REVIEW: Troubletwisters by Garth Nix and Sean Williams

Troubletwisters (Troubletwisters, #1) 
Garth Nix and Sean Williams
304 pages
Publisher: Scholastic
Release Date: March 1st, 2011
Source: Hardcover
Rating: LOVED

Are you a troubletwister?

Jaide and Jack Shield’s lives are changing in a very, very strange way. The weather is turning against them. Magical disasters occur when they’re around. And a mysterious explosion has just destroyed their house…from the inside. Without knowing why, the twins are stolen away to live with Grandma X–a relative they’ve never, ever met. At Grandma X’s house, things are even stranger. Weather vanes point in the opposite direction of the wind. Doors appear and disappear. Cats talk. Jaide and Jack don’t know the reason behind all this strangeness. They don’t know that they’re troubletwisters, and that they must defend the world against a dark, evil force. The time has come for them to discover the truth–and the powers that come with the truth. Are they ready?

Twins Jack and Jaide Shield live an ordinary life with their parents, Hector and Susan Shield. But all of this is about to change, when their house was destroyed from the inside out. Susan and the twins are sent to live with a mysterious Grandma X, because Hector couldn’t come with them for some reason. Susan has to go to work, which leaves the twins alone with Grandma X. The two of them are kept on being called “Troubletwister”. But what does that mean? Has their parents been hiding something from them?

Garth Nix and Sean Williams have gotten together and created you a must-read story filled with excitement and adventure. As soon as I read the back I just knew I had to read it. It’s unlike any other book I have read before. The writing was smooth and had a nice flow to it. I must admit that together Jack and Jaide go really good.

The cover is really pretty. Troubletwisters kept me on the edge of my seat as Jack and Jaide went through many mysterious and learnt their “Gifts”. I’d recommend this book for anyone looking for a light and mysterious read.

This review was written by my 11 year old sister, Asma! 


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    gunu kumar

    April 6, 2012

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    April 6, 2012

    This sounds like a fun book and the cover is really cool. Great review!!

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    Jasmine Rose

    April 7, 2012

    I hadn't heard of this one before and it sounds really good. Thanks for the great review and pointing out an awesome book for me, Asma!

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    October 24, 2012

    I've read a couple of Nix books. I find them enjoyable but I haven't been wowed by any yet. I'll keep an open mind.