The creativity and delivery alone is worth this rating. In Rapacia, the sequel to Heck, we find Milton alive and not so well as he tries to adjust to being the freak that has come back to life. It seems that no one, not even his parents, knows how to deal with his sudden to return to the land of the living. And where do we find Marlo? Moved to Rapacia, of course. There, Grabbit is in charge we'll just say that he's probably a metal cousin of the Mad Hatter. Rapacia is the place where the kids learn about wants and greed.
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The types of classes that y In Rapacia, the sequel to Heck, we find Milton alive and not so well as he tries to adjust to being the freak that has come back to life. The types of classes that you would expect in Heck are here, taught by the teachers that you'd expect. The kids are also introduced to Mallvana -- it's probably just what you imagine it to be, Nirvana for kids, in Mall format. Frankly, what is happening in the land of the living is far freakier than what is happening down in Heck -- at least for the first half of the book.
Milton is stalked, meets the curator of a paranormal mall, hooks up with a lawyer who is beyond questionable, gets mixed up with a cult -- and that's a relatively nice fairly spoiler free way to explain it. I've got to say Milton's life in Heck seemed a lot easier than life on earth. At least, his second chance at life. So yup, it's another wild ride for all involved. Not all of it good. It did seem a bit confusing in places. It was a little weird in that sense. And, of course I do want to see how those unresolved issues are dealt with. Nov 13, Conan Tigard rated it really liked it.
For the first half of the book, Milton is a live boy again living in the normal world. At first, I wasn't sure how I liked this turn of events. I wanted both of the kids to be in Heck, struggling to survive. But in the end, it turned out okay as Milton, unfortunately for him as he dies again, returns to Heck.
I did feel sorry for his mom for losing her son and daughter. The book is choked full of p Rapacia: The book is choked full of puns, I thought a few too many, that will make young readers smile and possibly laugh out loud.
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We all know that Marlo went to Heck for lying and shoplifting, and it was great to finally see her in action in Mallvana. I love the different teachers in Heck, usually famous people from history. The pace of the story is quick and the book is full of entertainment for both young and older readers alike. Then there is the bully, Damien.
Nobody likes a bully, and Damien is the worst of the worst. I just hope that someday Milton will be able to stand up to this brute of a kid and punch Damien in the nose. Boy, wouldn't that be something? The Second Circle of Heck is a wonderful addition to the Heck series and quite and excellent story. Basye almost makes me wish I had died as a kid and gone to Heck. It really doesn't seem to be that "bad" of a place and it even seem like it could be a lot of fun. I wonder what adventures Marlo and Milton will have in the third book in the Heck series entitled Blimpo: The Third Circle of Heck?
Looks like I am going to have to wait until July of to find out. I rated this book an 8 out of Jan 15, Kimberly Ann rated it liked it Shelves: Second Circle of Heck , by Dale E. Milton has escaped from Heck, "where bad kids go". Marlo is sent down to Rapacia, the 2nd level where the greedy kids go and is in the thrall of Vice-principle Grabbit. Who chants in rhymes: So much for you to long for; the rub is that you can't have it. Feeling empty 'cuz you want more?
That's my job, for I'm the Grabbit" There's Mallvana: If you're in Heck, you might be allowed to shop till you drop, but the Grabbit gets all your loot. Due to the fact that Milton escaped and has come back to life Hell has sent an envoy of Lucifer's up to Heck to repair the damage done Hence the plan to import the "Hopeless Diamonds", which the Grabbit wants to get its greedy little paws on.
Milton's trying to figure out how to bring back Marlo. Marlo is trying to figure out how to escape, but as she is in the Grabbit's thrall In the process, Milton gets killed and ends up back in Heck I gave this book only 3. I am starting on Blimpo: The Third Circle of Heck and I hope to be able to finish the series Jan 07, Lisa Ard rated it liked it.
Basye to explore the underworld through the eyes of Marlo and Milton - sister and brother who met an untimely demise in a shopping mall with a giant marshmallow in book one. Now the two are back and forth from the living to the dead and through the various circles of the underworld.
These circles are a reference I picked this up off my year old son's shelf as part of Deb Marshall's Marvelous Middle-Grade Marathon readathon. These circles are a reference to Dante's Inferno and the nine circles of suffering might we expect nine books? I considered this book above middle grade based on language and content.
Readers should be sophisticated, well-read and worldly. This is not a good book for a readathon, as it certainly shouldn't be rushed. One must savor every pun the lawyer Mr. Cole refers to Cole's Law , wordplay, literary reference, cynicism the long-dead pirate queen teaching corporate strategy says "thars scarce little diff'rence between bein' a pirate and runnin' yer own corporation. Fer one, there's hostile takeovers" and pop culture reference. Kudos to the brain that can find this many funnies and insert them into a smooth tale of greed, rivalry, and adventure down below.
Jul 24, Hollowspine rated it liked it. The sequel to "Heck: Where the Bad Kids Go," takes place mainly in Rapacia the 2nd circle of Heck where the covetous greedy children are sent. Having died while attempting to perpetrate the theiving of a canoe Marlo Fauster is quite rightfully shipped off to Rapacia, where she meets the Grabbit, the vice-principal of Heck, an extremely greedy metal rabbit statue.
Enthralled by the Grabbit's mysterious power Marlo finds herself embroiled in a heckish power grab. She becomes the leader of a gang o The sequel to "Heck: She becomes the leader of a gang of rather pathetic outlaws and the grabbits right hand greedy girl. Milton meanwhile is trying to re-adjust to his Earthly body, but finds himself coming up short. Of etheric engergies to be specific. Of course, he ends up doing his best to help Marlo in Rapacia, but I'll leave it to the book to inform just how. I found the book to be very funny, witty and well plotted. I enjoyed the new characters as well as the hijinks of those we'd met before.
I'll continue to greedily grab up these books I'm sure, up next something sure to sate me, the third ring of heck, Blimpo. Sep 10, Keli rated it liked it Shelves: This high-action, high-vocab level book is well suited to readers who are above reading level. The puns are non-ending and often clever. For example, in the heavenly shopping mall, the store Cleanliness is next to the store Godliness. As sometimes happens with a juveline title, most of the characters are more like characatures.
This cheeky novel is far more interested in humor and action than in character development. One warning, despite the Judeo-Christian themes this book is probably too irre This high-action, high-vocab level book is well suited to readers who are above reading level. One warning, despite the Judeo-Christian themes this book is probably too irreverent for the highly religious. Sep 30, Maria rated it it was amazing. Rapacia is where greedy kids go when they die. Marlo, being a seasoned kleptomaniac is sent to this circle of heck. Marlo is forced to steal 2 dimonds for her creepy vice princial , a metal rabbit, cale the grabbit.
Can they escape from Bubb again? Feb 16, Chris rated it liked it.
The 2nd book in this series that seems loosely based on Dante's Inferno continues to follow the goings on of Marlo and Milton Fauster get it, Milton? Damian continues to be a thorn in their side, but his pursuit of Milton leads to a suprising ending to be continued in the next book, I'm sure Principal Bubb is joined by Vice Principal Grabbit, a metal bunny that is out to seriously change the world as t The 2nd book in this series that seems loosely based on Dante's Inferno continues to follow the goings on of Marlo and Milton Fauster get it, Milton?
Principal Bubb is joined by Vice Principal Grabbit, a metal bunny that is out to seriously change the world as they know it. Pretty fun read, so will be interesting to see what comes next for these kiddos. Jan 04, Tasha Mahoney rated it really liked it Shelves: The second book in the series was nothing like we expected it to be as my son and I had discussed what we thought would happen in a discussion over the pre read.
It was better than we ever imagined it could be. It's fun to see what kind of mayhem these kids find themselves in. The series is very "Little Monsters" meets "Beetlejuice" and has you turning the pages so quickly before you know it the story takes on a life of its own you can't crawl out of until the last page is turned. Let's make it 3. Now this second book gives more meaning to the first book. You realize that it's just a goofy "trivial pursuit" kind of history book wrapped around the strangest creatures and place imaginable.
Many more characters and a better flow than it's predecessor no toilets this time. Still funny, stupid, punny, scary, etc but a great adventure. I'm off to hear the third in the series I hope it doesn't stop at book 3 though as it's a hilariously silly good series.
May 24, Kristin rated it really liked it Shelves: Don't think the intended audience will actually understand some of the references Jun 30, Melissa Schneider rated it liked it Shelves: Milton and Marlo are in for the ride of their lives or afterlives when another one of Marlo's trouble-making schemes ends with a giant marshmallow explosion which leads to their untimely deaths.
With a zany cast of characters and some wild adventures, this is not your average afterlife! Dec 10, Magnus rated it it was amazing. Mitlon Fauster wanted to escape heck and managed to do it, but with her brother gone, Marlo Fauster is the only sibling left in Heck. So she is sent to Rapacia, where the greedy kids go and has a hard time getting along with the other girls.
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Then the vice principle of Rapacia asks the girls to steal three of the most valuable diamonds in the city. Will they get all the diamonds back to the Principle? Heck Book 2 is about trustworthiness, bravery and helpfulness. Aug 09, Heather rated it liked it Shelves: The book is completely full of puns, which are often funny, and sometimes over the top. At times, it felt like the puns were trying too hard to move the story along.
The second half dragged a bit for me, but still had some entertaining characters, notably the Kooks. I didn't like it quite as much as the first book, but I am intrigued to see where the series goes from here. The Evil Wizard Smallbone.
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