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.Young Houdini: the Demon Curse (Young Houdini, #2) by Simon Nicholson
Published by Oxford University Press on May 7th 2015
Genres: Magic, Middle Grade
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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