- By Juman Malouf

The Trilogy of Two

  • Title: The Trilogy of Two
  • Author: Juman Malouf
  • ISBN: 9780399171147
  • Page: 234
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Trilogy of Two Identical twins Sonja and Charlotte are musical prodigies with extraordinary powers Born on All Hallows Eve the girls could play music before they could walk They were found one night by Tatty the T

    Identical twins Sonja and Charlotte are musical prodigies with extraordinary powers Born on All Hallows Eve, the girls could play music before they could walk They were found one night by Tatty, the Tattooed Lady of the circus, in a pail on her doorstep with only a note and a heart shaped locket They ve been with Tatty ever since, roaming the Outskirts in the circus carIdentical twins Sonja and Charlotte are musical prodigies with extraordinary powers Born on All Hallows Eve, the girls could play music before they could walk They were found one night by Tatty, the Tattooed Lady of the circus, in a pail on her doorstep with only a note and a heart shaped locket They ve been with Tatty ever since, roaming the Outskirts in the circus caravans, moving from place to place.But lately, curious things have started to happen when they play their instruments During one of their performances, the girls accidentally levitate their entire audience, drawing too much unwanted attention Soon, ominous Enforcers come after them, and Charlotte and Sonja must embark on a perilous journey through enchanted lands in hopes of unlocking the secrets of their mysterious past.

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    1. *i received a free copy of this book from Penguin-Random house in exchange for review. All opinions are my own!*This might even be more like a 4.5 IDEK.I really really REALLY liked this book. It was whimsical and magical and very different from other things I've read. It's a quirky and weird but overall wonderful middle grade fantasy book with an interesting plot and some great characters. The two main characters are twins names Charlotte and Sonja who have an incredible knack for playing instru [...]

    2. I am going to rate this one two stars, as there should be more two star reviews here, but really Juman Malouf's The Trilogy of Two is a solid 2.5. It is not a great book, but it also was not unenjoyable. I am not going to try too hard to summarize the plot. Essentially, a destined set of magical twelve-year-old twins are constantly on the run as they gather the forces of good for a final battle with the antagonists. Many magical places and characters are involved. It is quite the stuffed book.My [...]

    3. Oh how I disliked this book. So much potential, but very little to show for it. It starts out really well too, with the opening scene immediately gripping you and making you want to learn more about the twins and who they are and where they come from. It immediately sets the tone with the characterization, illustrating who is who and contrasting the twins so you quickly realize that although they are identical in looks, they are nothing alike in character. What we know so far at this point, the [...]

    4. 1. Reminded me of the following books: Lord of the Rings, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Mysteries of Harris Burdick, Chronicles of Narnia, Geek Love2. I felt like I knew this world because the author gave us a 360 degree look around. At all times during the text I understood what was in front of me. All five senses were being used.3. Two complaints about this book: 1) that I never felt like it breathed. It was non-stop from beginning to end. Is that completely bad? 2) The girls were 12 a [...]

    5. This was pretty damn amazing. I kept getting that same thrill I first had when reading The Golden Compass. So many quirky characters and whimsical places were explored. My favorite characters kept changing (I settled on Sonja, the more serious of the two twins) and the action in this book never really slows down. Definitely recommend this to fellow fans of fantasy. The rich illustrations were the best part! I'm hoping she'll write another because there was so much more I want to know about.

    6. Rating this novel was not easy.I'm of several dozen minds about The Trilogy of Two, and each mind has formed its own opinion and star rating. I decided to average them all out into three.Below are spoilers and a breakdown of a book that I both liked and thought needed serious editing--and yet I still am glad it wasn't edited. OH IT'S COMPLICATED.Overview: So this is actually a dystopian novel. It is also a fantasy novel two shades away from high fantasy. It is also an urban fantasy. It is a ques [...]

    7. I attempted reading this twice. The first time, I stopped around 70 pages because I wasn't feeling the story. I took a break and eventually got back to it. I read it quite quickly. It's a Middle Grade book and light. However, it did not appease me. I get it, millions of fantasy books are out there, but still you find some that are really great. This wasn't. The author does have imagination, but I was not sold by any of the points. Let's break it down further:The characters are the most annoying [...]

    8. Oh, dear. I so very wanted to love this. Twins who have musical superpowers! As a twin who finds music to be the tiny little heart beating inside my own, I was compelled to read this right awayd then, after a few pages, I just felt l like I had to finish it out of some sort of duty to myself.This book was like a nightmare for me in so many ways. The writing was very elementary and predictable, and showed way too much. I wondered if it was because I hadn't read a YA book in a while, but authors l [...]

    9. I did not like this book. The twins were annoying and bratty. More so than I would expect 12 year olds to be (and I've taught middle school). Some of the events came out of left field. Wolf Boy is the only one not given a "real" name. A normal name is given to everyone else, but Wolf Boy gets Wolf Boy as his nameal creative considering he can shape shift into a wolf. There was no depth to the book. I couldn't get into the world of the Seven Edens. It had so much potential, but missed the mark ti [...]

    10. This book deals with a set of identical twin girls who have special gifts relating to music and they perform in the circus. THeir "mother" is the tatooed woman, but her tatoos are actually a map to the 7 realms that exist in their world. The description of the 7 realms reminded me of the description of Narnia in the Magician's nephew. There are such an interesting variety of characters! I like that the evil ones are clearly evil and good are clearly good.

    11. I sought this out on audio because of the reader and with no knowledge of the plot. I was surprised when the book turned out to be a pretty complex fantasy tale, but pleasantly so. I wish the girls could have been girls without love interests, which would have, for me, strengthened the whole thing. (Also, they were 11. Why was one getting engaged?!) Otherwise, very entertaining.

    12. The Trilogy of Two is an engaging story about twin sisters who live with the circus. They are accomplished musicians, but strange things tend to happen when they play onstage. One day they find that their talents are completely gone. They go on a journey to try and retrieve them. This story was very well told and had the strong message of standing out of the crowd.

    13. I very much wanted to like this book, based on the gorgeous cover alone. The story seems like a good one, with lots of interesting characters and an adventure, but I couldn't get past the very simplistic prose. I think this would be a great book for reluctant, young readers who are interested in fantasy, dystopias, and adventure.

    14. I may have rated it higher directly after listening to it, but I now only have vague recollections of the story. I do remember it feeling a bit slow, but not terrible overall.

    15. I waffled between rating this as 2 or 3 and eventually decided on 2. I really liked the concept, both of the story itself and the world. I liked the dynamics between the core character family (Sonja, Charlotte, Tatty, Uncle Tell, Alexandria). I found the illustrations to be wonderful additions to the story, especially once I found out that the illustrations were drawn by the author, and they were a surprising addition to the story. Overall, "The Trilogy of Two" felt like a cross between Catheryn [...]

    16. a book with a wonderful starting point that just never got me to care about the characters it almost seemed like the story was created to fill in around the pictures mystery twins, mystery worlds, changelings, magical stuff what could go wrong with those elements?!? meh twins were written too simply mystery worlds were rather sparse changelings were the best part, but seemed kitschy of course, the love interest angle HAD to be pursued UGH ICK GAG BLECH why can't female heroines just be themselve [...]

    17. This book was perilously close to being a 1/5, and for so many legitimate reasons which I will now lay out for you in relatively bulleted form because a) my notes are written that way and b) even though they'll probably end up being paragraphs anyway, it allows me to feel like I don't HAVE to write in paragraphs.1) I think the biggest challenge I had while reading this book was trying to piece all of the elements together because quite frankly, there was way too much going on. Nothing at all see [...]

    18. The story is told in three parts and the first part I really enjoyed. I loved that the main characters were twins yet so different from one another. I also got wonderful vibes from the setting and the circus. As the story continued it just got weirder and weirder and not in a good way. I tried giving it the benefit of the doubt and actually completed it, which was surprising. What kept me going were the awesome illustrations littered throughout the story. This is marketed to a middle-grade audie [...]

    19. *This review contains spoilers*I can't say I disliked it, but it had some weird gender stuff that kept me from really enjoying it. But it's an imaginative story, not something I've seen before. A dystopia for the not-quite-teenage set. **SPOILERS****SPOILERS****SPOILERS****SPOILERS****SPOILERS****SPOILERS****SPOILERS****SPOILERS****SPOILERS****SPOILERS**I hated that Charlotte's main flaw was that she was boy crazy. She grows during the story, but for most of it her main motivation is seeing a bo [...]

    20. I felt a mix of different feelings while reading this book, but in the end it was enjoyable.At first, my biggest problem with the story was that the twins, Charlotte and Sonja, had their Talents and magic taken away from them too early. The girls live in a traveling circus with their guardian and "mother" Tatty along with other circus members and their Uncle Tell, the fortune teller. In the beginning all that is known is that they are musical prodigies, but their natural born talent causes havoc [...]

    21. This book was okay. I agree with some of the other reviews: too many characters, in too many settings, too fast. I also couldn't decide which twin I liked better. I like Charlotte's personality better sometimes, and the fact that she played piano (which I do), but I couldn't get over her boy-craziness. I decided I liked Sonja, who is more serious (but also very crabby).The basic summary of the book is there are two twin girls, Charlotte and Sonja, who are members of a circus. They were abandoned [...]

    22. I really wanted to like this book; it has everything I seem to love -- YA, circuses, fairy-tales -- but I just found the main characters so one-sided I couldn't get over it. The story follows a set of twins who were given up at birth and adopted by a tattooed lady in a circus. The book seems to take place in the future, where buildings are thousands of buildings tall and only those who are quite poor, live on the ground - where the circus is. The twins are musically gifted, until one night their [...]

    23. *2.5 Stars*I disagree with all of the other reviews of this book that exist right now. Malouf's illustrations are the best part of The Trilogy of Two. Malouf clearly works hard to build worlds and characters who would probably be more successful with the target audience of middle grade fantasy fans. For me, the story jerks and jolts between settings and tropes, and the twins become so insufferable that I could hardly stomach their dialogue. Though Sonja and Charlotte triumph in the end, they rep [...]

    24. Imagine a potion being made In the swirling mist are elemnts of Lemony Snicket, Miss Pegregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, a g rated Clockwork Orange, and a g rated version of American Horror Story Freak Show well you have The Trilogy of Two. Malouf got a degree in costume and set design and her illustrations are proof for the pudding. That would be the only thing that marred the book. I really got into the illustrations more than the story. Charlotte and Sonja are identical twins born on All [...]

    25. This book was confusing to say the least. It wanted to be fantasy with its cool races, worlds and stories, but ended up being more Dystopian. The main characters weren't relatable, had their fair share of angst and were rather whiny (I actually liked some of the side characters more than the twins (view spoiler)[ (namely Wolf Boy)(hide spoiler)] more than them), and the characters I didn't enjoy were too aggressive or snarky to be ones I didn't have a strong opinion about.The action did keep goi [...]

    26. A triumph of a first novel, Trilogy of Two is everything I loved about fantasy novels when I was an adolescent. The book is fun to read and the illustrations are beautiful, the way they were incorporated throughout the text reminded me of Lewis Carroll's first edition of Alice and Wonderland. Malouf is able to create characters and worlds you are interested in and can easily visualize, even without the help of the illustrations. The Twins are protagonists you can be invested in, and their trials [...]

    27. 2.5 stars. I plan to write a more in-depth review, but basically this was an excellent idea executed poorly. Plot holes, lazy plot devices, stilted writing filled with an unimaginative vocabulary and rookie mistakes (Seriously, I don't think there's a single "she said" in the entire book. Everything is "she screamed", "he hissed", "he rumbled", "she retorted." Kids are so imaginative, there's no need to fill in all the emotions for them, they're quite astute at doing so themselves.) , and severa [...]

    28. This story has elements that are amazing. The author has created something new and fantastical in a world that is full of reboots and reused ideas. It's magical, pure and simple. But it's definitely a middle-grade book. The twins are young and it carries out in almost everything they do. Charlotte is so obsessed with boys that it gets old and tiresome. Sonja is rude and argumentative to a point that it seems an odd and out-of-place tactic. There are some parts of this book, which I really did li [...]

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