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Inspired by Hispanic folklore, legends, and myths from the Iberian Peninsula and Central and South America, this bold sequel to Charlie Hernández & the League of Shadows, which Booklist called “a perfect pick for kids who love Rick Riordan” in a starred review, follows Charlie as he continues on his quest to embrace his morphling identity. Charlie Hernandez still likes Inspired by Hispanic folklore, legends, and myths from the Iberian Peninsula and Central and South America, this bold sequel to Charlie Hernández & the League of Shadows, which Booklist called “a perfect pick for kids who love Rick Riordan” in a starred review, follows Charlie as he continues on his quest to embrace his morphling identity. Charlie Hernandez still likes to think of himself as a normal kid. But what’s normal about being a demon-slaying preteen with an encyclopedic knowledge of Hispanic and Latino mythology who can partially manifest nearly any animal trait found in nature? Well, not much. But, Charlie believes he can get used to this new “normal,” because being able to sprout wings or morph fins is pretty cool. But there is a downside: it means having to constantly watch his back for La Mano Peluda’s sinister schemes. And when the leader of La Liga, the Witch Queen Jo herself, is suddenly kidnapped, Charlie’s sure they’re at it again. Determined to save the queen and keep La Liga’s alliances intact, Charlie and his good friend Violet Rey embark on a perilous journey to track down her captors. As Charlie and Violet are drawn deeper into a world of monstruos and magia they are soon left with more questions than answers—like, why do they keep hearing rumors of dead men walking, and why is Charlie suddenly having visions of an ancient evil: a necromancer priest who’s been dead for more than five centuries? Charlie’s abuela once told him that when dead men walk, the living run in fear. And Charlie’s about to learn the truth of that—the hard way.


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Inspired by Hispanic folklore, legends, and myths from the Iberian Peninsula and Central and South America, this bold sequel to Charlie Hernández & the League of Shadows, which Booklist called “a perfect pick for kids who love Rick Riordan” in a starred review, follows Charlie as he continues on his quest to embrace his morphling identity. Charlie Hernandez still likes Inspired by Hispanic folklore, legends, and myths from the Iberian Peninsula and Central and South America, this bold sequel to Charlie Hernández & the League of Shadows, which Booklist called “a perfect pick for kids who love Rick Riordan” in a starred review, follows Charlie as he continues on his quest to embrace his morphling identity. Charlie Hernandez still likes to think of himself as a normal kid. But what’s normal about being a demon-slaying preteen with an encyclopedic knowledge of Hispanic and Latino mythology who can partially manifest nearly any animal trait found in nature? Well, not much. But, Charlie believes he can get used to this new “normal,” because being able to sprout wings or morph fins is pretty cool. But there is a downside: it means having to constantly watch his back for La Mano Peluda’s sinister schemes. And when the leader of La Liga, the Witch Queen Jo herself, is suddenly kidnapped, Charlie’s sure they’re at it again. Determined to save the queen and keep La Liga’s alliances intact, Charlie and his good friend Violet Rey embark on a perilous journey to track down her captors. As Charlie and Violet are drawn deeper into a world of monstruos and magia they are soon left with more questions than answers—like, why do they keep hearing rumors of dead men walking, and why is Charlie suddenly having visions of an ancient evil: a necromancer priest who’s been dead for more than five centuries? Charlie’s abuela once told him that when dead men walk, the living run in fear. And Charlie’s about to learn the truth of that—the hard way.

30 review for Charlie Hernández the Castle of Bones

  1. 5 out of 5

    JenLovesBooks

    There's so much to love in this book, and I mean A LOT. The mythology is never-ending, going on for most of the book, with something to learn about on almost every page. And for me, it was a definite plus, as half (if not most) of the mythological creatures in here I either didn't know about or their name was different than what I was brought up knowing them as. There was a new understanding about where these creatures come from, the festivals that are held, and the creepiness of it all. "A There's so much to love in this book, and I mean A LOT. The mythology is never-ending, going on for most of the book, with something to learn about on almost every page. And for me, it was a definite plus, as half (if not most) of the mythological creatures in here I either didn't know about or their name was different than what I was brought up knowing them as. There was a new understanding about where these creatures come from, the festivals that are held, and the creepiness of it all. "A harbinger of what?' Violet was staring back at me with eyes so wide I thought they might roll out of her head. 'Of evil!' I repeated. 'They're the decapitated heads of old sorcerers. They grow feet like birds. Their ears turn into wings.' 'The decapitated heads of old SORCERERS?' 'It's not as bad as it sounds. They use a cream on their necks. Detach them from their bodies themselves.' 'Self-decapitation. Right. So it's even worse than it sounds.' 'Some cultures believe that they come to warn you when something terrible is about to happen.' V looked a bit unsure. 'You mean, more terrible than it?" For anyone wanting to learn more about Hispanic folklore, in a fun and spooky creative way, this is a book to pick up. But, be aware that there are words or phrases that have not been translated in this novel. Yes, most of it is explained right after, or translated as it goes, but a few are lacking an explanation. Even so, it's something that makes this even more entertaining, as it becomes more of an interactive novel for the reader. Then there are the characters that continue to make all of the aforementioned an even better reason to pick this book up. There's Charlie who keeps growing tons more as the story progresses, his mom that I can't get enough of in here (even though she's only in parts of it), Violet (V) that has much to contribute in here (have a few issues with how perfect she's portrayed in here, but not enough to keep me from liking much of her character). And the list goes on. "My mind flashed to El Justo Juez, to El Cadejo-- arguably two of the most powerful and legendary sombras of all time. El Justo Juez is, like, the king of Salvadoran folklore, the headless horseman who roams the night, hunting criminals and outlaws; and El Cadejo, who takes the form of a huge white dog, is literally the divinely appointed guardian of the human race. They'd each saved my life on multiple occasions and were two of the cleverest sombras I'd ever met; they would know what to do." Even with me really enjoying much of this novel, I felt it could've done with it being a bit shorter as it's categorized for middle graders. Either that, or having it marked for a young adult audience since that would have been more understanding in the length of it. Also with it reading, in some parts, for a more older audience. If only a bit above the age group, but definitely doable for middle graders. And a great startup into the culture for sure! ***I received this copy from Simon & Schuster, in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.***

  2. 4 out of 5

    Darla

    This is high-adrenaline! Charlie and Violet start in Portugal, go back to Miami, and then leapfrog across South America before heading through Costa Rica and El Salvador and then into Mexico ending their quest on the Day of the Dead. Castle of Bones picks up where League of Shadows left off and is filled to the brim with the legendary that Charlie's abuela has been telling him about since he was born. His connection to his abuela and his growing friendship with Violet complement the fast-paced This is high-adrenaline! Charlie and Violet start in Portugal, go back to Miami, and then leapfrog across South America before heading through Costa Rica and El Salvador and then into Mexico ending their quest on the Day of the Dead. Castle of Bones picks up where League of Shadows left off and is filled to the brim with the legendary that Charlie's abuela has been telling him about since he was born. His connection to his abuela and his growing friendship with Violet complement the fast-paced action scenes. Includes a glossary at the end of the book that I really found helpful. I am ready for the third installment! Thank you to Aladdin and Edelweiss for a digital ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    I love the mythology and folklore in this, but Castle of Bones is a disappointing follow-up to the first in the series. Almost 600 pages of story that reads like a video game, Charlie and Violet hopping from one task to the next, leveling up and filling their bag of holding with a Chekhov's armory of loot/information, and yet no character development, no stakes. We're told at the beginning of the book that Charlie's choices will save or doom the world, but at no point do Charlie or Violet seem I love the mythology and folklore in this, but Castle of Bones is a disappointing follow-up to the first in the series. Almost 600 pages of story that reads like a video game, Charlie and Violet hopping from one task to the next, leveling up and filling their bag of holding with a Chekhov's armory of loot/information, and yet no character development, no stakes. We're told at the beginning of the book that Charlie's choices will save or doom the world, but at no point do Charlie or Violet seem worried or frightened or conflicted about the fate of the world. Even when Charlie outright says he's terrified of the myriad varieties of threats and monsters he and Violet face over the course of the story, I don't feel it...and no wonder, when even Charlie and Violet's helpless failures prove convenient to the plot. (view spoiler)[(At one point, Charlie and Violet can't untie the boat they want from another boat. Almost immediately, they need both boats to help them defeat yet another foe.) (hide spoiler)] A mild thread of mystery attempts to provide some momentum, but even it bogs down amid all the questing hither and yon, and while its long-awaited unraveling proved a satisfying confirmation that I'd guessed the villains correctly, I was mostly just glad to finally arrive at the end of the book (barring a long-winded battle or two, anyway). And then there's the editing. A number of spelling mistakes, a memorable instance when a sentence from one paragraph is copied almost word for word into the next, a few too many 80/90s kids references ("I see dead people") that I'm not sure the current middle grade audience will know, and the italics. So many italics. So many italics. So many italics. I kept trying to find the rhythm of Charlie's narrative voice, and every time I thought I'd succeeded, those italics would throw the whole thing off. Italics are great tools for humor and voice...but less is so much more. From the way this book concludes, I gather there might be another sequel in the works. If so, I'm hoping Mr. Calejo (and his editors) have more success next time in balancing the incredible variety of mythology and folklore with a lean, suspenseful plot and a ruthless editorial eye.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Beth Mendelsohn

    I received an e-ARC of this book from Aladdin via Edelweiss. All opinions are my own. This book picks up shortly after the events of Charlie Hernández and the League of Shadows. Charlie, a Morphling, is still trying to control his manifestations. He is put to the test when the witch Queen Joanna is kidnapped. Charlie and Violet are transported to South America where they crisscross the continent, encountering people and demons from Hispanic and Latino mythology. Each place they visit leads to I received an e-ARC of this book from Aladdin via Edelweiss. All opinions are my own. This book picks up shortly after the events of Charlie Hernández and the League of Shadows. Charlie, a Morphling, is still trying to control his manifestations. He is put to the test when the witch Queen Joanna is kidnapped. Charlie and Violet are transported to South America where they crisscross the continent, encountering people and demons from Hispanic and Latino mythology. Each place they visit leads to more clues, more danger, and more questions about what is really going on. Ryan Calejo seamlessly works in the Hispanic and Latino mythology into this fast paced sequel. If you haven’t read League of Shadows, it will be difficult to follow the events in Castle of Bones. I thoroughly enjoyed this sequel and can’t wait for book 3! I highly recommend this book for grades 4 and up. #CharlieHernádezAndTheCastleOfBones #Edelweiss

  5. 5 out of 5

    Yasmeena Elmahdy

    Ok. WOW. WOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOW. This was a MILLION times better than the first installment of this amazing series. Based on that ending, I’m half sure there will be another installment, so I can’t wait! ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ WAIT WHAT HDSFIUHSOI;FDS THAT COVER AND THE FACT THAT THERES EVEN A SECOND BOOK HNNGGGGGHDUFHUDIJK I NEED THISSSSS

  6. 5 out of 5

    Paige Green

    Disclaimer: I received this arc from the publisher! Thanks! All opinions are my own. Author: Ryan Calejo Book Series: Book Two of the Charlie Hernandez series Rating: 5/5 Publication Date: November 12, 2019 Publisher: Aladdin Recommended Age: 10+ (little blood, some scary moments) Synopsis: Inspired by Hispanic folklore, legends, and myths from the Iberian Peninsula and Central and South America, this bold sequel to Charlie Hernández & the League of Shadows, which Booklist called “a perfect pick Disclaimer: I received this arc from the publisher! Thanks! All opinions are my own. Author: Ryan Calejo Book Series: Book Two of the Charlie Hernandez series Rating: 5/5 Publication Date: November 12, 2019 Publisher: Aladdin Recommended Age: 10+ (little blood, some scary moments) Synopsis: Inspired by Hispanic folklore, legends, and myths from the Iberian Peninsula and Central and South America, this bold sequel to Charlie Hernández & the League of Shadows, which Booklist called “a perfect pick for kids who love Rick Riordan” in a starred review, follows Charlie as he continues on his quest to embrace his morphling identity. Charlie Hernandez still likes to think of himself as a normal kid. But what’s normal about being a demon-slaying preteen with an encyclopedic knowledge of Hispanic and Latino mythology who can partially manifest nearly any animal trait found in nature? Well, not much. But, Charlie believes he can get used to this new “normal,” because being able to sprout wings or morph fins is pretty cool. But there is a downside: it means having to constantly watch his back for La Mano Peluda’s sinister schemes. And when the leader of La Liga, the Witch Queen Jo herself, is suddenly kidnapped, Charlie’s sure they’re at it again. Determined to save the queen and keep La Liga’s alliances intact, Charlie and his good friend Violet Rey embark on a perilous journey to track down her captors. As Charlie and Violet are drawn deeper into a world of monstruos and magia they are soon left with more questions than answers—like, why do they keep hearing rumors of dead men walking, and why is Charlie suddenly having visions of an ancient evil: a necromancer priest who’s been dead for more than five centuries? Charlie’s abuela once told him that when dead men walk, the living run in fear. And Charlie’s about to learn the truth of that—the hard way. Review: I really really enjoyed this one! It was full of mystery and intrigue. The book was excellently written and the characters were very well developed. The plot was intriguing from start to finish and overall a greatly enjoyable read. My only concern is that the length of the book is quite long for a middle grade book (not needlessly long, all of it was required for the plot), and the pacing can be slow at times. The fighting scenes are also a bit chaotic and a little hard to follow as well. Verdict: I definitely recommend this one!

  7. 4 out of 5

    BreeAnn (She Just Loves Books)

    What I Loved: Can I just start by saying I have some very serious Cover Love for this series!! I love the way the above and below ground are reflected. I feel like it just gives you such a feel for what this book is going to be! The fantasy world that Ryan Calejo build for Charlie Hernandez had me completely submersed in every little detail. The location of the story was really fun, as it has a fun southern feel along with the fantasy. How I Felt: This was a book that I could not put down. My son What I Loved: Can I just start by saying I have some very serious Cover Love for this series!! I love the way the above and below ground are reflected. I feel like it just gives you such a feel for what this book is going to be! The fantasy world that Ryan Calejo build for Charlie Hernandez had me completely submersed in every little detail. The location of the story was really fun, as it has a fun southern feel along with the fantasy. How I Felt: This was a book that I could not put down. My son also read it, as it is targeted for middle grade and he LOVED it! The way the story takes Charlie from one clue to another, really gave the book that page-turning feel. I got a little more information, but not ENOUGH to satisfy and I just had to know more. I did feel that the book could have been edited down just a bit. It is 608 pages and for a middle-grade reader, that’s a LOT of book. There were some very descriptive sections that could have been reduced to make this book a bit shorter. Overall though, this was a solid read! To Read or Not To Read: This is the second book in the Charlie Hernandez series. While, I think The Castle of Bones could be a stand-alone, I believe that you would find it a much more enjoyable read if you read the first book in the series first. (Charlie Hernandez and The League of Shadows). This book is targeted towards middle-grade readers, 4th grade +. This could also fit into a Young Adult reading category for lovers of books like the Lightening Thief. I received an advanced reader's copy of this book for free. I am leaving my review voluntarily. All of my reviews can be found at: https://shejustlovesbooks.com/

  8. 4 out of 5

    Holly (Texan Girl Reviews)

    I'm gonna say this first, y'all need to read the first book in this series (Charlie Hernandez & The League Of Shadows) to fully understand this story or else it won't have that special vibe that you carry over from the first book! After the events of the first book well past Charlie and his family, Charlie is having to learn his new found power while trying to please his parents who don't want him out of their sight, especially mama. Only when a new threat is discovered when the Witch Queen I'm gonna say this first, y'all need to read the first book in this series (Charlie Hernandez & The League Of Shadows) to fully understand this story or else it won't have that special vibe that you carry over from the first book! After the events of the first book well past Charlie and his family, Charlie is having to learn his new found power while trying to please his parents who don't want him out of their sight, especially mama. Only when a new threat is discovered when the Witch Queen is kidnapped that Charlie discovers that something else is happening to the dark world that only Charlie can save. With his trustworthy friend Violet by his side, Charlie goes deep to rescue the Queen while putting their lives in danger with an ending that will wishing that the third book is out already just to see what will happen next!! I'm not a huge lover of Fantasy books but this series has me totally wrapped into it or maybe it's just because I have grown up on the border and know the culture well. Either way, this book goes deeper in the world of mythology and culture that you can actually picture yourself with Charlie and Violet, as they fight their way to the truth. This book or series just isn't all serious though, it will have a few laugh out loud moments that will leave you wanting more. My only problem with this book is the simple fact that we now have to wait for the next book to come out to see what will happen next for Charlie and the people he meets!! Thank You to Ryan Calejo for this fantastic installment in this series that I so hope doesn't end soon!! I voluntarily reviewed this book from the Publisher!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lenoire

    Charlie Hernandez likes to believe that he just an average run of the mill kid. Never mind that he slays demons and has an encyclopedia-like knowledge base of Hispanic and Latino mythology in his mind. And he is a Morphling, which allows him to manifest into any animal trait found in nature. While Charlie is getting used to his new "normal" life, he has to constantly watch out for the La Mano Peluda. However, when Witch Queen Jo is suddenly kidnapped, Charlie is certain the La Mano Peluda is at Charlie Hernandez likes to believe that he just an average run of the mill kid. Never mind that he slays demons and has an encyclopedia-like knowledge base of Hispanic and Latino mythology in his mind. And he is a Morphling, which allows him to manifest into any animal trait found in nature. While Charlie is getting used to his new "normal" life, he has to constantly watch out for the La Mano Peluda. However, when Witch Queen Jo is suddenly kidnapped, Charlie is certain the La Mano Peluda is at it again. Charlie is determined to rescue the queen and keep their alliances intact. Together with his best friend, Violet Rey, they embark on a dangerous magical journey to track down the masterminds behind Queen Jo's capture. As each clue leads the pair into more danger, they are left with more questions than answers. I started reading this book first as I didn't realize it was the second book in the series. However, while the novel could be read as a standalone, I think it would be better to read the books in order. I thought the novel was an interesting read and fun. I like how the author weaved mythology seamlessly into the story. Personally, I am not well versed in Latin mythology so, some parts of the novel were confusing. However, it was an enjoyable read and I can't read more of his books.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    I received an electronic ARC from Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing through NetGalley. The second book in this series is a significantly longer book. Calejo continues to provide an action filled story for middle grade readers. My concern is whether readers will stay with the book during some of the longer descriptive sections. He introduces and further develops the mythological beings as well as providing further character development for his main two characters - Charlie and Violet. The I received an electronic ARC from Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing through NetGalley. The second book in this series is a significantly longer book. Calejo continues to provide an action filled story for middle grade readers. My concern is whether readers will stay with the book during some of the longer descriptive sections. He introduces and further develops the mythological beings as well as providing further character development for his main two characters - Charlie and Violet. The two travel all over South America to locate Joanna and figure out how to stop the league of evil beings from destroying the world and raising the necromancer. Again, Calejo slips in geographic information along with the action. I do feel this book needed one last edit to trim some of the extraneous details but the plot finishes strong and leaves a broad hint about the third book to come.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mery

    What can I say, another winner. Fast paced, full of wonderful adventures. My nephew could not put it down. He was totally engaged. He finished reading the book yesterday and he is already wanting the sequel. Thank you Ryan for another amazing book.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Shaunda

    WONDERFUL!! You THINK you know the twist, and you might, but not all of them!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Dahlgren General Library

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  16. 5 out of 5

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  17. 5 out of 5

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  18. 4 out of 5

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  19. 4 out of 5

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  20. 4 out of 5

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  21. 4 out of 5

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  22. 5 out of 5

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  30. 5 out of 5

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