The Little Grey Girl – Celine Kiernan

Little Grey GirlAfter defeating the Raggedy Witches and banishing the Queen, Mup’s mother, Mup and family have moved to this world permanently.  Mup’s powerful mother has to rebuild a kingdom beginning with regaining trust of the people and it looks like the Queen has cast a curse on the land.  Meanwhile Mup is the only one to see a shadow of a little grey girl who darts about scribbling on the walls.  Turns out she is a ghost or spirit who has for many many years, absorbed the sadness, grief, and turmoil of those in the dungeons.  Touching those scribbles paralyzes anyone near with grief.  It’s up to Mup to save everyone.

I dearly loved the first book in the series.  It was unique, witty and engaging.  As with most second books in a trilogy, this one lacked zing.  We already know the world and characters, so there is nothing new.  This story takes place over a day or two at most.  There is very little of any of the characters except for Mup.  The plot really didn’t set things up for the next book – it just was.  I still highly recommend the first book, Begone the Raggedy Witches, but this second book has little to offer in furthering the story.  I look forward to reading the next book to see if the excitement from the first book can be recaptured.

eGalley review                                                                 Publication date 9.3.19

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