Monday, April 11, 2011

Book Review: The Midnight Palace (Niebla #2) by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Title: The Midnight Palace (Niebla #2)
Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Pages: 304
Expected publication: May 3, 2011
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Summary taken from goodreads:
In the heart of Calcutta lurks a dark mystery....

Set in Calcutta in the 1930s, The Midnight Palace begins on a dark night when an English lieutenant fights to save newborn twins Ben and Sheere from an unthinkable threat. Despite monsoon-force rains and terrible danger lurking around every street corner, the young lieutenant manages to get them to safety, but not without losing his own life. . . .

Years later, on the eve of Ben and Sheere's sixteenth birthday, the mysterious threat reenters their lives. This time, it may be impossible to escape. With the help of their brave friends, the twins will have to take a stand against the terror that watches them in the shadows of the night—and face the most frightening creature in the history of the City of Palaces.

My Review: 

Carlos Ruiz Zafon's storytelling is impeccable.

Like his other book, The Prince of Mist, Zafon's writing style is simple, engaging, and written in such a way that easily creates a movie in the your head from the second you read the first page.

The mystery in the book moves the plot around in a sufficient enough pace with a few surprises and twists thrown in towards the climax, and the characters were well written and thought out.

I'd give this book a four stars if it appealed to me more. While I was easily sucked into the story whenever I picked the book up, it didn't take much effort for me to close the book to go and do something else.

However, I think the reason why it didn't appeal to me that much is the fact that it isn't the type of book I'd usually pick up. And also possibly from the fact that the book's audience would be better suited for middle grade or young teens not interested in the typical YA genre.

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