Winterborne Home for Mayhem and Mystery

Ally Carter returns with her sequel Batman meets Orphans middle grade series. Now that the kids, including April, know about Gabriel Winterborne, and the plot of his uncle, they’ll quickly realize there may be others out there that want to bring them harm. This is another story of mischief, found family, big homes and secrets, and ultimately I gave it 3.4 stars because it was good, but tried to complicate the story a bit too much in too many ways.

In book 1, which you can read my review of here, long-time “orphan” April ends up at Winterborne home, ends up discovering Gabriel Winterborne the lost Winterborne, and finds out his family’s legacy of being the Sentinel. Oh, and she and her cohort of orphans survive the mastermind that is Gabriel’s uncle and his murderous plans.

In book 2, Izzy is gone, the orphans are trying to stay together with CPS knocking on the door, and Gabriel is being his usual grumpy self. April is trying to figure out what’s going on, who the fake Sentinel is, and who is breaking into Winteborne Home. Then, a robber shows up that creates a LOT of drama.

I liked this book, but I felt like it got kind of lost. The parentage question, Izzy still missing and never solved, more living Winterbornes, etc. It gets kind of messy, and if I was a middle grade reader, I’d be like “cool…but what the heck is happening?”

Though the lil cliffhanger question at the end was GREAT.

I’m glad to know there will be more books in this series, but I just wasn’t blown away by this sequel. The first book is definitely the strongest so far!

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