I enjoyed this second book in the series better than the first one. It was still definitely a children’s story, but it had more meat to it and I put a lot more thought into the story as I read it than I had put into the first one. There were a few different strange things going on, and a variety of people who seemed like they could potentially be responsible, so I had more fun trying to figure out what was going on.
I also continued to enjoy the characters, aside of course from the ones who were supposed to be annoying or unlikeable. The characters tend to be a bit black-and-white, maybe. I’d like to see some characters with a little more gray, but sometimes it’s also fun to be able to root for the “good guys” unreservedly.
I have a few other random thoughts that I’ll put in spoiler tags. Some are major spoilers, some are minor, and some probably aren’t spoilers at all, but I wanted to play it safe and these thoughts wouldn’t mean much to anybody who hasn’t read the books anyway.