Wednesday, March 16, 2016

The League of Beastly Dreadfuls by Holly Grant

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One day two women show up at Anastasia's school and take her away.  They tell her that her parents are in the hospital, and they are going to see them, but instead of taking Anastasia to the hospital, they take her to their house. At first she believes that the ladies are her long lost great aunts.  The longer she stays in the spooky, ex-insane asylum they call home, the more she realizes that her "aunts" are not all that they seem.  Lucky Anastasia gets to know two other children who are inmates in her "aunts'" home, and together they plot their daring escape. 

This is a story after the style of Lemony Snicket. It is suspenseful and creepy in a silly, tongue-in-cheek kind of way and the author is not above a bit of potty humor.  Anastasia and her two accomplices are likeable enough. Grant includes a bit of quirky magic that becomes more important as the story progresses. I think I liked it better than the first Series of Unfortunate Events book.  I will probably read book 2. (294 p)

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