Jaide and Jack are waiting for Dad to come home. When his suitcase falls open and they pick up a metal rod the house explodes and a series of events happen that sends them to Grandma X's house. They are troubletwisters and must learn to control their powers. The problem is no one really wants to tell them exactly what those powers are or how to control them. When the evil villian threatens to take over their minds and bodies they are forced to teach themselves with a little help from two talking cats.
I usually like Garth Nix but this book is not my favorite. The beginning has a promising start but it slows down in the middle before picking up again at the end. Not all the questions are answered such as the twin seen in the photo of their dad or how they will control their powers. It is obvious that there will be a sequel. The characters argue and don't trust each other and the names are odd: Grandma X, Jaidith, Jackaran, The Evil. There is plenty of action at the end and some scary parts with zombie-like creatures trying to kill the twins.
There's no reading level (I'd put it between 5 and 6). Grades 3-7
:-) :-) :-) 3 out of 5 Smileys