by William Alexander
4CDs - Read by the author
Read: January 2013
"In the town of Zombay, there is a witch named Graba who has clockwork chicken legs and moves her house around—much like the fairy tale figure of Baba Yaga. Graba takes in stray children, and Rownie is the youngest boy in her household. Rownie’s only real relative is his older brother Rowan, who is an actor. But acting is outlawed in Zombay, and Rowan has disappeared.
Desperate to find him, Rownie joins up with a troupe of goblins who skirt the law to put on plays. But their plays are not only for entertainment, and the masks they use are for more than make-believe. The goblins also want to find Rowan—because Rowan might be the only person who can save the town from being flooded by a mighty river." ~Barnes & Noble Overview
I thought of Goblin Secrets book as a mix between Darren Shan's Cirque du Freak series and Angie Sage's Septimus Heap series. I've read the first of both of those series with the full intent to move forward in reading the rest of them. (I really need to get on that!) I enjoyed the fact that Alexander sectioned his book into Acts and Scenes rather than Parts and Chapters. Going along with the theme in the book of forbidden plays, it's almost as if the book itself is one big play. The characters are well put together and the author does a fantastic job of distinguishing their voices. Graba was kind of sneaky, like the witch in Hansel & Gretel, and Rownie is as brave as Percy Jackson in The Lightning Thief. I can't wait to read more!
Thank you to Lauren Pires of Simon & Schuster Audio for letting me review this book, it was great!