Thursday, April 5, 2012

Review: The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Unseen Guest - Maryrose Wood

Where I got it: ARC for review for blog tour
Rating: 4 stars  
Cover Rating: 5 stars (Just as wonderful as the others.)
Genre: Middle Grade
Publication Date: March 27, 2012
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Page Count: 340 p.
Buy it: Book Depository / Amazon
Add it: Goodreads
Sequel to: The Mysterious Howling and The Hidden Gallery

The Incorrigible children and Miss Lumley are back again and in top form too. In this thrilling third novel, Miss Penelope Lumley thinks often of her mysterious parents and where they might be and if they are thinking of her too. While she has these intriguing thoughts however, there is the matter at Ashton Place to attend to as well. Sir Ashton's mother has come to call and brought along her new beau, the wild explorer Admiral Faucet (pronounced faw-say). He has big dreams about ostrich racing, but his lovely bird Bertha has escaped. Now it is up to Penelope and her charges to make their way through the forest and capture the wild bird. While in the jungle, Penelope's thoughts still linger on her parents and whether the Incorrigibles will turn wild once again. Her mind does not dream of the things that they encounter in the wood though and your mind may not either.

Another lovely installment in the Incorrigible Children series. I find them incredibly endearing. It was quite surprising all the things that happened in the wild wood. It was nice to meet some new characters as well as revisit some of the older chaps. Sir Ashton's mother is an interesting women. Of course, now that I've watched Downton Abbey I pictured this lot much more proper, but then they were climbing trees and barking and the illusion was shattered. Luckily the Ashton bunch are not meant to be proper, otherwise they would not have such exciting adventures. If you still haven't picked up this series, you simply must do so post haste. It is charming and adventurous and surprising and silly. A must read for all ages!

First Line:
"'Lumawoo, look.'"

Favorite Line:
"The strong would bully the weak, the hungry would devour the tasty, library books would never be returned, and general mayhem would surely ensue."

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