Monday, February 9, 2015

The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Interrupted Tale - Book 4

Written by: Maryrose Wood
Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
Format: Unabridged Audiobook
Reading Level : Ages 8-10

Of especially naughty children it is sometimes said, "They must have been raised by wolves."

The Incorrigible children actually were.

Turning 16 is a bittersweet occasion for Miss Penelope Lumley: Her parents remain disappointingly absent, and her perfectly nice young playwright friend, Simon Harley-Dickinson, has not been heard from since he went to visit his ailing great-uncle Pudge in the old sailors' home in Brighton.

Luckily, an invitation to speak at the annual Celebrate Alumnae Knowledge Exposition (or CAKE) at the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females provides just the diversion Penelope needs.

Optoomuchstic as ever, Penelope hopes to give her CAKE talk, see some old friends, and show off the Incorrigible children to Miss Mortimer, but instead she finds her beloved school in an uproar. And when Penelope is asked by the Swanburne Academy board of trustees to demonstrate the academic progress of her three wolfish students so the board can judge the true worth of a Swanburne education, the future of her alma mater - and of her job as governess to the Incorrigibles - hangs in the balance.

My thoughts:

I started listening to this series quite some time back. It really is a great book. There is always excitement, drama and mystery. The main characters are really lovable. If you are listening to the audiobook version, better. The narrator is super excellent in bringing the characters come to life.

As much as I loved this series though, I was hoping that the mysterious plot would come to an end in book 4. At this stage I just want the suspense to be over and the plot revealed completely.

I didn’t realize until I visited the authors website recently that this is a six part series. SIX! Might be a little too much and make the storyline too drawn out. Nevertheless, I still love this series and am looking forward to read the fifth book when it’s out.

Apparently book five, The Unmapped Sea will be released sometime in April this year. I do hope that the author will be able to keep up the excitement and suspense in the next book so that it doesn’t become a draggy read leading to book six. 

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