I think I'll rate this one the same as the third book in the series, Once Upon a Thriller. I daresay I liked this book as much, if not a bit more, thaI think I'll rate this one the same as the third book in the series, Once Upon a Thriller. I daresay I liked this book as much, if not a bit more, than that one, but the reason is quite different.
To be honest, I can't even remember which other book in the series that this is most similar to, but its weakness in that regard is that the entire story basically consists of Nancy and co. surviving in the wilderness, as another reviewer has said, rather than solving a mystery.
However, I'm going to forgive this on my gut feeling that, were it not for the constant movement of the characters and the situation just becoming more and more desperate, I would not have found it enjoyable if Nancy's 'snooping', if it existed, were anything like in the last book. At least here I actually wanted to know what happened next, and each character was suspicious enough to call my hunches into question.
It does start off as a whodunit and, as it's implied pretty early on, remains that way, but the mystery solving aspect just isn't there. Nancy doesn't really put two and two together, because there are no twos. There are suspicious actions and attitudes and little else to go on. Furthermore, the mystery often takes a back seat to everyone's instinct to make it out of there alive.
(Once Upon a Thriller felt like the most solid mystery in the series, and I appreciate that. It also lacked the filler of other books in the series, which made it an overall better read, even if it was rather short.)
If I'd been solely looking for a mystery, I'd be pretty disappointed, but this was still a relief after Sabotage at Willow Woods, which I suppose means I'll be continuing the series. Hopefully, I don't have to read another three books before reaching one that's as decent as this....more
What do the title and cover art have to do with the actual story?
Nothing, that's what. You can't convince me otherwise.
Also, this is a mediocre childWhat do the title and cover art have to do with the actual story?
Nothing, that's what. You can't convince me otherwise.
Also, this is a mediocre children's book in a mediocre children's series that, in all honesty, isn't even as good as the series it's, at this point, meant to both emulate and replace (aka Girl Detective).
I could go into why, but that would be boring. Let's just say that one of the main problems could have been nipped in the bud if Nancy had actually communicated with the 'victim' while on the case, seeing as how it's so easily and neatly taken care of at the end.
I think the reason I keep reading these is that I have this hope that Nancy Drew isn't dead. Her character did not wither to dust with older, better books than the likes of these, and the games by Her Interactive are not the only other place I can interact with her without rolling my eyes. I don't care if Nancy Drew is for kids; she doesn't have to be poorly written and so inept that the majority of the book is filled with, well, filler instead of her making any sort of headway in a case. (I don't know about you, but in my mind, extensive red herrings don't count as making progress.)
Anyway, I already have the next book, so whether I think it's a good idea or not, I'll see if things improve. Huh. I feel as though I've said that before......more
My first classic Nancy Drew book since I was little, and I am presented with a random meteor that almost kills everyone on a cruise ship! This also haMy first classic Nancy Drew book since I was little, and I am presented with a random meteor that almost kills everyone on a cruise ship! This also has absolutely nothing to do with the story! Also, every chapter has to end with an exclamation!!!
Three stars - half a star more than the last book - for being the least terrible book in this series as I read them in order. Maybe it's because the bThree stars - half a star more than the last book - for being the least terrible book in this series as I read them in order. Maybe it's because the book is quite a bit shorter than the previous ones, but at least it didn't drag on forever with useless plot devices. I would imagine that very young readers would like it. Otherwise, it's pretty meh, but not, as I said, absolutely terrible. ...more
2.5 stars. Better than the first two but just as predictable. If I don't hate the next book, I'll probably read the rest of the series. As much as I f2.5 stars. Better than the first two but just as predictable. If I don't hate the next book, I'll probably read the rest of the series. As much as I feel the Casefiles are completely overrated and just not very good books in general, I wish I had easy access to those in the library so that I could read them instead....more
Not as horrendous as book one, but once again Nancy solves part of the mystery with minor sleuthing and an epiphany while being completely clueless abNot as horrendous as book one, but once again Nancy solves part of the mystery with minor sleuthing and an epiphany while being completely clueless about a suspicious character until the very end. It was pretty pathetic even for a detective in a children's book....more
Apart from a few laugh-out-loud moments, most of the time I just felt frustrated with Stephanie Plum. She makes rash decision after rash decision despApart from a few laugh-out-loud moments, most of the time I just felt frustrated with Stephanie Plum. She makes rash decision after rash decision despite receiving very clear instructions or advice to be careful. She melts in the presence of her target, Morelli, even though she kind of hates him, and it costs her every time. Instead of reporting assaults and threats to the police, she tries to take things into her own hands, because she wants to be more credible as a bounty hunter. Spare me, Plum.
Of course, she would also become the object of desire of the most disgusting, psychotic rapist in town. I guess that just comes with the territory of being a female snoop. She's also got faceless men harassing her throughout the book. Not to mention Morelli, who has been with who knows how many women, remembers her well and somehow has lingering feelings for her... ugh. Should we add her bounty hunter friend Ranger to the mix? I don't think we have quite enough people leering at her in this book.
(Someone please direct me toward a female protagonist who investigates predators without predictably becoming their most prized victim. Something like Prime Suspect, which desperately needs a modern day counterpart.)
In my rant, I've lost my train of thought. Probably just as well, as I'm sure I've got little to add to what's already been said about the book. I just cannot see myself sitting through the next book, let alone the next twenty and the holiday specials.
By the way, Grandma Mazur is, by far, the most annoying character next to Stephanie Plum. She serves absolutely no purpose but to crack jokes - and by jokes I mean whatever old people apparently say when they stop caring and speak their mind with no filter. Loading a gun at the dinner table, shooting the roast, and ending with an ingenious line about passing the potatoes? Evanovich, you kill me. You really kill me. ...more
This new series makes the Girl Detective books seem like Pulitzer Prize winners. Usually, I am forgiving with the portrayal of modern Nancy Drew and fThis new series makes the Girl Detective books seem like Pulitzer Prize winners. Usually, I am forgiving with the portrayal of modern Nancy Drew and friends, but the characters in this new book are utterly awful. Nancy is dumb, as much as I hate to use the word, and also far too forgetful for someone who is supposed to be a decent sleuth; George is outright rude, more negative than amusing, and just annoying, which pains me to say since she is my favorite ND character; Bess is completely flat and boring.
The plot development is also terrible, jumping from unexpected event to Nancy thinking about something to being interrupted by another unexpected event with no real connection between them. I can only think of one instance where she does any actual snooping, which merely consists of following someone for a page. The ending is laughable, and the suspicion of at least one character is so painfully obvious while Nancy either has no clue about their weird behavior or keeps forgetting about it.
Since I'm so fond of ND books, and since I enjoy reading about her in a current day setting, I'll continue for the sake of having more ND - and also because this book clearly leads into the next one, much to my annoyance....more