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Content Review: The Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafon


    The Prince of Mist
  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; First American Edition edition (May 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316044776
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316044776
It's war time, and the Carver family decides to leave the capital where they live and move to a small coastal village where they've recently bought a home. But from the minute they cross the threshold, strange things begin to happen. In that mysterious house still lurks the spirit of Jacob, the previous owners' son, who died by drowning. With the help of their new friend Roland, Max and Alicia Carver begin to explore the strange circumstances of that death and discover the existence of a mysterious being called the Prince of Mist--a diabolical character who has returned from the shadows to collect on a debt from the past. Soon the three friends find themselves caught up in an adventure of sunken ships and an enchanted stone garden--an adventure that will change their lives forever.

Sexual Content:
Minor
    -Max sees his sister and Roland laying on the beach together kissing.
    -Roland thinks about how he likes watching Alicia's body when she's swimming.

Language:
Mild
    4 God
    2 Damn
    1 Hell

Violence:
Moderate
    -An evil magician trades young people a wish for a favor.  The favor usually involves something bad (having them set a house on fire, agreeing to give up their first-born child etc.)
    -Various creepy things happen to the kids.  A cat behaves bizarrely and causes a girl to fall down the steps sending her to the hospital for a long time.  A clown terrorizes the kids.  Statues of different things attack the kids.  Strange things underwater try to pull the kids under and drown them.  etc.  
    -The book has some pretty intense scary moments, but nothing very graphic or gory.


Was it any good?
    I didn't care for this book.  I thought it was pretty boring.  A lot of it didn't make sense or wasn't resolved.  But if you like scary books, you may be interested in this one.  Blog Review


Rating:
4 out of 10

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