Monday, November 30, 2009

Emily Windsnap and the Monster from the Deep by Liz Kessler

Summary: Emily and mother and father are sent to live on an island with other mer/human families. Even her best friend is there! It seems like paradise until Emily, in an attempt to impress some new friends, discovers a dark secret to this paradise. Deep below, the island is guarded by a terrible creature that Emily has unknowingly awakened too early. With no one able to control it, the terrible creature threatens not only her tranquil island, but even the humans who venture out too close - and that includes her old nemesis Mandy Rushton.

Assessment: It isn't too often that I say this, but I actually enjoyed this book better than the first one. I think this is because none of the humour or feeling of adventure is lost in this second book, as can so often happen and since introductiosn to characters and settings can be taken care of quickly, this leads to more action and more excitement. What is more, I really enjoyed having Mandy Rushton's point of view in the story. It opened up better understanding as to why she had picked on Emily earlier and why she is unhappy. It is very rewarding that both Mandy and Emily have to change in order to help each other.