The First Escape, by GP Taylor

firstescapeSadie and Saskia Dopple are twins in a nasty boarding home for orphans. They are separated when a wealthy woman named Muzz Elliott decides to adopt Saskia. Sadie then escapes from the boarding home with their friend Erik Ganger. Many escapades ensue, including running away from police, a bloodhound, and a crazy magician, while Saskia has her own group of villains to deal with, as well as a mystery surrounding an evil seance.

So…I’m in two minds about this book. On the one hand, it was very fun to read, and I love that both Crowley and Yeats were at the seance!! It was spooky and fun, and I love the juxtaposition of half-text half-graphics (like Hugo Cabret). On the other hand, the twins and Erik were all awful characters, and actually I’m not sure there were any characters I liked in here. If the twins had been good people rather than little monsters, I might have felt sorry for them, but I didn’t. Also, I was split about the artwork, which was beautiful when drawing scenery and not my favorite when drawing the people. In the end, this was just a middle-of-the-road sort of book, and I doubt I’ll read further into the series.

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