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School Library Journal Review
Gr 4-7-Jaide and Jack, 12-year-old twins, and their parents are living with the mysterious Grandma X. Mum has no idea that the twins have inherited special powers from their father and his mother. In the second title (Scholastic, 2012) in the series by Garth Nix and Sean Williams, the twins are trying to learn how to use their unique skills in a controlled manner. Jaide can manipulate wind and Jack can manipulate light. When their grandmother's cats start talking to them, they realize something terrible is happening in Portland. The Evil is back and trying to break out into the world via a portal in the town. The characters are well-drawn and there is some genuinely creepy imagery. Stanley McGeagh's narration is marvelous. He employs many different voices and accents and is spot-on when voicing the cat. The themes of good and evil, personal responsibility, and bravery will lead to excellent class discussions. For fans of Rick Riordan.-B. Allison Gray, Goleta Public Library, Santa Barbara, CA (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Twelve-year-old twins Jaide and Jack return in their second Troubletwisters adventure. They befriend new girl Tara, who claims to have seen the Monster of Portland. The twins are convinced that the Evil is back in action and somehow connected with Tara's dad. Even worse, their Gifts are misbehaving, making them a danger to others and themselves. This sequel, better plotted than the original, offers moments of reflection ( until you understand yourselves, you cannot understand your Gifts ) and a more complex story line. While the resolution is a little too easy (and not easily explainable), it will satisfy most readers.--Moore, Melissa Copyright 2010 Booklist
Horn Book Review
A week after battling The Evil in Troubletwisters, Jaide and Jack continue their training as Wardens. The twins try to convince Grandma X that The Evil has survived, but because of their inability to control their powers, along with their tendency to jump to irrational conclusions, their attempts to help become tedious. Except for the entertaining conclusion, an unremarkable second series entry. (c) Copyright 2012. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Kirkus Book Review
Beginning where Troubletwisters (2011) left off, twins Jaide and Jack Shield struggle to harness their magical powers while tracking a rat-regurgitating monster and battling dark forces. Staying with Grandma X, the twins have joined the Wardens, a worldwide group of guardians against The Evil, and are studying ways to control and understand their magic. Their powers are unwieldy and continue to flummox Jack and Jaide. The twins forge a new friendship with Tara as the town begins to buzz with rumors of a roaming monster. Grandma X has started acting strangely, and something foul is afoot at the old sawmill. The twins are determined to find this monster, but there are so many intricately tangled secrets that they often become sidetracked. Pace rules, as event piles on event. The intensity and bizarreness ramp up when insects flock to Jack and a clowder of cats becomes possessed. The climax involves an awesome spectacle of powerful forces, as The Evil, preying on the twins' still-malleable souls, strives to take advantage of their self-doubts and possess their gifts. As good and wicked battle, Jack and Jaide come to understand that knowing themselves is their wellspring of power, wisdom that will no doubt come in handy in the next installment. This gripping fantasy for the middle-grade set delivers magic and delightful dollops of ick. (Urban fantasy. 8-12)]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.