A sweet, well written and honest story about learning and growing up. While the book is put across almost as one teenage boy’s problems with girls, it actually becomes so much more than that. While the girls do play their own important role I felt like the book was more about the family and the self-awareness that comes with growing up. The focus here was definitely more on the development of the characters rather than the plot. Kepler perfectly paced the novel to introduce Randy through his experience and from that point allowed him to tell his own story, integrating the lives of the other characters.
I loved the development of all the relationships in the book, each was given it’s opportunity to prove itself and contribute to the overall development of Randy as himself, but I particularly enjoyed the connection between Randy and Gwen, the two essentially parentless kids who banded together to make the best of a bad situation. My favorite character though was Jonas, the 95 year old honorary grandfather to Randy, and pretty much everyone else. I felt that he added some much need blunt honesty and truth to counterbalance the teen drama. I also appreciated Hope, Gwen’s little sister, who gave everyone an indirect but solid connection that would have otherwise been lacking.
Lisa - baffledbooks.com
Having set up the world and introducing her fantastic group of characters in To Kill A Warlock, H.P. Mallory jumped straight in to another adventure in A Tale of Two Goblins. I loved that the relationship between Duclie and Knight gets to be explored a little bit more, something I felt was missing from the first book. We had lots of pre-sexy time but now the relationship itself, not just the physical connection, gets to grow. I also appreciated the chance to get to know more about Sam, Dulcie’s best friend and the latest victim of the Dreamstalker and I really hope that in the next book some of my favorite characters get their chance to shine. There is so much I want to know about everyone!
I loved the concept of the Dreamstalker. Mallory is so amazingly good at balancing magic and suspense and then smushing it into the perfect bad guy role leaving us with a creepy otherworld villain. The writing was, once again, perfectly paced to build up the suspense to the max and the development made in this second installment was amazing. While the first book occasionally needed a bit more to really feel a relationship to the characters, this one let our (still awesome) protagonist and her sidekicks grow into their own. I can’t wait for the next book!
This review was originally posted at baffledbooks.com