Thursday, October 20, 2011

Review from rvb: The Humming Room by Ellen Potter

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The Humming Room
by Ellen Potter

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Release date: February 28, 2012
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Paperback: 192 pages

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Hiding is Roo Fanshaw's special skill. Living in a frighteningly unstable family, she often needs to disappear at a moment's notice. When her parents are murdered, it's her special hiding place under the trailer that saves her life.

As it turns out, Roo, much to her surprise, has a wealthy if eccentric uncle, who has agreed to take her into his home on Cough Rock Island. Once a tuberculosis sanitarium for children of the rich, the strange house is teeming with ghost stories and secrets. Roo doesn't believe in ghosts or fairy stories, but what are those eerie noises she keeps hearing? And who is that strange wild boy who lives on the river? People are lying to her, and Roo becomes determined to find the truth.

Despite the best efforts of her uncle's assistants, Roo discovers the house's hidden room--a garden with a tragic secret.

Inspired by The Secret Garden, this tale full of unusual characters and mysterious secrets is a story that only Ellen Potter could write.

rvb's review:
Besides the few grammatical mistakes and sentence confusions, the plot was wonderful!

It reminded me so much of The Secret Garden because it put me in that mysterious mood.

Roo is a very wonderful character. Her personality at first makes me feel like she's just some rotten child who you could never imagine would change, but as she grows in the book, she becomes very likable.

The idea that Cough Rock was an island on a river seemed strange. I could imagine the island on a small sea. Perhaps it is better for it to be on a river, since Jack is the one who makes the river actually seem like a river.

Anyways, the book was mysterious and captivating. For some reason, when I first picked it up, I was doubtful I would finish it, but it seemed to hold me in place.

Not quite a person
Not quite a thing
In fact, not quite anything at all
Yet everything at once.

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CERTAINLY, a book to watch out for...

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