September 17, 2019

#BookReview: The Beast (The Darkdeep #2) by @allycondie @BrendanReichs


Synopsis: Nico, Opal, Tyler, Emma, and Logan survived their worst fears come to life, and saved their tiny Pacific Northwest town of Timbers from a monstrous figment invasion. Now they just want to keep their heads down, enjoy Halloween, and explore the secrets of their mysterious houseboat clubhouse. And also figure out their new Torchbearer responsibilities as keepers of the Darkdeep, an ancient whirlpool hidden in Still Cove that can make both dreams and nightmares into reality.

But when a dangerous new breed of figments starts appearing on their own, and the very environment around them begins to spiral out of control, the friends realize they have no idea what they are doing-or how they're supposed to restrain the Darkdeep. They must uncover the pool's origins, as well as those of the freaky Thing in a Jar, a seemingly lifeless green creature Opal believes is communicating with her. To make matters worse, a trashy YouTube series has rolled into town intent on finding the Beast, the legendary local sea monster suddenly stirring up the countryside.

As threats rapidly close in around them, the friends must fight to protect their secrets, defeat new enemies, and save Timbers and all that they love.

Told from alternating points of view, this chilling sequel from bestselling duo Ally Condie and Brendan Reichs will once again have readers sleeping with the lights on.


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About the Author: Ally Condie is the co-author of The Darkdeep, as well as the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Matched trilogy and of the middle-grade novel Summerlost, an Edgar Award finalist for best juvenile mystery. A former English teacher, Ally lives with her husband and four children outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. She has an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, and is the founder and director of the nonprofit WriteOut Foundation. 
allycondie.com; Twitter: @AllyCondie
Brendan Reichs is the co-author of The Darkdeep and the six-volume Virals series, as well as the author of the instant New York Times bestseller Nemesis and its sequel Genesis. He is also a member of the Executive Board for both YALLFEST and YALLWEST literary festivals and has received an MFA in Creative Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. He lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with his wife, son, daughter, and a herd of animals that tear up everything.
brendanreichs.com; Twitter: @BrendanReichs
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
My Review: I really loved this cover.  I thought it worked well for the story.  This one opened really quickly. It really pulled me in and I read this one really fast.  I didn't want to put this one down at all.  The Beast was very easy to read and I didn't have any issues knowing the words.  This story was well paced I thought it was on the slower side but that really worked.  Nico and Opal were my favorite characters.  I really hope that I get the chance to read the next title. 






“A rousing Halloween read.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“Thrilling, intense, with pulse-pounding chills . . . Everything you could want in a series.” ―Soman Chainani, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL
Praise for The Darkdeep” ―.
“This book really left me breathless!” ―R.L. Stine, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of the Goosebumps series
“Move over, Stranger Things.” ―Melissa de la Cruz, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of the Descendants series
“The most fun I've had while being deeply terrified.” ―Roshani Chokshi, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of ARU SHAH AND THE END OF TIME
“[P]erfect for reluctant readers who appreciate things that go bump in the night.” ―Publishers Weekly
“[A]n imaginative and ultimately uplifting narrative.” ―Booklist
“A truly spectacular adventure.” ―Soman Chainani, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL
“I couldn't turn the pages fast enough.” ―Alexandra Bracken, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of THE DARKEST MINDS
“A delicious, rollicking adventure you won't be able to put down.” ―Tahereh Mafi, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of FURTHERMORE
“Fast-paced, thrilling, and full of mystery.” ―Jennifer A. Nielsen, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of RISE OF THE WOLF
“This darkly entertaining tale is sure to engage horror fans.” ―School Library Journal
“Delivering plenty of middle-school shivers.” ―BCCB
“Condie is at her best . . . grabbing readers' interest from the first page.” ―Publishers Weekly on SUMMERLOST
“Hooked readers will be tapping their fingers waiting for the sequel.” ―Kirkus Reviews on NEMESIS
“Thoughtful, poetic chapter endings guide readers new to psychological depth toward meaningful connections between plot events and thematic reflections.” ―BCCB on SUMMERLOST
“Reichs truly keeps readers guessing throughout, with twists on early every page.” ―Booklist on NEMESIS
“Have this on hand for readers who enjoy a sweet, heartfelt story.” ―School Library Journal on SUMMERLOST
“A fascinating, twisty page-turner that will keep surprising you until its final page.” ―Ransom Riggs, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author, on NEMESIS









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