Publisher: Random House
Source: Random House Audio for Review
5 of 5 stars
Background: The great great great great grand nephews of the famous Edgar Allan Poe are Edgar and Allan Poe, twins that share his love of the dark, creepy, and unusual. They are also quite unusual themselves, while twins, and really two separate people, they are interchangeable, and share one mind. They know what the other one knows instantly, as soon as his brother learns, and there is a secret organization that seems to be after them.
Review: The Tell Tale Start was a great listen. At a three hour length on audiobook, it wasn't too long or too short and kept my attention the whole way through. Edgar and Allan are two characters but they are one, they do everything together and are almost exactly the same. They are funny and sarcastic and always keep people one their toes. They were witty and fun and that is what made this book great. The plot was not super anxiety ridden or suspenseful, but had a good pace and flowed very well. This is a wonderful start to a fun series for middle-graders. I think that parents will be happy to know that the Poe boys are smart and they are good role models for being educated, but maybe a little too smart making them often troublemakers. Too smart for their own good almost.
I thought it was a great combination and I am excited for this series to continue.
Recommended for Middle Grade readers both boys and girls should enjoy it.