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Monday, March 31, 2014

Review: The Hidden Gallery

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The Hidden Gallery (Book #2)
Author:  Maryrose Wood 
Genre: Children Fiction 
Publisher:  HarperAudio
Release Date: February 22, 2011
Audiobook:  5 hours and 58 minutes
Narrator: Katherine Kellgren
Series: The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place

Source: Borrowed from e-library
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Book Description

Thanks to their plucky governess, Miss Penelope Lumley, Alexander, Beowulf, and Cassiopeia are much more like children than wolf cubs now. They are accustomed to wearing clothes. They hardly ever howl at the moon. And for the most part, they resist the urge to chase squirrels up trees.
Yet the Incorrigibles are not entirely civilized, and still managed to ruin Lady Constance's Christmas ball, nearly destroying the grand house. So while Ashton Place is being restored, Penelope, the Ashtons, and the children take up residence in London. As they explore the city, Penelope and the Incorrigibles discover more about themselves as clues about the children's--and Penelope's own--mysterious past crop up in the most unexpected ways

Review

**SPOILER FREE ZONE**
I borrowed this book from Overdrive via the County of Los Angeles Library to complete the Sequel Spring Reading challenge.  I listened to Book 1 last September and gave it 4 out of 5 stars.  (Review here)
I really like this one as well.  The story of the three children Alexander, Beowulf, and Cassiopeia raised by wolves continues with a trip to London with their governess Miss Penelope Lumely a fifteen year old graduate from Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females.  On their London trip the children have unexpected adventures, meet new and interesting characters, are chased by pirates and drive Lady Constance crazy once again.  
I think this book is well written and as a proper lady would say "so delightful".  I especially like children books that teach the young readers new words, situations and life lessons without them knowing it.  The vocabulary for this book seems to be a bit over the age group (8 - 12 years) it is written for but the context is perfect for figuring out the words.  This book as well as the series is a great read for adults too.  As like the animated movies in theaters today, there are adult idioms and humor through out the book making it laugh out loud funny.  I am not sure if an 8 year old would get it but you never know with kids today.  LOL!
There are narrators who were born to read certain books and Katherine Kellgren was born to read this book series.  Her English accent is perfect for this book and she does a great job of howling too!
The one thing I didn't love about this book is all the unanswered questions.  The book is not any closer to answer the questions raised in Book 1.  In fact there are now more new questions that are left completely unanswered at the end of this book.  On to Book 3.

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Recommendations

I recommend this book to readers of all ages.

Challenges

This book is number 8 in my Audiobook Reading Challenge
This book is number 5 in my Historical Fiction Reading Challenge
This book is number 13 in my Goodreads Reading Challenge 
This book goes towards my Sequel Spring Reading Challenge
2nd book out of 4 books in this series 

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