#Review ~ Young Houdini: the Demon Curse by Simon Nicholson

Posted September 22, 2016 by Michelle in Review / 3 Comments

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

#Review ~ Young Houdini: the Demon Curse by Simon NicholsonYoung Houdini: the Demon Curse (Young Houdini, #2) by Simon Nicholson
Published by Oxford University Press on May 7th 2015
Genres: Magic, Middle Grade
Pages: 192
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley

Young Houdini: The Demon Curse is the second book in the electrifying Young Houdini series.
New Orleans, 1886. When the city's mayor is struck down by a terrifying, unexplained illness, whispers of voodoo and demonic magic are everywhere. Could it be that the mayor is the victim of a deadly curse?
Harry is about to find out. Along with his best friends Billie and Artie he will travel to the deep, dark heart of the Mississippi river, using his extraordinary skills to investigate the mystery.
But evil forces are at work and soon Harry will face his most lethal challenge yet . . . can he unravel the truth before it's too late?

Harry and friends are back and I was rather excited about this book. I read the first one and enjoyed the characters a lot but had thought the story was a touch slow so I was hoping this one would have more build on each character and the action would move along at a better pace. The book starts off where the last left off, I like that the action/adventure started right at the beginning and I thought the characters build was a bit more at least with Billie. I still however thought the pace was a touch slow and at times the story was becoming very confusing, it was hard to keep up. I am not really sure if it all made a lot of sense to me. I think that is also what happened when I read the first book. I think younger kids might be able to follow along but I think as an adult I was looking for more depth and more magic from Harry. I still feel like it’s lacking what Houdini did and his great escapes. Harry reminds me more of Sherlock Holmes than Houdini.

This would be a great read for MG or Younger kids, it has very likable characters. I think my confusion came more from wanting more depth, it just seemed simple. The story didn’t flow like I think it should. As much as this is a fun book to read I am not sure I will continue with this series. However it does have a lot of fun moments just don’t think it worked that well for me.

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3 responses to “#Review ~ Young Houdini: the Demon Curse by Simon Nicholson

  1. It’s nice the book started off with action and adventure already. Too bad this one was a bit slow and confusing. The title seems to be a bit misleading if this is more Sherlock Holmes than Houdini, i would’ve expected big escapes as well. And indeed maybe it will work great for kids who don’t mind if it’s a bit simple. Great review!

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  2. I can see how less complexity would be good for MG readers, especially the lower level ones who’s comprehension is still weak. This would be a great way for them to read books that don’t announce to their peers they are behind, but make it comprehensible for them. Too bad it wasn’t great for you though 🙁