REVIEW: The House With a Clock in Its Walls by John Bellairs

Like Eva Ibbotson’s kids books, John Bellairs books harken back to a time when you could comfortably terrify kids and not get too worked up about it. In my review notes I said that JB is the “gothic Diana Wynne Jones,” and I stand by that. His books are atmospherically scary– maybe nothing PHYSICALLY scary happens, but they’re full of tension, gothic horror, and other fun stuff. (I think they’d make kick-ass movies, too!) The Read More …

The Treasure of Alpheus Winterborn by John Bellairs

I won this book from Jenny at Jenny’s Books and it came in the mail last week! John Bellairs is one of my favorite authors– I love the Lewis Barnavelt series– and Brad Strickland, who became his ghostwriter after Mr. Bellairs died, isn’t so bad either. Unfortunately The Treasure of Alpheus Winterborn wasn’t as good as some of his other books. It’s not bad, but it’s just a little bit too 1970’s to be completely Read More …