع الوحشيعالم الحرب العالمية الثانية -بعد الحرب العالمية الأولي بالجزء الأول- والنازيين الآليينثم عالم التبت ووحوش الجليد والرهبان البوذيينوظل التشويق والاثارة بها ممتدا حتي النهاية.. فكما قالت جي كي رولينج عن الجزء الاول انه كالارجوحة الافعوانية ترفعك وتهبط بك بسرعة في احداث متلاحقة لاهثة مثيرةستظل هكذا حتي النهاية، وهل سيخرج عائلة ووكر من تلك العوالم الكابوسية أم لا، وهل ستنتهي تلك اللعنة اخيرا؟لعنة بيت الأسرار~~~~~~~~~حسنا لكل رواية قيمة ماوأعتقد أنك ستدرك مغزاها بالنهايةحتي وأن كانت كنهايات الأفلام الهوليوودية التقليدية ,ألا أنك ستخرج من أحداث الرواية بشعور جيدان تقبل الواقع بتحدياتهوتواجه تلك التحديات ، اعتبرها وحوشك وواجهها واهزمها ولا تهرب منهاايا كانت تلك الوحوشجليدية، مفترسة، آلية، امبراطور او قائد عسكري فاسد مستبدكلها تحديات ولكن لا مانع من أضافة بعض السحر والخيال من حين لأخركانت أخر قراءة ب2014 لأبطال عشقت مغامراتهم من اخر قراءة معهم في العام الماضيوسأفتقد سحر مغامراتهم لحين معرفة هل سيصدر جزء جديد من بيت الأسرار أم لاDedicated to Ned Vizzini 1981 - 2013محمد العربي من 18 ديسمبر 2014إلي 25 ديسمبر 2014--------------ومن سحر الخيال , للعمل بنصيحة الرواية وقراءة التاريخ والواقع وعدم الهروب منهإلي رحلة لا أعلم بعد عقباها إلي الحرب العالمية الأوليبدون وحوشوأن كنت أري أن بعض البشر وقتها كانوا وحوشا بما فيه الكفايةأولي قراءتي التاريخية وكين فوليت ..ًصراع العمالقة
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  • Clara
    January 1, 1970
    I loved the book. So much emotion and thrilling adventure. Some books aren't as good without some loss but it is fabulous.
  • Rob Slaven
    January 1, 1970
    Firstly and as usual I received this book for free in exchange for a review. Despite that kind consideration I give my scrupulously honest opinions below.To begin, this is a children's book so I judge by different criteria than I would an adult novel. The first point of judgment, and one that has been known to blow a book out of the water by itself, is the presence of inappropriate content for children. I have absolutely no tolerance for sex, drugs and other such topics in kid's books. This book Firstly and as usual I received this book for free in exchange for a review. Despite that kind consideration I give my scrupulously honest opinions below.To begin, this is a children's book so I judge by different criteria than I would an adult novel. The first point of judgment, and one that has been known to blow a book out of the water by itself, is the presence of inappropriate content for children. I have absolutely no tolerance for sex, drugs and other such topics in kid's books. This book is safe on that account though it does have quite a bit of violence. It's nothing profoundly graphic but it will get young readers attention and might arouse a question or two. The second criterion is basically an answer to the question of whether the reader will learn anything or gain anything positive from the book. In this case, the book scores pretty highly. This is a rather broad romp through history and the author isn't afraid to throw out solid historical terms from Roman times through the P-51 mustang. These factoids are woven very skillfully through the narrative in such a way that the little ones might not actually be aware they're learning much of anything. So in this case the book is likely to cause more than a few questions and Wikipedia searches. I'm forty years old and I ended up doing some searches of my own throughout the course of the book so kids will get plenty of new tidbits.Lastly, I ponder whether kids will enjoy the book. Here's where I think the book may have problems. It is a wild and unpredictable ride to be sure but at times it's just utterly preposterous and openly defiant of logic. In general I'm OK with some of that, especially for a book aimed at very young children, but the reading level of this feels like it's more in the 10-13 range and that's the age where children start to question plausibility, when those exclamations of "cool!" started turning into "what?!" instead. To put is simply, I think the kids who can read it won't buy into it and the kids who are young enough to buy into it can't read it.In summary, this is a solid "maybe" in my book. It's great on many points but the last third of the book just wobbles too violently and I think readers will get lost in it. You'll need to be the judge of just how much your kids will tolerate wacky madcap zaniness in their magical adventure novels and make your decision from there.
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  • Kayla Eklund
    January 1, 1970
    If you've been following my reviews for a few years, you know that I absolutely hated the first House of Secrets book. There were very few redeeming qualities in it. At first, I was very iffy about whether I wanted to continue the series or not. When I got a chance to read the second book on Edelweiss, I figured that I didn't have much else to read, so I would give it a try. I'm so glad I did. Battle of the Beasts was a welcome change from the first House of Secrets book. The character's seemed If you've been following my reviews for a few years, you know that I absolutely hated the first House of Secrets book. There were very few redeeming qualities in it. At first, I was very iffy about whether I wanted to continue the series or not. When I got a chance to read the second book on Edelweiss, I figured that I didn't have much else to read, so I would give it a try. I'm so glad I did. Battle of the Beasts was a welcome change from the first House of Secrets book. The character's seemed like they had a lot of character development that the reader didn't get to see between the first and second books. They were more mature, which made reading the book a lot more enjoyable. I didn't want to pull my hair out at some of the things that they did. I also loved that the author brought back some of the minor characters. I wasn't expecting that at all, and it was a pleasant surprise.The plot was action packed. There was never a dull moment. At times, it was so tense that I wanted to jump up and down and tell at the characters that they could survive this, and that's a feeling that I've only ever gotten a few times while reading. It comes with the feeling that you know you're reading a really good book. My favorite scene was the one with the pirates. It was action packed and kept me on the edge of my seat. I had no idea what was going to happen.Battle of the Beasts ends on a surprising cliffhanger. I was not expecting it at all. It should be interesting to see where the story goes from here. I will definitely be reading the final book in the trilogy as soon as it is released. Even though I was hesitant in the beginning, I'm so glad I continued on with this trilogy.
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  • Lara
    January 1, 1970
    This is yet again another brilliant sequel, I loved this book it is even btter then the first one almost certainly, there is so much more to it then you realise. I would really reccomend this to anyone!!!!!!!!
  • Sumbal Saba
    January 1, 1970
    Awesome book!!
  • Thomas
    January 1, 1970
    Følger NØYAKTIG samme oppskrift som forgjengeren; her er det action, og kun action, som driver handlingen framover, og ikke ett eneste kapittel vies til noe annet enn det. Voksenpersonen i meg savnet litt mer substans, litt mer karakterskildringer, men den 12-årige versjonen av meg ville elsket denne like mye som den første, da det var action som måtte til for at jeg skulle lese bøker den gang.Greit tidsfordriv, lettlest, og langt ifra kjedelig. Jeg bare håper andre unge liker den like godt som Følger NØYAKTIG samme oppskrift som forgjengeren; her er det action, og kun action, som driver handlingen framover, og ikke ett eneste kapittel vies til noe annet enn det. Voksenpersonen i meg savnet litt mer substans, litt mer karakterskildringer, men den 12-årige versjonen av meg ville elsket denne like mye som den første, da det var action som måtte til for at jeg skulle lese bøker den gang.Greit tidsfordriv, lettlest, og langt ifra kjedelig. Jeg bare håper andre unge liker den like godt som jeg ville gjort som barn.
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  • Mary Grace Nakao
    January 1, 1970
    For the complete review, please visit this site: Three Blank Pages You could tell by how long I finished this book that I wasn't entirely caught up with it. Basically, if I like a book a lot or love it, I could finish it in a day and review it the next after containing all my feelings for the book. With this one however, it took me 10 days to complete it and another 3 days for me to make the review. And I couldn't even say Im busy! Teehee I am going to split my review into 2: the good and the b For the complete review, please visit this site: Three Blank Pages You could tell by how long I finished this book that I wasn't entirely caught up with it. Basically, if I like a book a lot or love it, I could finish it in a day and review it the next after containing all my feelings for the book. With this one however, it took me 10 days to complete it and another 3 days for me to make the review. And I couldn't even say Im busy! Teehee I am going to split my review into 2: the good and the bad. I suppose I could add the cliched "the ugly" but then it would only be filled with me bitching about a certain character. And after days of having to read her parts, it has gotten a toll on me emotionally so I would rather not dedicate a whole section about her. The Good. Story wise, this book is amazing! It shows a lot of promise when it comes to world building. The story line is interesting enough that the author could stretch this whole series out because there are just a lot of things you could branch into. The second book started out slow, and because of my intense dislike for Eleonor, I was tempted to drop it. Fortunately for me, I swallowed all my hatred and whatever negative feelings I had and braved the book once more. Thank goodness I did just that because this was actually not as bad as how I initially thought it would be. Aside from that, this book is very family-oriented. It shows how important it is to keep your family first, to love them no matter what and the importance of forgiveness and acceptance."We're family. We're supposed to screw up, make each other mad, and then forgive one another."The Bad. There were times when I couldn't differentiate the voices from each other. And to think that most of the time, each of them must have something to say in one setting. Its kind of like reading a script you make in school so each of your group members can participate. I could hardly tell that their group is composed of a 16, 13 and an 8 year old because either one of them desperately tries to act like an adult or do something stupid which would ultimately lead to their demise. Or so I hope. Because out of sheer luck, they always manage to get out of harm's way. Well, that's how most books operate but this is just me dissing on Eleanor. Teehee. I admit that she has her moments like how sensible and logical she is for her age but the next thing you knew, she turns out to be this whiny, Im-too-good-for-this-shit-know-it-all who couldn't keep her mouth shout. Her whining about eating Yak? Its the same as butchering beef and pig for their meat you pretentious little...kid! Stop eating meat altogether and become a vegetarian if it bothers you so much >.> Definitely NOT cute at all. Over-all the book is a good read! Looking back at my written review, there were fairly a lot more good points than the bad but why 3 stars? Aside from my unwavering dislike for Eleanor (how many times have I written this already?? Ahaha), it wasn't gripping enough for me to finish it in a day or two. And that usually means something because if you really find a book great then you would finish it no matter what. Even if you have a million things to do, you would prioritize it. And sadly, I did not feel that way for this book. Hence, the 3 stars. Additional 0.5 stars for the illustrations! Too bad the Arc I received contains some rough draft of the illustrations and there were some missing ones too. I would totally buy the next book for the complete experience. And it also helps that the third one is going to be the last installment :DThank you Megan for HarperCollins for the review copy. Teehee
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  • Dayla
    January 1, 1970
    Review first appeared on my blog: Book Addict 24-7I received a copy via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest reviewBattle of the Beasts is the sequel to the middle grade novel, House of Secrets, written by Chris Columbus and the late Ned Vizzini. Though I entered this book with a few doubts, I ended up liking it a lot more than its predecessor. The action was more fluid and the characters were more realistic (with a few exceptions). I also felt like the pacing was a lot better, making it a much f Review first appeared on my blog: Book Addict 24-7I received a copy via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest reviewBattle of the Beasts is the sequel to the middle grade novel, House of Secrets, written by Chris Columbus and the late Ned Vizzini. Though I entered this book with a few doubts, I ended up liking it a lot more than its predecessor. The action was more fluid and the characters were more realistic (with a few exceptions). I also felt like the pacing was a lot better, making it a much faster read--and if you look at the print edition of this book, it's not a little book. More addicting, more exciting, and more gruesome, Battle of the Beasts serves up an awesome adventure. One of the main issues I had with the previous installment in this series was how immature the narrating felt. I'm one of those readers that reads whatever age group of fiction that I want to, but reading House of Secrets was tough because it felt so young (despite the content). Imagine my surprise when I began reading Battle of the Beasts and seeing a much more mature narrator. I know that some time passed since the last adventure the Walker kids had, but it had only been a few weeks, so I attribute it to a better writing style. I felt like the narrating in this one was more welcoming for an older audience. I also liked the Walkers a lot more this time around. The character growth was a lot greater in this one for the two older children, Cordelia and Bren. I love the idea of this book teaching kids how some of their selfish choices can not only affect the people around them, but also the children themselves. The one character that was slightly disappointing was Eleanor. Other than the fact that the name Eleanor is old-fashioned and often alludes to a person full of wisdom, this character is only eight years-old. A reviewer of the first book stated that it seemed a bit unrealistic that a child with dyslexia could nearly read a full adult novel on her own, and I have to agree. In the short time between the first book and the second book, Eleanor has become a much better reader and though this is a fantastic boost of self-esteem for other children in similar situations when it comes to reading, it's also unrealistic. Plus, there were instances where she acted like a mini adult in Battle of the Beasts, but then regressed to acting like a child again. This discontinuity made Eleanor a bit intolerable at times. If it weren’t for the gore and slightly disturbing cinematic moments, this could almost be read as a hallmark movie book adaptation. Especially when the children share their love and teach each other life lessons through mistakes and dangerous situations. I would recommend this one to kids who are on the cusp of teenage-hood. The descriptions and situations in this installment are a lot darker than the first novel, making it a bit too old for the 9-12 age group. If you like adventure, quirky characters, and a story that doesn't revolve around romance, then you'll enjoy this one!
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  • ♠️ Tabi = 타삐 ♠️
    January 1, 1970
    This sequel follows the crazy, fast-paced, twist-filled plot of the first book...only a little more. The Walker siblings survived being stuck in Denver Kristoff's novels once, but now they're going to have to do it again. And this time, there's more at stake then just getting home - they're going to have to try and stick together as well, which is harder than it seems.I loved this book just as much as I loved the first. Again, it is written in an omnipotent voice that bounces between characters This sequel follows the crazy, fast-paced, twist-filled plot of the first book...only a little more. The Walker siblings survived being stuck in Denver Kristoff's novels once, but now they're going to have to do it again. And this time, there's more at stake then just getting home - they're going to have to try and stick together as well, which is harder than it seems.I loved this book just as much as I loved the first. Again, it is written in an omnipotent voice that bounces between characters pretty frequently, but it at least it isn't confusing. You always know whose head you're in. And as far as the writing, as fresh and action-packed as always.As far as the characters, they're still awesome: Brendan with his snappy wisecracks, Eleanor with her honesty and courage no matter what is happening, Cordelia with her book-knowledge and wits, and Will with his British charm, derring-do attitude, and humor. But there are also a few new characters thrown in: the monks from any part of the world who battle frost creatures, Nazi cyborgs (yes, you heard that right), a crazy Roman emperor, and Felix, the Greek gladiator who kinda ended up getting married to Cordelia (spoiler, whoops).I read this book in little under three hours. I laughed quite a few times, was surprised at some points, and then shouted "Whaaat??? no!!!!" at several parts as well. Let's just say that I'm hoping there will be a third book soon, because there needs to be. Please. This series can't end like this!
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  • Книжни Криле
    January 1, 1970
    След като вече прочетохме с голям интерес и отразихме първата книга от трилогията, идва ред и на „Къщата на тайните: Битката на зверовете”! Режисьорът и сценарист Крис Кълъмбъс в ново амплоа, този път се изявява като писател на детско фентъзи, а компания му прави неговият съавтор Нед Везини. След като в предния том от трилогията сестрите Кордилия и Елинор Уокър и брат им Брендан се оказаха хванати в капана на смъртоносното въображение на окултния писател Денвър Кристоф, сега тяхното шеметно пъте След като вече прочетохме с голям интерес и отразихме първата книга от трилогията, идва ред и на „Къщата на тайните: Битката на зверовете”! Режисьорът и сценарист Крис Кълъмбъс в ново амплоа, този път се изявява като писател на детско фентъзи, а компания му прави неговият съавтор Нед Везини. След като в предния том от трилогията сестрите Кордилия и Елинор Уокър и брат им Брендан се оказаха хванати в капана на смъртоносното въображение на окултния писател Денвър Кристоф, сега тяхното шеметно пътешествие през света на книгите продължава с пълна пара. Прочетете ревюто на "Книжни Криле":https://knijnikrile.wordpress.com/201...
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    Disclaimer - I won this book before it was published!This book was better than the first! The adventures in this book were more adventurous and seemed to mesh very well together. I'm glad at the outcome but I'm curious to see how Fat Jagger gets out of this new sticky situation he has gotten himself in - can the Walkers save him? Also I wonder if Felix and Will, will return in the 3rd book because I think Will plays a major role in the Walker life but I'm not sure if Felix should return but I'm Disclaimer - I won this book before it was published!This book was better than the first! The adventures in this book were more adventurous and seemed to mesh very well together. I'm glad at the outcome but I'm curious to see how Fat Jagger gets out of this new sticky situation he has gotten himself in - can the Walkers save him? Also I wonder if Felix and Will, will return in the 3rd book because I think Will plays a major role in the Walker life but I'm not sure if Felix should return but I'm sure he will have to because of what happened between Cordelia and him - plus we have to know what happens to him!I also hope that the next book covers more of how this book ended. It didnt really explain what happened and why. I guess I will just have to wait!
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  • Truly
    January 1, 1970
    http://trulyrudiono.blogspot.com/2015...Bagian favorit saya:Sebuah rak buku.Benda itu mirip rak kayu apung yang mereka lihat di petualangan terdahulu. Rak itu benar-benar berada di bawah permukaan air kolam. Dan di setiap raknya, terlihat jelas meski berada dalam air, berjejer lusinan manuskrip. Sebuah rak penuh buku berada di bawah air tanpa merusak buku! OK saya mau pesan satu zat atau mantera apalah yang bisa membuat koleksi saya menjadi seperti itu. Lumayan, menghemat tempat penyimpanan.
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  • Kari
    January 1, 1970
    I didn't read book one, so I was a little lost at times, but not so much as to distract from the story line. The a Walker children are running from the Wind Witch and find themselves transported to another of Denver Kristoff's books, landing in the middle of the roman Collesium. After defeating the lions by magic, the Emperor thinks Bren is the highest warrior. Adventures also include a trip to a cold mountain top where the kids battle the frost beasts. The adventures divide them, but in the end I didn't read book one, so I was a little lost at times, but not so much as to distract from the story line. The a Walker children are running from the Wind Witch and find themselves transported to another of Denver Kristoff's books, landing in the middle of the roman Collesium. After defeating the lions by magic, the Emperor thinks Bren is the highest warrior. Adventures also include a trip to a cold mountain top where the kids battle the frost beasts. The adventures divide them, but in the end, they realize that family binds them together.
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  • Fernanda
    January 1, 1970
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  • Cece
    January 1, 1970
    Awesome!!
  • Anna van Hemert
    January 1, 1970
    It is awesome. Even though I am still reading the first book
  • Mark Buxton
    January 1, 1970
    My name is Eleanor, and I should have made a better wish to get rid of Dahlia forever. Once again, Kristoff House has deposited us into another book, actually a combination of three different books, and the Wind Witch is still tormenting us. We're stuck in ancient Rome where Nazi robot soldiers have attacked the emperor's citizens. Brendan is enjoying his new post as the emperor's general, and he actually wants to stay in this world! It looks like we may also be stuck here after I destroyed The My name is Eleanor, and I should have made a better wish to get rid of Dahlia forever. Once again, Kristoff House has deposited us into another book, actually a combination of three different books, and the Wind Witch is still tormenting us. We're stuck in ancient Rome where Nazi robot soldiers have attacked the emperor's citizens. Brendan is enjoying his new post as the emperor's general, and he actually wants to stay in this world! It looks like we may also be stuck here after I destroyed The Book of Doom and Despair. However, there may be a way for us to return to San Francisco. We now find ourselves in the frigid, snowy German mountains with peaceful monks, surrounded by ferocious frost beasts. We'll probably be killed if we fight the monsters, but we'll be sacrificed to them if we don't. Fighting may be worth the risk, because the monks believe we may find the Door of Ways inside the beasts' cave and will be able to return home.You should probably read the first book in the series before this one. It establishes the ground rules for the books and describes the ongoing conflict with Kristoff and his daughter. The most intriguing aspect of Battle of Beasts is the mixture of characters from different Kristoff books. We have the three kids and a WW I pilot from the first book joining a Roman gladiator to fight monsters, robot Nazis, and the Roman soldiers. The setting is a mixture of two Kristoff books, but the kids aren't sure about the third one. This third book offers the unexpected possibilities. The authors adds some tweaks to the characters. Cordelia had a crush on Will, the WW I pilot, in book one, but the Roman gladiator complicates things. Brendan's insecurities make it easy for him to be influenced by his new-found fame in ancient Rome. Predictably, the fame does not grow in the ways he expected, so a new conflict is created. Eleanor is the youngest sibling, but she takes a leading role in saving the day. She's the one responsible for using the magic book this time, although it's destruction complicates matters. A diary from Kristoff's wife is found, but the author doesn't reveal its contents until near the end. The secret was very unexpected, but its impact remains to be seen.
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  • Michael Schwartz
    January 1, 1970
    The first book in the House of Secrets series ended with high hopes for the Walker family, but as this one begins, it shows that their adventures and troubles have just began. After using the book of Doom and Desire to make her family rich and banish the Wind Witch, Eleanor soon realizes that while the family having so much money was great, it wasn't meant to last. Brendan is having bully troubles, Cordelia is suffering from what she believes to be some after effect from their last adventure, an The first book in the House of Secrets series ended with high hopes for the Walker family, but as this one begins, it shows that their adventures and troubles have just began. After using the book of Doom and Desire to make her family rich and banish the Wind Witch, Eleanor soon realizes that while the family having so much money was great, it wasn't meant to last. Brendan is having bully troubles, Cordelia is suffering from what she believes to be some after effect from their last adventure, and Eleanor misses her old life back at her own school. Things only get crazier when the Storm King, the Wind Witch's father, starts putting into motion a way to bring his daughter back. A way, that eventually sends the Walker siblings into three more of his combined books. Just like with the last book, Battle of the Beasts introduces new characters while continuing the development of a few such as Will the British pilot. While the locations aren't explored as in depth as the previous worlds, the events and choices of the siblings shape them to make up for it. I can't say I was as surprised as often, but I will say that the near ending events will surprise many readers. The ending ends in a way that reminds me of a theme another book series had called the Land of Stories. If you like this series, I would recommend that series as well. Overall, the middle book was good. If anything, I look forward to reading the climatic ending to the House of Secrets.
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  • Neneng Lestari
    January 1, 1970
    Setelah petualangan pertama, anak-anak Walker berubah menjadi kaya raya. Mereka menyangka kehidupan akan berubah pula, nyatanya kehidupan mereka makin tidak terkendali. Ayahnya berjudi, anak-anak Walker saling tertutup dan mereka tidak pernah terbiasa dengan kehidupan yang serba mewah seperti itu. Sampai ketika, Chordelia mengalami keanehan. Giginya satu persatu tanggal dan tubuhnya mendingin lebih dingin daripada es. Dan mereka sadar, petualangan belum berakhir.Di buku #1 udah dibuat terpukau s Setelah petualangan pertama, anak-anak Walker berubah menjadi kaya raya. Mereka menyangka kehidupan akan berubah pula, nyatanya kehidupan mereka makin tidak terkendali. Ayahnya berjudi, anak-anak Walker saling tertutup dan mereka tidak pernah terbiasa dengan kehidupan yang serba mewah seperti itu. Sampai ketika, Chordelia mengalami keanehan. Giginya satu persatu tanggal dan tubuhnya mendingin lebih dingin daripada es. Dan mereka sadar, petualangan belum berakhir.Di buku #1 udah dibuat terpukau sama petualangan heboh anak-anak Walker. Di buku #2 jelas penulis nggak kehabisan ide. Dari satu masalah, muncul masalah lain dan semuanya terhubung untuk mencari satu solusi, yaitu jalan keluar. Terdampar di roma lalu di datangi Nazi dan akhirnya melawan monsters salju.Walaupun novel anak-anak, ketegangan yang ditampilkan jelas bukan level anak-anak. Setiap tindak tanduk anak-anak Walker tidak bisa diduga. Pilihan-pilihan mereka kadang terkesan egois memikirkan diri sendiri, tapi akhirnya mereka kembali belajar, bahwa keluarga tetaplah satu.Dan yah, dari endingnya ketahuan kalau bakal ada buku ke #3Secara keseluruhan, novel fantasi anak-anak ini wajib jadi bacaan, atau koleksi buat pembaca dewasa.
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  • Ray Kasai
    January 1, 1970
    I would recommend this book to anyone. This book is ok for all ages, genders, and is a worthy read no matter what. this book tells you about the importance of family, and how important it is to savor them and to embrace them. I would say this book was even better than the first series, and I am very interested to read the third book of the series. So much emotion and thrilling adventure. Some books aren't as good without some loss but this book was absolutely fabulous. this book helped me improv I would recommend this book to anyone. This book is ok for all ages, genders, and is a worthy read no matter what. this book tells you about the importance of family, and how important it is to savor them and to embrace them. I would say this book was even better than the first series, and I am very interested to read the third book of the series. So much emotion and thrilling adventure. Some books aren't as good without some loss but this book was absolutely fabulous. this book helped me improve in many ways, it changed the way I look at my family, changing perspective, and to savor the present. When they go into the past, they see the problems of that time. These three siblings on their own, it was interesting to read what would happen next and the problems that they faced. #HISReads#Book-a-Week
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  • Azmylle H
    January 1, 1970
    A little bit of redundant plot twist in comparison to the previous book. Just a little bit too similar. I was quite disappointed.Then Brendon's issue with his arrogance >>> ended up leaving the crew behindthen the merged of 3 worlds >>> which the last world conveniently has the exit doorthe battles >>> unique but not so much, the magic was there but I was expecting more.But the way the authors ended the book is just nice for them to have excuses for writing the last pa A little bit of redundant plot twist in comparison to the previous book. Just a little bit too similar. I was quite disappointed.Then Brendon's issue with his arrogance >>> ended up leaving the crew behindthen the merged of 3 worlds >>> which the last world conveniently has the exit doorthe battles >>> unique but not so much, the magic was there but I was expecting more.But the way the authors ended the book is just nice for them to have excuses for writing the last part of this trilogy >>> which I don't think I'm going to read it anyway.All in all, its just a mehhh book to me.
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  • Marlana
    January 1, 1970
    The writing is better than in the previous book, but there are still lots of problems. Cordelia, Brendan, and Eleanor do not talk or react as children would and there seems to be inconsistencies in their characterizations. Some traits are consistent, but others seemingly change at will.There was an attempt at a plot twist, I think, but I really care so little about these characters that it had no effect on me.I will finish the trilogy, but wouldn't read anything else by this author.Three stars m The writing is better than in the previous book, but there are still lots of problems. Cordelia, Brendan, and Eleanor do not talk or react as children would and there seems to be inconsistencies in their characterizations. Some traits are consistent, but others seemingly change at will.There was an attempt at a plot twist, I think, but I really care so little about these characters that it had no effect on me.I will finish the trilogy, but wouldn't read anything else by this author.Three stars mainly because I reserve two stars for books where the writing is just awful. This is passable, but barely.
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  • Lucy Brown
    January 1, 1970
    I really liked this book, I really loved the first book and this was really good. This book is about three kids who get sucked up into a fantasy world. Elenor, Cordelia, and Brendon meet new people and make new friends along the way. They try to get back home to San Francisco and fight off the wind witch, who is the person who put them there. These three kids will learn friendship, bravery, and have a great adventure. This book is filled with action and cliffhangers. I would definitly recommend I really liked this book, I really loved the first book and this was really good. This book is about three kids who get sucked up into a fantasy world. Elenor, Cordelia, and Brendon meet new people and make new friends along the way. They try to get back home to San Francisco and fight off the wind witch, who is the person who put them there. These three kids will learn friendship, bravery, and have a great adventure. This book is filled with action and cliffhangers. I would definitly recommend this book to people who love books filled with action and adventure.
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  • Shell Hunt
    January 1, 1970
    I don't really know how review middle grade fiction. This was the second book in the series recommended by my 11 year old nephew. Is there anything bad to be said for fantastical adventures with three kids? Battle of the Beasts follows the Walker kids on yet another adventure after discovering the Wind Witch is not completely gone and has been hanging out Very close. The Kristoff house ventures into three more books and the kids have to find a different way out of the fantasy. Loved it. This ser I don't really know how review middle grade fiction. This was the second book in the series recommended by my 11 year old nephew. Is there anything bad to be said for fantastical adventures with three kids? Battle of the Beasts follows the Walker kids on yet another adventure after discovering the Wind Witch is not completely gone and has been hanging out Very close. The Kristoff house ventures into three more books and the kids have to find a different way out of the fantasy. Loved it. This series is so much fun.
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  • e m i
    January 1, 1970
    I loved reading the first and second book. Reading the story made me feel like I was there with the Walker kids. I loved the writing. A lot of it made me laugh. I love the idea of travelling in books and I wish I could so in real life. This series is definitely somewhere in my Top 20 fav series. If you are wondering wether you should read it or not, I'm going to tell you to go for it and read.I need to get my hands on the next book asap.
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  • Molly
    January 1, 1970
    The first book of the House of the Secret was fantastic and I think this book is just as great. I liked this book a lot. I love how action-packed it is. The father of the Wind Witch got some real issues. I mean it is his kid but she’s crazy and wanted to take over the world with her father. Which I say is wack. The characters were cool and brave. I think the theme in my opinion should be, if you are gonna get rid of someone, do it right the first time.
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  • Muna
    January 1, 1970
    SO I absolutely loved loved loved this book, as I did the one before it. At first, it was kinda slow and I didn't like where it was going, BUT then everything was cleared up and I loved it again! I'm really emotional now knowing that there's only one book left of this AMAZING trilogy!!!! EVERYONE SHOULD READ THIS!!
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  • NOd
    January 1, 1970
    I'd give this book a 4.5 but I couldn't so I rated it 5 stars. This book is very fun and intense and has a loot of cliff hangers (Especially the end of the chapters). The book is also sometimes very funny and sad but the book still has a happy ending which helps cheer up from the sad moments. The book has a lot of twists and is a very inspirational book if you are going to publish a book.
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  • Kay
    January 1, 1970
    The second book in this series really shows Chris Columbus' talent as a movie maker, since all the dialogue and descriptions are very cinematic. Eleanor, Cordelia, and Brandon all shine (and fail) separately, showing their growth as individuals, and the ending provides some closure, yet still sets up the third story for those of us who want to read on (which I am doing now, LOL).
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