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The Strange and Deadly Portraits of Bryony Gray (2018. Auflage)

von E. Latimer (Autor)

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Lemony Snicket meets Oscar Wilde meets Edgar Allan Poe in this exciting and scary middle-grade novel inspired by The Picture of Dorian Gray -- a family curse is unleashed! Bryony Gray is becoming famous as a painter in London art circles. But life isn't so grand. Her uncle keeps her locked in the attic, forcing her to paint for his rich clients . . . and now her paintings are taking on a life of their own, and customers are going missing under mysterious circumstances. When her newest painting escapes the canvas and rampages through the streets of London, Bryony digs into her family history, discovering some rather scandalous secrets her uncle has been keeping, including a deadly curse she's inherited from her missing father. Bryony has accidentally unleashed the Gray family curse, and it's spreading fast. With a little help from the strange-but-beautiful girl next door and her paranoid brother, Bryony sets out to break the curse, dodging bloodthirsty paintings, angry mobs and her wicked uncle along the way.… (mehr)
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Titel:The Strange and Deadly Portraits of Bryony Gray
Autoren:E. Latimer (Autor)
Info:Tundra Books (2018), 336 pages
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Bryony is an 11-year-old girl with an incredible talent for painting. Her aunt and uncle exploit this talent by keeping her locked in the attic doing nothing but painting. A rumor starts going around that people whose portraits she has painted disappear. When a portrait subject steps out of a painting in the attic, Bryony has to find the paint-woman and figure out how to stop paint-people from taking over London. With the help of the kids from next door, Bryony searches for her mysterious patron, in the hopes he will be able to fix everything.

Here we have a middle-grade version of Oscar Wilde’s A Portrait of Dorian Gray; something I wasn’t aware that I needed, but now wish for more. Bryony is a great character. She is hopeful, yet learning to navigate the world outside of her family’s clutches. The book doesn’t shy away from showing the effects of her trauma, but also goes the distance to show that recovery is possible. I love the relationship she develops with the two other children, that Bryony has a bit of a crush on one of them and a rockier start with the other. This book is great for middle grade and young adult readers who enjoy horror fiction, or strange, uncanny happenings. ( )
  Jessiqa | Jun 27, 2019 |
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Bryony Gray is an orphan who lives with her aunt and uncle. Her mother died when Bryony was very young and no one will speak about her father. She is locked in her aunt and uncle's attic where she spends her time painting portraits. She is quite the young prodigy. Lately, there have been terrible news articles connecting her paintings with the disappearance of those who sit for her. Considering her father was considered cursed, and no one wants to speak of him, Bryony must draw her own conclusions. She has a patron who sends her all kinds of painting supplies. She has come to believe that her father is truly alive, and he is in fact her benefactor. One day during a sittiing Bryony throws a tantrum that sets evil into motion. While painting a lady who is acting spoiled and impatient; and having her aunt stand over her shoulder yelling at her, Bryony has had enough. She destroys the painting by ruining it with her paints. This sets into motion an evil like the city has never seen. Realizing she can leave the house, Bryony goes to the museum to discover that the paintings have come to life in a horrible way. She also discovers her neighbors who become her friends. Will they live long enough to figure out what the curse is all about and how to break it? Is it possible that there is something even more evil behind the evil destroying the city?

I loved this book. It was creepy, there were several different story lines going that all connected smoothly at the end. I would definitely read more by this author. ( )
  skstiles612 | Jan 1, 2019 |
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Latimer's greatest strength in "Bryony Gray" is atmosphere. The London setting is well drawn, full of vivid descriptions of stuffy attics, splendid houses and galleries and restaurants, and other period-appropriate locales. Latimer gives these a spooky, creepy twist that is quite appealing.

Less appealing are the characters, which read to me as one-dimensional tropes rather than living, breathing people. The villains are mustache-twirlingly villainous -- Bryony even comments on this herself, at one point -- and the heroes are unflinchingly courageous, colored by the One Thing that makes them distinct.

The plot wanders and meanders, with lots of fits and starts that allow the reader to see the narrative rails on which the plot runs. Bryony is a character that things happen to, but only rarely does she take real agency of her own. When she does, it is often because the story requires it. Despite her being the heroine, I was left on many occasions with the distinct impression that she is not really a very nice person, and only the shine on her Hero Armor keeps the reader on her side.

There is also a heavy reliance on a certain work of literature, making this novel a sort of sequel. The biggest problem is that in both style and content, it doesn't hold up, leaving me with a desire to simply reread that classic work.

I don't mean to be overly negative. There is certainly enough quality content in this book to engage members of its target audience, and I'll likely keep my copy on my bookshelf, ready to recommend to young adults of an appropriate character. Latimer is an author worth watching. ( )
  shabacus | Jul 2, 2018 |
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The most peculiar things always happen to Bryony Gray. As if it isn’t bad enough that her uncle keeps her locked in the attic, forcing her to paint for his rich clients, she’s becoming rather well known in the art world… since all her customers seem to go missing.
This book is aimed at middle graders and I’m very happy to say it does not “talk” down to its intended age group, instead the writing and characters are intelligent and competent and still manage to act in a way that seems age appropriate.
The book has a good balance of action, humor and creepy horror and I found it to be very well paced. At no point did the story seem to drag or feel rushed. My only real complaint was the main villain, their motivations and overall ending of the story felt a bit flat, a bit to…pedestrian for lack of a better word and kind of undid the eerie atmosphere the story had going for it up until then.
A slightly weak ending aside, this was a very strong book and I have to admit that I went into this book blind so the main “twist” was unknown to me and it took me way longer than it should have to clue into Bryony’s family, the author did a great job folding that into the story without beating you over the head with it. I really, really enjoyed this book and strongly recommend it, not just for middle grade ages but for any age. ( )
  Kellswitch | May 16, 2018 |
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Bryony Gray is very quickly becoming a well-known painter in London, but her life is anything but glamorous. Her wicked uncle keeps her locked in the attic, making her paint portraits for his wealthy friends. Something bizarre is happening now and her paintings are strangling coming to life. While researching her family history, Bryony uncovers some disturbing family secrets and, in the process, unlocks an old, horrifying family curse.

With the help of her friends, Bryony is determined to discover why her clients are suddenly disappearing under mysterious circumstances. Can she find the answers she seeks before her treacherous uncle silences her forever?

A dark, delightful story with a middle school audience twist on The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde will leave young readers sleeping with the lights on! ( )
  RavenShoe | May 13, 2018 |
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Lemony Snicket meets Oscar Wilde meets Edgar Allan Poe in this exciting and scary middle-grade novel inspired by The Picture of Dorian Gray -- a family curse is unleashed! Bryony Gray is becoming famous as a painter in London art circles. But life isn't so grand. Her uncle keeps her locked in the attic, forcing her to paint for his rich clients . . . and now her paintings are taking on a life of their own, and customers are going missing under mysterious circumstances. When her newest painting escapes the canvas and rampages through the streets of London, Bryony digs into her family history, discovering some rather scandalous secrets her uncle has been keeping, including a deadly curse she's inherited from her missing father. Bryony has accidentally unleashed the Gray family curse, and it's spreading fast. With a little help from the strange-but-beautiful girl next door and her paranoid brother, Bryony sets out to break the curse, dodging bloodthirsty paintings, angry mobs and her wicked uncle along the way.

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