Dead Voices (Small Spaces #2)
Bestselling author Katherine Arden returns with another creepy, spine-tingling adventure in this follow-up to the critically acclaimed Small Spaces.Having survived sinister scarecrows and the malevolent smiling man in Small Spaces, newly minted best friends Ollie, Coco, and Brian are ready to spend a relaxing winter break skiing together with their parents at Mount Hemlock Resort. But when a snowstorm sets in, causing the power to flicker out and the cold to creep closer and closer, the three are forced to settle for hot chocolate and board games by the fire.Ollie, Coco, and Brian are determined to make the best of being snowed in, but odd things keep happening. Coco is convinced she has seen a ghost, and Ollie is having nightmares about frostbitten girls pleading for help. Then Mr. Voland, a mysterious ghost hunter, arrives in the midst of the storm to investigate the hauntings at Hemlock Lodge. Ollie, Coco, and Brian want to trust him, but Ollie's watch, which once saved them from the smiling man, has a new cautionary message: BEWARE.With Mr. Voland's help, Ollie, Coco, and Brian reach out to the dead voices at Mount Hemlock. Maybe the ghosts need their help--or maybe not all ghosts can or should be trusted.Dead Voices is a terrifying follow-up to Small Spaces with thrills and chills galore and the captive foreboding of a classic ghost story.

Dead Voices (Small Spaces #2) Details

TitleDead Voices (Small Spaces #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 27th, 2019
PublisherG.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
ISBN-139780593106495
Rating
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Horror, Fantasy, Mystery

Dead Voices (Small Spaces #2) Review

  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided by Penguin in exchange for an honest review.1.) Small Spaces ★★★★★I don't have words, only tears. Also... this comes out on my birthday? The blessings. Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Youtube | Twitch
  • Katerina Kondrenko
    January 1, 1970
    9 out of 10 That was even better than the first book! Creepy as hell. Didn't like a certain twist, 'cause I expected this installment to be more independent and self-developed, but this detail didn't spoil my fun after all. Love Arden's writing style, btw.
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  • Hollis
    January 1, 1970
    Well hello, I’m delightfully creeped out right now.DEAD VOICES reunites us with the trio from SMALL SPACES, Arden’s first in this middle grade fantasy and paranormal horror mystery series. They survived the creepy scarecrows and fall-themed maze, they survived the Smiling Man, and now they are off to vacation at a ski resort during the holidays. But the vacation ends up being less hot chocolates and fun in the snow and more snowstorms and failing heat, hauntings and danger.Since October, none of Well hello, I’m delightfully creeped out right now.DEAD VOICES reunites us with the trio from SMALL SPACES, Arden’s first in this middle grade fantasy and paranormal horror mystery series. They survived the creepy scarecrows and fall-themed maze, they survived the Smiling Man, and now they are off to vacation at a ski resort during the holidays. But the vacation ends up being less hot chocolates and fun in the snow and more snowstorms and failing heat, hauntings and danger.Since October, none of them had liked being alone in the dark. It wasn’t that they were afraid, exactly. But they had learned that bad things could happen to you. At night. Alone. In the dark.Arden is no stranger to weaving magic with her words and creating a biting, brutal, and unforgiving atmosphere. The Winternight Trilogy still makes me cold to think of it (amongst other things!) and she brings that same talent to this instalment. What I think is actually the coolest (hah) part of this series is each book is set during a season; fall for SMALL SPACES and now winter for DEAD VOICES. It’s wonderfully creative. But onto this story itself.The Ouija board was like the worst text messenger ever, Coco thought in annoyance.If your imagination is overactive during the night, seeing shapes move in shadow and darkness, if you hear voices in the whisper of the wind, feel someone move behind you as your skin breaks into goosebumps, but there’s no one there.. you’ll probably hate this story. In the best way! Because this book really was eerie, really was creepy, and the ghoulish fear of spirits and the unforgiving violence of the cold is right in your face. Sometimes literally.Beyond the characters and the seasons, there is connection between book one and two and I was not totally expecting it. But we also see some non-fantastical growth, too, and it was lovely to be back with this trio — and Ollie’s dad, too. Shoutout to awesome parents in fiction! I am definitely hoping that Brian will be getting some time front and centre with the upcoming instalment and, based on how this one went, giving Coco some of the focus in addition to Ollie, I would be surprised if that wasn’t the plan anyway. Can’t wait for more from this world and this author.** I received an ARC from the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. **---This review can also be found at A Take From Two Cities.
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  • andrea caro
    January 1, 1970
    God, I love this series. RTC.
  • kath | novelandfolk
    January 1, 1970
    Favourite author, favourite middle grade series, favourite misfit kids battling v. spooky things. I am READY. ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
  • Samantha
    January 1, 1970
    This paled in comparison to its brilliant predecessor, Small Spaces, but it’s still a cute and entertaining story. I had very high expectations for Dead Voices because I LOVED Small Spaces, but where that was richly atmospheric and unique, this felt thin and typical of its genre. Atmosphere is what Katherine Arden does best, and while there’s more of that here than in your typical middle grade book, the spooky, hauntingly magical feel of Small Spaces and The Bear and the Nightengale trilogy is a This paled in comparison to its brilliant predecessor, Small Spaces, but it’s still a cute and entertaining story. I had very high expectations for Dead Voices because I LOVED Small Spaces, but where that was richly atmospheric and unique, this felt thin and typical of its genre. Atmosphere is what Katherine Arden does best, and while there’s more of that here than in your typical middle grade book, the spooky, hauntingly magical feel of Small Spaces and The Bear and the Nightengale trilogy is absent here. Some of this is just personal preference on setting (give me small town Halloween any day over a ski lodge), but this premise could have worked better than it did had the tone been similar to the first book. Additionally, the villains came off as VERY stilted and cartoonish in this one, despite having a common thread with the well drawn, menacing scarecrows from Small Spaces. I’m always happy to try anything Arden writes, but I hope to see a return to form in the third book in this series. *I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.*
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  • Eileen
    January 1, 1970
    I really loved this one! In this second installment (I believe there will be 4), Olivia, Coco and Brian have to escape from the clutches of (no spoilers) some evil people, but this time, they are stranded in a haunted ski lodge in the middle of a snow storm with very little power (weak generators). In some ways, it wasn't quite as creepy as the first one, but I think that's partly because I knew what to expect. Although the thought of all the dead animals was pretty creepy for me. WHY do people I really loved this one! In this second installment (I believe there will be 4), Olivia, Coco and Brian have to escape from the clutches of (no spoilers) some evil people, but this time, they are stranded in a haunted ski lodge in the middle of a snow storm with very little power (weak generators). In some ways, it wasn't quite as creepy as the first one, but I think that's partly because I knew what to expect. Although the thought of all the dead animals was pretty creepy for me. WHY do people insist on having taxidermy animals around the house?! What I liked more about this book was that the perspective switched between Coco and Olivia, and you were able to find out more about what they were thinking. I also liked that we got a little bit of Olivia's dad and Coco's mom. I'm hoping the next book will feature more of Brian.Special thanks to Katherine Arden, NetGalley, and the publishers for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Rae
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Penguin Random House for the always welcome opportunity to read and review this ARC and for the chance to be a part of the spooky Blog Tour for Dead Voices! That being said, Please go check out my Blog Tour post for this spooky book on 8/28. You can find the post on the blog vicariouslyvoraciously.com , thanks in advance to all those who check it out!_____________________________I have been a fan of Katherine Arden ever since I read The Bear and the Nightingale and fell in love with Thank you to Penguin Random House for the always welcome opportunity to read and review this ARC and for the chance to be a part of the spooky Blog Tour for Dead Voices! That being said, Please go check out my Blog Tour post for this spooky book on 8/28. You can find the post on the blog vicariouslyvoraciously.com , thanks in advance to all those who check it out!_____________________________I have been a fan of Katherine Arden ever since I read The Bear and the Nightingale and fell in love with her magical way of writing. I actually hadn't heard of this amazingly creepy middle grade horror series until I was asked to join in on the blog tour. I of course said yes as soon as I saw that it was written by Arden, and promptly bought the first book on Kindle only to devour it in one day's time because it was so addinctly and scarily good that I couldn't put it down!! Small Spaces was exactly as it says on the front, terrifying and fun! This being said by our beloved Goosebumps author, R.L. Stine had me convinced right away that I would love these books. And sure enough I couldn't get enough, and then on top of that having the opportunity to jump right into Dead Voices as soon as I finished book one was like the cherry on top. I was so excited to get back into this spooky world and see where the adventures of these wonderful characters would take me next.These books are amazing and highly addicting. I can see these being perfect for fans of Goosebumps by R.L. Stine, City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab, and even a little bit of The Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snickett. They have all the feels of the spooky and macabre, as well as a great group of characters who stick together at all odds to overcome their fears and get safely out of the danger that they always tend to find themselves in. Hope you all love this as much as I did, I can't wait for book three!!!
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  • Sami
    January 1, 1970
    Another creeptastic middle grade novel from Katherine Arden! Dead Voices takes our clever crew to a haunted ski resort and face-to-face with new enemies and old enemies alike. Ollie, Coco, and Brian's friendship is every bit as layered and complex as a real friend group, and the added mystery of Ollie's watch keeps the story going. This is easily becoming my favorite mystery series and I can't wait for what comes next.
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  • Emily G
    January 1, 1970
    I got to hear Katherine talk about this book when she was in Toronto last fall and it sounds AWESOME. can't wait!
  • Dwan Dawson-Tape
    January 1, 1970
    Katherine Arden tells a great spooky story, one that remembers the personhood of her characters, no matter their age. Genuinely scary without being too scary or leaving her characters agentless against the dark and terrifying. I look forward to the next in the series!
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  • Jackie ϟ Bookseller
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Even better than the first one! Review to come.
  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    I read Small Spaces and *loved* it - so I was really excited to see Dead Voices and to get back into that world again. This time, we find Ollie, Coco, and Brian headed up to a ski resort for a weekend of skiing with Ollie's dad and Coco's mom. They hit a snow storm on the way up, and end up snowed in at the resort. And while they've been happy to put the past behind them, they don't realize that maybe the past has not put THEM behind *it*.This time, the main perspective (though as before, all th I read Small Spaces and *loved* it - so I was really excited to see Dead Voices and to get back into that world again. This time, we find Ollie, Coco, and Brian headed up to a ski resort for a weekend of skiing with Ollie's dad and Coco's mom. They hit a snow storm on the way up, and end up snowed in at the resort. And while they've been happy to put the past behind them, they don't realize that maybe the past has not put THEM behind *it*.This time, the main perspective (though as before, all the kids play a part) is Coco's. Book one was mostly Ollie - so I'm guessing there will be at least a book three, and Brian will be the main voice there. Coco is small for her age, with bright pink hair, is often underestimated, and often underestimates *herself*. When Ollie fails to listen to the warnings, it's up to Coco to step in. I really enjoyed Dead Voices - it's fun and scary without being terrifying, and the characters are great. I look forward to more from the Small Spaces series!
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  • Kathie
    January 1, 1970
    A great scary sequel to SMALL SPACES!
  • Mugdha
    January 1, 1970
    Small spaces part 2 count me in
  • Heather
    January 1, 1970
    I got an ARC of this book at a conference. I enjoy this middle grade series. It reminds me of liking to read horror books at that age by RL Stine and Christopher Pike. It was a very fun read.
  • Abby Johnson
    January 1, 1970
    AHHH I LOVED SMALL SPACES AND THIS ONE IS JUST AS GOOD. I definitely think this sequel stands alone enough to be read separately (although I do not know why you would deny yourself the experience of reading Small Spaces). It takes place after the events in Small Spaces as new best friends Ollie, Coco, and Brian head to a remote ski lodge for winter break in the middle of a devastating snow storm. When they get there, they start having nightmares (not unusual for them, tbh), hearing strange thing AHHH I LOVED SMALL SPACES AND THIS ONE IS JUST AS GOOD. I definitely think this sequel stands alone enough to be read separately (although I do not know why you would deny yourself the experience of reading Small Spaces). It takes place after the events in Small Spaces as new best friends Ollie, Coco, and Brian head to a remote ski lodge for winter break in the middle of a devastating snow storm. When they get there, they start having nightmares (not unusual for them, tbh), hearing strange things, the power goes out, the cold's closing in, they're trapped up there and must deal with the ghost of the terrifying Mrs. Hemlock and the children she abused when the lodge building was a creepy orphanage. This book has, like, every scary story trope and it uses them to full effect and I mean that in the best way possible. Every few pages, I had to put the book down to tell my husband about the next creepy thing that was happening. Highly recommend for fans of SMALL SPACES and other scary stories. Please let there be a third so it can be a trilogy.
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  • Ms. Yingling
    January 1, 1970
    E ARC provided by Edelweiss PlusCoco, Ollie and Brian are glad to be going skiing with Coco's mom and Ollie's dad, who has won a trip to a new ski resort called Mount Hemlock in Vermont. The weather is horrible, and the car trip is difficult because of all the snow on the roads. At one point, Coco thinks she sees a man in the middle or the road, but no one else does. When they finally arrive, the owners, Sam and Sue Wilson, tell them that the power and the generator are out, but they have some t E ARC provided by Edelweiss PlusCoco, Ollie and Brian are glad to be going skiing with Coco's mom and Ollie's dad, who has won a trip to a new ski resort called Mount Hemlock in Vermont. The weather is horrible, and the car trip is difficult because of all the snow on the roads. At one point, Coco thinks she sees a man in the middle or the road, but no one else does. When they finally arrive, the owners, Sam and Sue Wilson, tell them that the power and the generator are out, but they have some things that are powered on propane. It's still somewhat of an adventure, and Ollie's dad pitches in to cook. The next morning at breakfast, a brash young reporter for a ghost hunting magazine, Mr. Voland, breezes in, wolfs down pancakes, and proceeds to tell the Wilsons that having a haunted hotel is a good business move. Mount Hemlock has a good chance of being haunted, given its history as an orphanage where at least one girl died because of the woman who ran the place, who then killed herself out of remorse. There was also a skiier who disappeared in the area a couple of years previously, and Coco knows that this is much too much like the bus trip to the farm in Small Spaces. Sure enough, there are some clever twists, and soon Ollie is trapped behind a mirror, in an alternate world with the orphans and Mother Hemlock, and Coco and Brian have to fight forces of evil to get her back. The thing with the forces of evil is that they don't play fair, and Coco has to use all of her wiles and resources in order to save her friend. Strengths: I think the reason that Small Spaces has been so successful in my library is that the ghosts/spirits of evil really do want to kill the children! This continues, with the forces being angry they were thwarted the first time-- there's a nice twist I did NOT see coming and I don't want to spoil. The kids work well together, and there are all sorts of good details, like a ouija board and a chess games (Darren Shan's Demonata, anyone?) where they have to really think and plan in order to outwit their opponents. I am always a sucker for a book where people are snowed in, and that it is a ski lodge with creepy taxidermied animals that see to move... *shiver*.Weaknesses: At some point about 3/4 through the book, I got kind of confused about how Coco thought she was going to get Ollie out, but I quickly got back to speed. I wish that Brian had played a larger roll, but I imagine he will get his chance in the next book, since Ollie was the main character in the first book. What I really think: Definitely purchasing! I just wish I had read it in the winter instead of the summer!
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  • Erised Moon
    January 1, 1970
    Ooh, creepy af. This book is definitely scarier than the first book, although in a more traditional sense? I do feel the first book slightly trumps in complexity and originality. That said, another great installment! Can't wait for the third one.Pros I noticed:- I like how we follow more of Coco's POV in this book. - Interesting development between the parents... :)- This series doesn't rely on just the creep factor, but also the emotional one. We're constantly learning about these characters an Ooh, creepy af. This book is definitely scarier than the first book, although in a more traditional sense? I do feel the first book slightly trumps in complexity and originality. That said, another great installment! Can't wait for the third one.Pros I noticed:- I like how we follow more of Coco's POV in this book. - Interesting development between the parents... :)- This series doesn't rely on just the creep factor, but also the emotional one. We're constantly learning about these characters and their inner conflicts through the scary plot, and I think that's what a good horror story should do.Things that could've been improved? Not much. - I don't have complaints tbh, but I would say that Brian's character was left on the wayside in this installment. I have a feeling he'll be the protagonist in the next one though, so no gripes there.- Also if I'm going to nitpick, I feel like the first book is more multi-faceted. Ollie's grief about her mother, school problems, the farm trip, the journey through the woods and maze, friendship building, the brothers backstory, etc. This book on the other hand is very zoned in on just the ghost story (which could've had better twists imo), but that could be a pro or a con depending on how you look at it.- Lastly, the parents' relationship could've been shown more at the beginning and end. It felt like it came out of nowhere, and the book could've added another chapter at the end to show Ollie perhaps coming to terms with it? Just to bring her emotional arc full circle. Bottom line, this book feels more like a Goosebumps installment due to its simplicity relative to the first one, but it's a blast regardless, a very creepy read. Loved the new POVs and emotional conflicts, and it's a solid notch in the series. Loving the seasonal themes btw!
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  • Evan Johnson
    January 1, 1970
    I had the pleasure of reading the latest installment of Katherine Arden's Small Spaces series as an ARC. After enjoying the first book set in autumn Vermont, I was excited that she'd chosen to not only keep the setting in the Green Mountain State, but also follow the cycle of seasons with a dilapidated ski resort at the end of long road as the site for the next adventure.On a ski trip to the newly opened Mount Hemlock Ski Area, a nor'easter buries the region, leaving main character Ollie, her fa I had the pleasure of reading the latest installment of Katherine Arden's Small Spaces series as an ARC. After enjoying the first book set in autumn Vermont, I was excited that she'd chosen to not only keep the setting in the Green Mountain State, but also follow the cycle of seasons with a dilapidated ski resort at the end of long road as the site for the next adventure.On a ski trip to the newly opened Mount Hemlock Ski Area, a nor'easter buries the region, leaving main character Ollie, her father, and a few of her closest friends stranded without power in a rambling and slightly creepy ski lodge (think Overlook Hotel). Things are not what they seem and what follows is a thrilling race against evil forces (some new, some readers will recognize) to uncover the secrets of Mount Hemlock. Arden masterfully and methodically ratchets up the tension with each page. There's enough creepy bits to make readers jump, or considering the wintertime setting, put on a sweater. Arden's characters are hugely appealing and their relationship is unlike anything I have found in another middle grade/young adult book and I think this is where this story (and maybe this series) truly shines. Dead Voices is a story about powerful love. It's about how love for family or friend can drive or compel. But is their friendship strong enough to confront their raging blizzards outside and the mysterious forces that prowl the halls? They're certainly up to the challenge and I utterly adored them. Those who have enjoyed the Winternight trilogy will be happy to dive into another series from this promising and talented novelist.
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  • Kidlitter
    January 1, 1970
    A DRC was provided by Edelweiss in exchange for a fair and honest review.Remember what Seth said to Ollie in Small Spaces? “Wherever you go in this big, gorgeous, hideous world, there is a ghost story waiting for you.” Well, Katherine Arden has brought us another great - and I mean GREAT - ghost story in this second book in the Small Spaces series. No spoilers here but this middle grade horror book will chill tweens to the bone, and introduce to them to some of the classic tropes of the genre. O A DRC was provided by Edelweiss in exchange for a fair and honest review.Remember what Seth said to Ollie in Small Spaces? “Wherever you go in this big, gorgeous, hideous world, there is a ghost story waiting for you.” Well, Katherine Arden has brought us another great - and I mean GREAT - ghost story in this second book in the Small Spaces series. No spoilers here but this middle grade horror book will chill tweens to the bone, and introduce to them to some of the classic tropes of the genre. Ollie, Coco and Brian are together again on another journey to a haunted locale, this time a snowbound inn that was once an orphanage. The kids and their adults are trapped battling ghosts, each other and their own worst fears, with even worse to come. Ollie is as brave as ever, but still vulnerable to the grief at her mother's death the year before. Brian is stalwart and refreshingly normal, but it's Coco who gets a chance to shine, proving herself every bit a hero who can face down the Smiling Man in a battle of wits. Whether it's playing chess for souls (shout out to The Seventh Seal), deciphering the tautology of objects and corporeal life in this world and the next, or recognizing adults have needs too, it's Coco who leads her friends this time around. These books are not just perfect for Stranger Things fans or budding Stephen King addicts, but for anyone craving a snappy rush of a read that leaves the reader shivering from the scare and craving more. And there will two more doses of freaky ghosts, baby, with Arden's terrific trio of ghostbusters on the case!
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  • Faith Hurst-Bilinski
    January 1, 1970
    When I read a book for children I try to read it through the lens of my students. Sometimes I love children's literature and sometimes I don't. Usually when I love it I can present it to them in a way they love it, too. Sometimes they love something and I just don't quite feel the same. It's OK for me, but great for them. This book fell in the latter. Would I put it on my bookshelf in class? Yes, I would. Would some of my kids love it? Of course! What's not to love? Ghost stories and children ar When I read a book for children I try to read it through the lens of my students. Sometimes I love children's literature and sometimes I don't. Usually when I love it I can present it to them in a way they love it, too. Sometimes they love something and I just don't quite feel the same. It's OK for me, but great for them. This book fell in the latter. Would I put it on my bookshelf in class? Yes, I would. Would some of my kids love it? Of course! What's not to love? Ghost stories and children are a timeless combination, regardless of what5 parents think. Kids love the other and kids love to be scared. With that in mind, I would buy a copy or two and put them in the book boxes. And kids would love it.For me, it was just OK. I didn't read the first book in the series but you get a brief synopsis of it. Sounds interesting. Magical worlds and pumpkin men! Great! This one had those same children, Ollie, Coco, and Brian, who have never told their parents what happened to them before, go on a ski trip with Ollie's dad and Coco's mom. Driving through the snowstorm Coco sees someone in the middle of the road. No one else does...and so begins the ghost tale. Once again these kids get to battle the forces of the other. And that's what kids will like about it. Kids getting to fight for themselves. Kids not needing adults for everything. Kids getting to go on their own adventure. Maybe I'll bring in the first book of the series, too.
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  • Nannette Demmler
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided by Penguin Group via NetGalley for an honest review.Wow, I thought that Small Spaces was creepy and scary, but this new story is perhaps even scarier. The ghosts are creepier and the setting is quite spooky. I can’t wait to tell my students about it and get it into their hands.Ollie, Coco and Brian are all back, having survived their ordeal in the corn maze and with the Smiling Man. But now they are stuck in a haunted lodge with some seriously creepy ghosts. This book is told from b ARC provided by Penguin Group via NetGalley for an honest review.Wow, I thought that Small Spaces was creepy and scary, but this new story is perhaps even scarier. The ghosts are creepier and the setting is quite spooky. I can’t wait to tell my students about it and get it into their hands.Ollie, Coco and Brian are all back, having survived their ordeal in the corn maze and with the Smiling Man. But now they are stuck in a haunted lodge with some seriously creepy ghosts. This book is told from both Ollie’s and Coco’s point of view. It was great learning more about Coco. I really liked her in the first book, but she really starts to shine in this story. She is super brave and smart and really comes through to save everyone. Ollie also does an awesome job of figuring things out and making sacrifices to save her friends and father. Brian did not have that big of a role this time around, but he is still able to be there and help when things get tough.The setting of the ski lodge that used to be an orphanage was so perfect for this story. I also liked the addition of the stuffed animals, they added to the creep factor, especially when they started to move. The ghosts were scary and very well done. I also loved their use of the Ouija board to communicate not just with ghosts, but each other. Mr Voland, a ghost hunter who shows up during the storm, was a great addition to the story. He gave the story a needed touch of the supernatural at the beginning. But of course he proves to be not at all what he seems by the end of the story.I don’t want to say much more about the book for fear of spoiling it. I haven’t yet started this author’s Winternight trilogy, it has been on my TBR for awhile now. But if it is anything like these two middle grade books then I am all in. This is an author to check out if you like books with atmosphere, believable characters and a spine tingling story.https://elnadesbookchat.com
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  • Valerie McEnroe
    January 1, 1970
    ARC from NetgalleyThis sequel to Small Spaces is a HUGE step down. I ranked Small Spaces as one of the best books of 2018 and this one doesn't come close. It starts off great. Ollie, Coco, Brian, Ollie's dad, and Coco's mom are riding in the car when a snowstorm hits. Will they make it to the ski lodge or will they end up in a ditch taking on zombie snowmen? Unfortunately, it's option 1. Zombie snowmen would have been so much more original. Instead, we have the crew arriving safely at a creepy l ARC from NetgalleyThis sequel to Small Spaces is a HUGE step down. I ranked Small Spaces as one of the best books of 2018 and this one doesn't come close. It starts off great. Ollie, Coco, Brian, Ollie's dad, and Coco's mom are riding in the car when a snowstorm hits. Will they make it to the ski lodge or will they end up in a ditch taking on zombie snowmen? Unfortunately, it's option 1. Zombie snowmen would have been so much more original. Instead, we have the crew arriving safely at a creepy lodge where they are the only customers. Immediately, the ghost dreams start, generators fail, and a mysterious "reporter" arrives. At this point the plot is dragging, and my hope for an exciting sequel is squashed. The reporter isn't who he seems and is actually a carry-over from book 1, a failure in my opinion. Ollie walks through a mirror into ghost land to save the orphans who used to occupy the lodge. It's all a muddled, uninspiring mess with a less than stellar ending. Over-the-top disappointment. If you're looking for an excellent book about a hotel receiving guests during winter break I recommend Greenglass House.
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  • Kacey
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. My opinion was not affected by the free copy.When I saw that R. L. Stine talked favorably about this book, of course i had to check it out! I haven't read the author's other book, but thankfully I didn't feel like I missed much by not doing so. Sure there's a bit of missing backstory, but I got a good enough feel for the characters, their relationship, and what came before. At times it almost Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. My opinion was not affected by the free copy.When I saw that R. L. Stine talked favorably about this book, of course i had to check it out! I haven't read the author's other book, but thankfully I didn't feel like I missed much by not doing so. Sure there's a bit of missing backstory, but I got a good enough feel for the characters, their relationship, and what came before. At times it almost felt like I was getting that information a bit too often-- the narrative repeated itself a few times-- but that could either be because it was an ARC or because of the younger audience.Either way, the actual horror elements were done so well. It was genuinely creepy and I felt uneasy a lot. When it got to the climax, my heart was actually pounding and I was speeding through pages to see if the kids made it out okay. I think this would be just scary enough for the younger readers. The only nitpick I have is that the author uses the name brand Ouija board instead of the more generic term of a spirit board. And it wasn't even used properly! I'm actually surprised that wasn't used in the plot somewhere.Overall, this was a great scary story for younger readers! I'll definitely be reading the author's other book, as well as be on the look-out for more of her work.
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  • Marzie
    January 1, 1970
    Winternight Trilogy Katherine Arden's second installment in her Middle Grade series that began with Small Spaces is a polished middle grade ghost story featuring the trio of friends Coco, Ollie, and Brian, who survived the scarecrows of the first novel. When Ollie's father receives a free ski trip at a newly opening ski lodge (the deadly sounding Mount Hemlock Resort) the three friends are looking forward to a fun time (with Coco feeling the usual tinge of apprehension) at a winter resort. After Winternight Trilogy Katherine Arden's second installment in her Middle Grade series that began with Small Spaces is a polished middle grade ghost story featuring the trio of friends Coco, Ollie, and Brian, who survived the scarecrows of the first novel. When Ollie's father receives a free ski trip at a newly opening ski lodge (the deadly sounding Mount Hemlock Resort) the three friends are looking forward to a fun time (with Coco feeling the usual tinge of apprehension) at a winter resort. After a scary drive to the Lodge, the children are progressively unsettled to find that the resort used to be an orphanage. When they start having nightmares about a girl searching for her bones, you know you're in for that bone-chilling ghost story! How will the three friends keep themselves and their parents safe?I actually enjoyed Dead Voices even more than the first novel, since Arden felt less constrained by the scarecrow themes of the first book. A fun story that's not just for Halloween!I received a Advanced Review Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Aeicha
    January 1, 1970
    With their terrifying encounter with the dangerous smiling man and his scarecrows closely behind them, new BFFS, Ollie; Coco; and Brian, along with Ollie’s dad and Coco’s mom, are headed to a ski vacation at the newly reopened Mount Hemlock Resort. But their vacation soon takes a sinister turn when a powerful snowstorm traps them inside the resort and a ghost hunter shows up spinning ghostly tales about the resort. Soon those tales become reality and the three friends find themselves running fro With their terrifying encounter with the dangerous smiling man and his scarecrows closely behind them, new BFFS, Ollie; Coco; and Brian, along with Ollie’s dad and Coco’s mom, are headed to a ski vacation at the newly reopened Mount Hemlock Resort. But their vacation soon takes a sinister turn when a powerful snowstorm traps them inside the resort and a ghost hunter shows up spinning ghostly tales about the resort. Soon those tales become reality and the three friends find themselves running from ghosts and trying to figure out why Ollie’s not-so-normal watch is telling them BEWARE. Katherine Arden follows up her excellent Small Spaces with another spooktacularly spine-tingling middle-grade adventure! Captivating storytelling, likable characters, and an exciting fast pace make Dead Voices an exhilarating page turner. It’s no secret that young readers crave the fun of awesomely scary stories, so Dead Voices will certainly not disappoint. With a lushly eerie atmosphere, this book is genuinely spooky in all the right and age-appropriate ways. From a creeptastic setting with a perfectly twisted backstory to a deliciously frightful ghost story, unpredictable twists, and imaginative horror elements, Dead Voices is dripping with more than enough chills and thrills to keep even the most reluctant reader on the edge of their seat.  I really enjoyed getting to know Ollie, Coco, and Brian even better in this sequel. Young readers will find these three friends comfortingly relatable, awesomely capable, and a lot of fun to tag along with. Ollie’s dad and Coco’s mom make for interesting secondary characters and I’m already fully invested in their side story. Dead Voices wraps up one wicked adventure nicely, while excitedly setting up future stories...which is definitely a good thing because readers are going to be hungry for more! 
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  • Shainna
    January 1, 1970
    I was really excited to get my hands on this book. Small Spaces is probably my favorite book of the year. This one was still really good but I like Small Spaces better. It should bed interesting to see the next one, since the first book was Ollie centered and this one focused more on Ollie and Coco with an emphasis on Coco. That makes me think the next book will focus on Brian, who was absent for much of this book. The use of Voland as the Smiling Man's name was a really good trick. I noticed th I was really excited to get my hands on this book. Small Spaces is probably my favorite book of the year. This one was still really good but I like Small Spaces better. It should bed interesting to see the next one, since the first book was Ollie centered and this one focused more on Ollie and Coco with an emphasis on Coco. That makes me think the next book will focus on Brian, who was absent for much of this book. The use of Voland as the Smiling Man's name was a really good trick. I noticed that the last online opponent Coco had used the screenname "begemot". In The Master and Margarita, Begemot (sometimes translated as Behemoth) is a vodka drinking, chess playing demon-cat. Woland (the characters would pronounce that as Voland) in the same book is the devil, literally. However, in that book, Woland is a pretty decent guy. I suspected something was off with him, but I wondered if he'd be more like Woland - a trickster, but likeable, and fair.I liked the Smiling Man more in the first book. In this one I just wanted to slap him. Pick on someone your own size, you bully. But he's an enjoyable villain.I can't wait for the next one
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  • Jennifer Hill
    January 1, 1970
    This is the second in the Small Spaces series (blog post here SMALL SPACES). Ollie, Coco and Brian are headed on a ski trip with Ollie's dad and Coco's mom. Ollie's dad won the trip through work to a brand new ski resort, Hemlock Lodge. As they travel there is a snow storm occurring and the trip is treacherous, but they finally make it. As they get settled in for the night both Coco and Ollie have dreams about a ghost girl named Gretel, who is looking for her bones. They also discover another bo This is the second in the Small Spaces series (blog post here SMALL SPACES). Ollie, Coco and Brian are headed on a ski trip with Ollie's dad and Coco's mom. Ollie's dad won the trip through work to a brand new ski resort, Hemlock Lodge. As they travel there is a snow storm occurring and the trip is treacherous, but they finally make it. As they get settled in for the night both Coco and Ollie have dreams about a ghost girl named Gretel, who is looking for her bones. They also discover another boy went missing and they start to see him around the lodge. The next day a man shows up who is a journalist and ghost hunter. As the day progresses the snow comes down harder, the generator goes out, the heat goes out, and so does the fire. Mother Hemlock, another ghost, starts to chase them and tries to trap them so they will be stuck forever. A great ghost story and lots of twists and turns that will be sure to keep you guessing up to the end. Arden leaves it open for more sequels in this series. Can't wait!!
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  • Kristina
    January 1, 1970
    Katherine Arden, how do you write with such skill? This was terrifyingly fun. I’m obsessed, soooo can I read the next one now? Please? I read all of this tonight in my bed. I loved it. I liked Small Spaces a bit more, but that doesn’t negate the brilliance of this story. In Dead Voices, Arden has Ollie, Coco, and Brian travel to a new ski lodge, however, due to the storm, no other travelers are able or willing to venture out aside from this group and their parents. Mount Hemlock, home to the ski Katherine Arden, how do you write with such skill? This was terrifyingly fun. I’m obsessed, soooo can I read the next one now? Please? I read all of this tonight in my bed. I loved it. I liked Small Spaces a bit more, but that doesn’t negate the brilliance of this story. In Dead Voices, Arden has Ollie, Coco, and Brian travel to a new ski lodge, however, due to the storm, no other travelers are able or willing to venture out aside from this group and their parents. Mount Hemlock, home to the ski lodge, is rumored to be filled with ghosts and horrors as an orphanage years earlier resided on that same mountain. This story takes place only two months after the nightmarish terrors of the scarecrows and the Smiling man, so Ollie, Coco, and Brian are cautious, yet bonded forever by their experience. Arden is skilled at creating an atmosphere full of dread and suffocating tension. I always visualize what I’m reading, and this genuinely freaked me out at times! There are a few red-herrings, but I loved the big reveals toward the middle of Dead Voices. So good!
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