Nancy Drew Diaries #14 Riverboat Roulette ~ My Review

The fourteenth volume of the Nancy Drew Diaries, Riverboat Roulette, is a cool, fun mystery! 😀 Nancy, George, Bess, and Bess’s mom get to ride on a riverboat plus help an animal rescue charity at the same time – and solve a mystery during the trip! Riverboats look really cool and would be a great place to sleuth around and solve a mystery! With cool cover art and setting, this book had the potential to be an entertaining mystery and it didn’t fail to live up to that. 😎

This book has such a pretty and cool cover – it’s one of my fave of the Nancy Drew Diaries. 🙂


There were suspects to investigate, clues to find, possible motives to consider, and the time limit of finding the culprit(s) and money before they docked added to the excitement. I loved the exploring and the sleuthing around the riverboat – totally wouldn’t have minded more! 😎

Not a fan of gambling, since much heartache can come from that when people are addicted to it, so I would have preferred just prize money and sponsering as is done in a race for charity rather than actual betting. I was taught when I was little to think of the effect you have in your actions. Other than that, it is a very enjoyable book. 🙂

The scene with Nancy’s escapade on the riverboat when she was trying to get to the other side of it is well-written pulse-pounding real! Precarious predicament and definitely dangerous! Intense! Whew! That was great! 😎 I wanted to re-read it right then, yet I also wanted to keep reading to see what happened next. Such dilemmas – but that means the book is good, so I love those kind of dilemmas! 😀

Not only did the river flow along well, so did the book. 😎

My ND/HB book reading sib and I both think this would make a great game! The intriguing riverboat, the fun sleuthing for the clues to find the guilty party (or parties), the time limit to solve the mystery, and the lights along the shore would all be really cool! 🙂 You can definitely see what a cool game that would be by reading the book and envisioning that in your head. 😎

I wish Ned had gotten to be there – I did miss him. Happy for the good mentions of him, though. 🙂

I always love solving the mysteries along with the detectives of the book I’m reading. This was written well so that you felt like you were there, searching for clues while trying not to focus on how much time until they docked, but keeping that in mind. It’s an enjoyable ride on a riverboat with Nancy, George, Bess and her mom and an entertaining mystery. 😎

Nancy Drew Diaries #14, Riverboat Roulette, is available in paperback, hardcover, and ebook at many bookstores and libraries. There are more Hardy Boys Adventures that I like than Nancy Drew Diaries. That said, this is one that gets a definite recommend from me! It’s a good, real Nancy Drew mystery. 😎 Looks nice on my bookshelf, too! 🙂

 

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Hardy Boys Adventures #14 Attack of the Bayport Beast ~ My Review

An entertaining read for this new Hardy Boys book, the 14th volume of the ongoing Hardy Boys Adventures series! 🙂 As Joe says in the book “Sounds like a mystery.” 😎 Yep! 🙂 Plenty of cool things to enjoy about this one! : the Hardy brothers – of course!, mysterious real and faux clues to discern, humor, bravery, along with a range of fun to intense sleuthing. The first chapter sets a good tone for the rest of the book by starting things off in a humorous and fun way. Already there are some great quotes as Frank, Joe, and their friend Hector are checking out the sci-fi convention in Bayport ~

I felt like I was babysitting two toddlers who were distracted by every toy they came across. ~ Frank Hardy

 😆 Haha! 😆 And then Frank talking about reality shows ~

Just because it’s called reality doesn’t mean it’s real

So very, very true, Mr. Hardy!!!! 😎

The cover art is really cool showing an excellent action scene. 😎

The brother team of Frank and Joe are ready for this challenge – an unusual mystery that needs to be investigated. It starts to become more dangerous and ominous as the book goes on. They have to be ready and observant as well as brave while they sleuth for clues. I really enjoyed catching the clues as they were woven into the mystery. 😎

Camping was cool with the descriptions of the national forest being really good – you could feel like you were there. There’re definitely some scary intense scenes. Of course camping is usually in tents, but also intense in this adventure!! 😉 Truly. Like Joe said about dealing with each serious thing “One catastrophe at a time.”

I love that the writer notes that Frank and Joe can see clues as if they were written out. An accurate description of the well-honed detective skills. I like it and really appreciate it when the writing reflects their great ability as detectives. Like it was in this book and others; that can be done without them knowing everything or knowing nothing. I always appreciate when the writer remembers, as this one did, that they are observant detectives, as opposed to some books where the characters are written like they don’t even have the basic concepts of Basic Detective Skills 101 down.

I’m glad the writer has them intrigued about the mystery of why there were claims of sightings while not believing it.

I have to say that “cool” and “zombie movie” are contrary, disconnected concepts and words. And millions of years is an archaic theory that remains unproven.

Some intriguing twists to the mystery. As I mentioned already, I enjoyed figuring out clues and potential reasons for what was going on. I was pretty sure that some things that had happened were important factors to what was going on. Good pace to the book, too.

Absolutely thought the poetic justice was very appropriate during the finale scene of the book.

The brother team, the sleuthing, the humor were great and I really enjoyed the book. 🙂 This I will want to read again – I’m glad I have this Hardys Boys Adventures in paperback. 😎

You can check out the paperback, hardcover, or ebook at bookstores, physical and online, and at your local library. 😎

 

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The Hardy Boys #5-#8 Collector Cover Art Plus Lots More Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew News!

New collector covers coming 17th Oct, 2017 –
The Hardy Boys #5 Hunting for Hidden Gold
The Hardy Boys #6 The Shore Road Mystery
The Hardy Boys #7 The Secret of the Caves
The Hardy Boys #8 The Mystery of Cabin Island

Of the current covers, my favorite is #5 Hunting for Hidden Gold, and one of my all-time faves among all Hardy Boys books. The outdoor scenes on all four are cool-looking (not just literally like the snow on #8 The Mystery of Cabin Island. 😉 ) I like the cliffs and caves on #5 Hunting for Hidden Gold, #6 The Shore Road Mystery and #7 The Secret of the Caves – they look like fun to see and explore in the book. You can almost hear the water rolling onto the shore on The Secret of the Caves. Naturally, since I love The Hardy Boys books, it’s hard waiting – while simultaneously dreading – the collector cover art reveal. 😛 I try to always be optimistic and hope for the best. Keep it tuned here to see ’em! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 Quite a few of the Hardy Boys ebooks are on sale @Amazon 4.99 (USD) reg. 7.99/8.99, including one of my favorites as mentioned earlier 😉 , #5 Hunting for Hidden Gold. 😎 Some of the Hardy Boys Undercover Brothers, including another one of my favorites, #19 Foul Play, are also on sale 4.99 (USD) reg. 5.99. 😎 Great time to get some great mysteries! Cool detective brothers, exciting action, and intriguing mysteries. 🙂

Also, the 1st chapter for Hardy Boys Adventures #14, Attack of the Bayport Beast, is available there, too! 🙂 The book will be available next week! 🙂

Tap/click for the details about ~
Update with cover art and synopsis for Hardy Boys Clue Book #6 A Skateboard Cat-Astrophe.

Hardy Boys Papercutz Graphic Novels 4 in 1 Volume 2  

Nancy Drew Clue Book #8 World Record Mystery

Have a great weekend! 🙂

UPDATE: Here are the four collector covers ~

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I want to get the collector cover edition of #7 The Secret of the Caves. 😎

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The Hardy Boys Papercutz Graphic Novel #7 The Opposite Numbers ~ My Review

A roller coaster ride for The Hardy Boys graphic novel, The Opposite Numbers, volume 7 from Papercutz! 😀 Great cover, as you can see in this post! 😎 I love the beginning of the book with the case they’ve been working on. The brothers are doing their part to rescue Aunt Trudy’s parrot, Playback, and other animals. Good action and humor in the opening scenes – really enjoyable. 🙂 Very re-readable, too. 😀 I’ve read it quite a few times! 😎 I really like way the Undercover Brothers finish a case at the beginning of the books and then go to the next one. 😎 Opening with exciting action is always cool. 😎

After that excitement is wrapped up, it’s time for a break from school for a while. 😎 Nice seeing Chet and Callie. 😎 I like that Callie was going to use her free time to help kids. 😎 Some of the rest of that scene didn’t make sense with whoever the one student was supposed to be seemed like she was snobby and narcissistic. 🙄 Didn’t care for that. 

Great cover – another favorite Hardy Boys Graphic Novel cover art! 😎 

Hardy Boys Graphic Novel #7 The Opposite NumbersOne of my absolute fave scenes in the book is the part at the train, right after Frank and Joe arrive there to board, and the Hardy brothers bravely do what they can to prevent a literal train wreck. Cool when they immediately ran to help – talk about exciting! 😎 I loved that!  😎 Another favorite scene is when the conductor needs help getting back in the train after getting pushed by a culprit. Courage and excitement! Great action in all of those 5 star scenes! I love the excitement, the danger, and the excellent teamwork, as in any Hardy Boys books that I enjoy. 🙂 😎

The book could be a little bit distracting at times because it went back and forth between artists. First was Daniel Rendon, then Paulo Henrique, then back to Daniel Rendon, and then the rest of the book was Paulo Henrique and Sidney Lima.That shouldn’t stop anyone from reading it, though!

There were various characters on the train Frank and Joe had to help and contend with, providing several suspects. You had to figure out if the characters were just sorta odd or wackos. The Noir sisters are…annoiring. 😉 The gung-ho guard dude was also seriously annoying. There are annoying people out there, though! I knew there were two trustworthy people on the train – Frank and Joe. 😎

The parts I loved I really loved and want to read again! 🙂 Always, I love the brothers teamwork and not giving up even when things look bad! 😎

Hardy Boys graphic novel #7 The Opposite Numbers from Papercutz is available digitally at ebooksellers and at libraries as well as used booksellers in paperback and hardcover. 🙂 It’s definitely worth a read or two or more! 🙂

 

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Dynamite Entertainment Presents The Big Lie #1

Details about the upcoming comic series ~
Title: The Big Lie #1
Release Date: March 8, 2017
Number of pages: 32
Cover A: Faye Dalton
Cover B: Emma Vieceli
Cover C Subscription: Robert Hack
Writer: Anthony Del Col
Art: Werther Dell’Edera
Rating: Teen +
Available Formats: Comic Book, Digital
Cost: 3.99 USD
Cover Art:

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Synopsis From Publisher – Warning from me for anyone, who is a fan of the Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew, who hasn’t seen the plotline yet and doesn’t know the premise of the series – you won’t like what it is, so you might not want to continue reading the post:

THE BIG LIE is a Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys mystery unlike any other you’ve ever read…
 
When the teenage brothers Frank and Joe Hardy are accused of the murder of their father – a detective in the small resort town of Bayport – they must team up with the femme fatale Nancy Drew to prove their innocence (and find the real guilty party in the process) in a twisting, hard-boiled tale, complete with double-crosses, deceit and dames.

That plot isn’t entertaining sounding at all to me. I was optimistically (as well as cautiously) excited back in the summer (before I knew about the plot) when I first heard about the 2017 comics from Dynamite Entertainment that was supposed to be Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew. I love the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew, and I love a lot of comics, too. I don’t tend to read T (Teen) rated comics. They’re usually overdone, unrealistic, and don’t grab me. I prefer All Ages comics that my HB/ND reading sib of mine will read, too. I’d put off posting since I prefer to talk only about books I’m enthusiastic about, but I did need to say something for everyone asking me about it. I started writing this as soon as I saw about it, and got most of it done then.

The press release on 12/20/16 from Dynamite Entertainment included the book synopsis that effectively killed my excitement for their comic book series. There are some pretty obvious Hardy and Nancy errors in the short write-up. According to the press release, they want to quote “bring the iconic teen detectives into the modern age” unquote. You cannot “bring” someone into the modern age who is already here!!!! 🙄 The Hardy Boys and Nancy have been here! The press release wasn’t very long and oddly over-emphasized modern, which makes me think they don’t know that the Hardys and Nancy are still solving crimes in more modern times than say, 1927 and 1930 when the Hardys and Nancy Drew book series first began, respectively. Okay, so obviously not everyone realizes there have been many new Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew books, including comic books/graphic novels during more modern times than the 1920s and 1930s. When publishers say “modern” – that is an advertising tactic, gimmick/ploy, and, I think, assumes that we are gullible. New Hardy Boys books and Nancy Drew books since the ’20s and ’30s, in the 21st century includes ones from:

  • The Hardy Boys (Mystery Stories) 1927-2005 #1-#190, the whole series of The Undercover Brothers, the currently running series Hardy Boys Adventures, with the next volume, #14, Attack of the Bayport Beast, available Feb. 21, 2017. 😎
  • Nancy Drew (Mystery Stories) 1930-2003 #1-#175, Girl Detective (whole series), Nancy Drew Diaries, the current series, has a new one, #14 Riverboat Roulette released this week (on the 3rd to be exact). 😎

Case solved. 😎

Here’s another quote from the press release:

“Writer Del Col, a big fan of the characters, conceived this unique take years ago and worked to find and secure the license with Dynamite to bring this tale to life.

“I often come up with a lot of bizarre ideas, and two years ago I had this vision of a modern-day noir story with femme fatale Nancy Drew aiding accusing criminals the Hardy Boys,” says writer Anthony Del Col. “It was an idea that, upon further thought, actually wasn’t that bizarre. And now Werther, Dynamite, and I are using it as a launching pad to examine who these characters really are, and why they’re still so beloved.”

If you change their personalities, their character, you can’t examine who they really are, and if you change their personalities, doesn’t that mean you don’t like who they really are? Otherwise, you wouldn’t change them and instead you would write an exciting story with the actual Hardy Boys and Nancy solving a crime. I believe “aiding accusing” was supposed to read “accused”. And Nancy as a femme fatale is inaccurate and definitely is “that bizarre”.

“…and why they’re still so beloved.”

I can tell you why they are still so beloved – it’s why I love them. ❤ The brothers, Frank and Joe Hardy, and Nancy Drew ~ they are good, ethical, moral, fighting on the side of good, inspiring, never give up attitude, helping others, cool, exciting, thrilling mysteries, fight for righting wrong, fighting evil, their code of ethics, sense of honor, their moral code, their survival of the numerous attempts on their lives for doing the right thing and stopping bad people. One of the reasons Nancy is still loved and so successful is that she isn’t a femme fatale! You can’t calculate the variable to solve the equation if you change any of the terms of the formula; you’re not going to be able to get an accurate answer.

Another part of the press release, this quote from Dynamite Entertainment’s CEO/Publisher, Nick Barrucci “We wanted to do a take on the iconic characters the world grew up on…” Why ignore everyone not grown up yet? o_O I mean, hello, there are still many in the world still growing up and still reading the real Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew stories. 🙄

There are many, many Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew fans around the world that this will not appeal to. There are probably some non-Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew fans who will be pleased to read about the implied tragedy and the mischaracterization. Of course some HB and ND fans will read this series because they have to read just about everything with those characters’ names in them.

Some people might scoff at me for my youthful ideologies and hopefulness – so be it. 😎

The Plot ~
The premise of “the murder of their father” is horrific and terribly upsetting. Why does anyone think they have to make it look like a regular character gets killed? Most Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew readers care about the characters – and don’t want them killed. Then for the brothers to be falsely accused like that is bizarre. Regardless of what this particular series does, Fenton is alive. 😎

The Hardys have had to deal with many different crimes in The Hardy Boys Mysteries (1927-2005 #1-#190) as has Nancy with her series. They’ve solved some extremely dangerous cases that of course had danger and violence – after all, when someone is trying to kill you, that’s not a friend request, that’s very intense danger. They’re risk their lives to stop these violent wrongdoers. The Hardy Boys Mysteries (1927-2005) are definitely mysterious and dangerous with a lot of excitement and intense cases to solve. Check out what they’ve fought: Drug smuggling? Check. Murders? Check. Arson? Check. Kidnapping? Check. Hazing? Check. Theft? Check. Extortion? Check. Blackmail? Check. Greed? Check. And not just once on these things. Plus, there’re more crimes besides those that they’ve solved.

One of the many things I love about the Hardy brothers and Nancy is that so often, they prevent murders. Isn’t that the goal? Isn’t it preferable to stop a murder before it happens? Yes, it is.

The Incorrect Details/Mischaracterization (just from what I’ve seen so far) ~
Um, femme fatale Nancy Drew? Who can’t picture Nancy rolling her eyes at that? Seriously. She would laugh! If you want to write something totally different, please don’t take the names of well-known, well-loved established characters, with character, and try to tell us you’re writing the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew! Nancy is not the only one rolling her eyes! The definition of femme fatale is NOT Nancy Drew. All anyone has to do to find that fact out very easily is to look up the definition in a dictionary and read some real Nancy Drew books. In fact, I’ll post the definition so no one has to look it up. The French literal translation is fatal/disastrous woman. A femme fatale is a seductress who leads men to destruction – a Delilah.

Merriam-Webster Dictionary Definition of Femme Fatale: a seductive woman who lures men into dangerous or compromising situations.

Yeah, Nancy Drew, not a femme fatale. She’s a brave, courageous, intelligent, nice, kind, compassionate, decent, and inspiring female.

Bonus error in synopsis that isn’t as important as the others and that would have been ignored by me, but once a reader gets irritated then it’s harder to ignore stuff: Bayport is not a resort town. Now the whole town of Bayport is laughing at that one.

I have more promo pics of the comic, but one of them has morbid, crime scene photos laying on the table of the interrogation room, that is entirely inappropriate and I’m not posting it.

The title, The Big Lie, is fitting.

The Bottom Line ~
No matter what, whatever this series says, Frank and Joe’s dad, Fenton, is alive.

I love reading the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew, that’s pretty obvious from just a quick glance at my blog here. They are great characters. I respect them and appreciate others who actually love and respect them, too. You guys, I recommend you skip this one, unless it turns into a better mystery. There is absolutely no reason to be dragged through this. It’s depressing and I really don’t appreciate having to not only be not enthusiastic about this particular series that I had been looking forward to, but also having to even give it any amount of time during fun holidays. 🙄 There were other Dynamite Entertainment comics that I saw online that I was going to try, like The Green Hornet looked cool, but now when I see the publisher’s company name, I think of this depressing, horrific comic. However, I do want to be fair, so if I find out that this is a better mystery than how it is currently appearing, then I will adjust my words to reflect this.

If you want to read the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew, there are so many good ones to read. 😎 If it’s a comic/graphic novel you want to read or re-read, check out Papercutz’s Hardy Boys #5 Sea You, Sea Me, #12 Dude Ranch, #3 Mad House to name a few and Nancy Drew #20 and #21 High School Musical Mystery, Parts 1 and 2. They will be much more enjoyable. 😎

 

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Hardy Boys Adventures #13 Bound for Danger ~ My Review

Hardy Boys Adventures #13 Bound for Danger

To start off my review for Hardy Boys Adventures #13, Bound for Danger, I’m going to quote my favorite line from the book – a great quote by Joe and he would definitely say this ~ “Well, that wasn’t fun.” Hazing is never fun.

There are things I liked about the book and things I didn’t like…..as will be seen in my review. 😉 The cover is cool. 😎

The first chapter hadn’t excited me when I read it in the back of The Madman of Black Bear Mountain. When I started reading Bound for Danger I found where the sneak peek had left off and started from there. I hadn’t forgotten the first chapter and didn’t want to read it again.

I don’t understand the author writing the brothers as almost clueless about basketball. It was for the sake of the mystery, I know, but it was distracting and incorrect. I don’t like things contrary to established Hardy facts. I pushed past that and hoped the rest was better and made up for that error. If I’d enjoyed the book more, it definitely would have been easier to ignore.

Fact I’d like to point out: you can be creative and musical AND be athletic.

The things I liked in the book: the Hardy brothers, the teamwork, the not giving up (error in book: said gave up but didn’t in actuality). I was hoping for like what to do about hazing or giving people ideas how to fight it. It didn’t exactly do that, so I talked it over with a sib (who usually also reads Hardy Boys books with me, but decided this wasn’t one to read. Correct decision.)

I like the brothers taking care of things, stopping the hazing, capturing and stopping bad people, and I love the brothers looking out for each other as always. I’m glad the book pointed out how hazing is wrong, cowardly, and bad. Hazing is warped and stupid. I believe people who commit acts of hazing are punks and thugs.

Hazing is wrong. It’s asinine. It’s wrong to hurt people, it’s cruel and I certainly wouldn’t feel any solidarity with anyone who did that to me. I’ve been taught to stand up for myself, think for myself, don’t go along with something that is wrong, cruel, or immoral. If anyone treats you like that, they aren’t your friends, they aren’t your teammates, and can’t be trusted. I’m not referring to silly pranks, I’m referring to dangerous, everyone-knows-it’s-harmful kinds of things. Joking around, punching and wrestling is fine and much different than beating someone up. Hazing is cruel and mean-spirited and no one should participate or condone it.

Something that is sadly accurate in the book is that not all teachers, etc., are trustworthy or willing to do the right thing and stand against hazing. Everyone needs to stand up against that.

Bound for Danger overall can be summed up with a number of words. Disturbing. A bit depressing. Confusing. Odd at times. Some things didn’t make sense of why some things were in there. :/

They stopped short several times – would have pursued about the fake essay, not just taken it. That was so frustrating.

I didn’t like profanity on page 68. I can overlook cussing, please don’t use profanity.

Of the most recent Hardy Boys Adventures, I would recommend to read #11 Showdown at Widow Creek and #12 The Madman of Black Bear Mountain instead of this one. I had hoped Bound for Danger would be a lot better than it was, but also it could have been worse.

I love the confidence Joe has in his big bro’s ability. 😎

I love the poetic justice when the Hardys scared the jerks – that was cool.

Like Joe, I have no idea what song they were singing at the end of the book. I’m glad it was a short book and I have hope that the next one, #14 Attack of the Bayport Beast, will be much better. 🙂

Slight spoiler: One of the victims of the hazing chose to become one of the evil mob doing the hazing. That made him guilty, too, by partaking. Those involved by ordering it are also guilty. That’s not something they’ve overcome together, that’s a criminal cowardly act – as noted in the book – that they’ve perpetrated. I’m very thankful that the author didn’t have Frank or Joe commit any of the acts of hazing, otherwise I would have hated the book because they wouldn’t do that.

 

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Nancy Drew Diaries #13 The Ghost of Grey Fox Inn ~ My Review

Nancy Drew Diaries 13 The Ghost of Grey Fox InnNancy Drew Diaries #13 The Ghost of Grey Fox Inn by Carolyn Keene synopsis ~ Nancy and George come along with Bess to her cousin, Charlotte’s, wedding, in sunny South Carolina. Charlotte’s groom, Parker is from there while Charlotte and her family’s from Connecticut. The wedding party and guests are all staying at a cool, historic, beautiful inn. Since Parker is from a local, wealthy family, and is a famous news personality, the wedding draws much interest throughout South Carolina and on the internet. Acts of sabotage create growing concern as the wedding approaches, but things get even worse when 6 figure heirloom wedding rings are stolen. Nancy, George, and Bess need to solve this mystery fast and restore the wedding rings to the rightful owners! 😎 The element of having a short amount of time to get this done is great. 😎

I love the cover! After seeing the intriguing, mysterious cover – especially the beautiful bookshelves, paneling, Nancy’s pretty clothes, and the designs – and the synopsis being so good, I’ve been looking forward to reading this when it was first announced. It starts great with Nancy and Bess being written right and George is most of the time. She would be amused by talk of ghosts and looking for excitement, but she wouldn’t actually be expecting there to be real ghosts. Only fake ones – she too smart and logical to believe otherwise. It was a lot of fun being along for the ride as they traveled to Grey Fox Inn in Charleston, South Carolina. There’s humor, great descriptions of the inn and the start of an intriguing mystery all in the first chapter.

My HB/ND reading sibling enjoyed this one, also. 😎 It was fun. 😀

I really loved the sleuthing around and exploring the inn – personally I would love more of that. 😀 The beautiful decor, the cool grand staircase (love that kind of thing!), the rooms, are all described well and easy to picture from the writing. Perfect for detecting, exploring, looking around, searching for clues – fun! 😀 The hall is lined with bookshelves just like the cover! 😎 I love that! 😀

The bride and groom, Charlotte and Parker, are both nice, likable characters that were an important part of making the book so good. I’m not giving anything away – you definitely want to read and see what happens! 🙂 😎

I like the way the mystery flowed and the development of it. No boring or slow parts. There were some really cool, dangerous, exciting scenes – essential to a mystery!!!!!!!!!!!! 😎

Nancy, George, and Bess would immediately look for hidden entrances to the room. I would have liked for Ned to be there, but the mentions about him were cool and how much Nancy loves him. 😎 Ned’s a favorite character. 😀

The Ghost of Grey Fox Inn would make a great ND game! 😎 I can easily picture it as a full-length game with awesome graphics and the mini-games and the sleuthing would be great! 😎 The characters are all distinctive and developed. The mystery has a number of suspects to investigate and actually several stories interwoven throughout with what happens. Questions are answered at the conclusion of those mysteries. 😎 I really like how things turned out and worked out with the multiple developments and stories. 😎

I’ve never been to Charleston, South Carolina, and I enjoyed going there with my sib (who was reading also), Nancy, George, and Bess. I know it’s beautiful there and I could easily picture it all. 😎 I like that it was mentioned they did have some time to look around Charleston even with being busy with the mystery and wedding. 😎

This book has mystery, friends, exploring a gorgeous inn, warm/hot weather (well, it is cold here and it sounds awesome!), fun humor, sleuthing, beautiful romance, and even a great, poignant example of forgiveness. I’d sensed/hoped that this would be my favorite of the Nancy Drew Diaries so far – and it is, without a doubt. Plus, it looks great on my bookshelf! 😎

 

 

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Update and Hardy Boys Clue Book #6 News

Hi! 🙂 Remember me? 😛 I’m so sorry it’s been several weeks – my previous blog post was 10/10/16. I should have set up some blog entries to post in advance, knowing things would be busy in Oct. – and it was! A lot of fun stuff, like annual family things for those weeks, except for the end of October. All of that good stuff along with regular stuff can keep a girl pretty busy, let me tell you! 😛 So, what have you guys been up to? 🙂 Even when I’m not at my blog, I think of you and pray for your safety and complete happiness. 🙂 Hope you’re all doing well. Each one of you are very, very special and I think a lot of you! 🙂

Hardy Boys Graphic Novel #7 The Opposite NumbersI have plenty of stuff planned that I hope you enjoy ~ book reviews (Hardy Boys Graphic Novel #7 The Opposite Numbers/Nancy Drew Graphic Novels #20 and #21 High School Musical Mystery Parts I and II/Hardy Boys Adventure #13 Bound for Danger/Nancy Drew Diaries #13 The Ghost of Grey Fox Inn and more books), a Hardy Boys story to post that I’d already done before Oct, but need to go over etc., new Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew book info, more polls, and who knows what all? 😀 I’ll be back hopefully the 1st day of the week to answer replies. 🙂

 New book to mention ~ Hardy Boys Clue Book #6 A Skateboard Cat-astrophe. Release Date: Nov. 2017 Cover and synopsis coming soon! 🙂

 

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The Hardy Boys #2 The House on the Cliff ~ My Review

If you love action and excitement, you will likely want to check out, along with the Hardy brothers, Frank and Joe, The House on the Cliff, and find out what the deal is there. 😉 Directions on how to reach it is easy, but once there it’s up to the reader and the Hardys. When reading The Hardy Boys The House on the Cliff, you’ll fight drug smugglers, search for clues, be there for exciting rescues, and solve the puzzling mysteries! 😎 Lots of cool action in this one!

I love mysterious houses and the house on the cliff definitely qualifies. Secret hiding places, etc. to search and explore. You can picture it all. Mysterious strangers, clues, suspects, sounds, are all in this mystery, waiting for you to investigate these things with the Hardys! 😎 You have to watch out for the bad guys – a deadly gang whose greed makes them ruthless and treacherous. They will attempt to outsmart you, but don’t let them trick you.

Also, a cool thing that you can find in this Hardy Boys mystery, as well as others, is the fact that Joe and Frank’s mom, Laura, keeps up with the cases and mysteries. I love that the whole family is close and there for each other. That’s the way it should be – a mother and father who care about their offspring, and the love and respect that all four Hardy family members have for one another. 😎

The search for Frank and Joe’s dad, Fenton, who’s been missing, and the action, danger, and excitement that comes with that is great! 😎 None of them ever give up and they take the dangerous risks they need to with courage and determination. That’s one of the many things I love about the Hardy Boys (and Nancy Drew, of course!) books. 😎 I learned cool things, too, when reading this book, another great thing about it. Plus, there are interesting characters, such as Pretzel Pete, to help in the search as well, with clues to assist the Hardy brothers. Biff, Tony, and Chet also help – Biff has a date, so he’s pretty anxious to get back. 😀 Their friends are there for them, though! 😎

Great intense scenes, particularly in the second half of the book, and of course there is danger and action throughout the mystery. The great brother team of Frank and Joe have to race against time as they search for their dad. They help each other and look out for each other as brothers should. 😎

The House on the Cliff has a number of favorite cool and exciting scenes that I love to read. The exciting finale has great Hardy action. An intriguing, suspenseful mystery and the Hardy brothers – you can’t miss. 😎

the-hardy-boys-collector-cover-for-2-the-house-on-the-cliff-by-franklin-w-dixonIn May of this year, the book was released with a collector cover and it is really cool! 🙂 And of course the cover art prior to that is also very cool! 😀 I love ’em both. 😀

The Hardy Boys #2 The House on the Cliff is available in hardcover as well as in ebook at your favorite booksellers and also should be at your local libraries. 🙂 Check it out for mystery, action, adventure and the Hardy brothers! 😎 This book is must-read for Hardy fans as they do the right thing and never give up! 😎

 

 

 

 

 

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Nancy Drew Diaries Volume 15

Want the info on the 15th book in the Nancy Drew Diaries, The Professor and the Puzzle? Click or tap on the link for the details about it on my other HB/ND blog, The Hardy Boys Books and Nancy Drew Books! 🙂

 

 

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Hardy Boys Papercutz Graphic Novels News!

hardy-boys-adventures-graphic-novels-1Guess what? 😀 The Hardy Boys graphic novels will be published in paperback again and such a deal! 😎 It will be 4 stories in 1. These are the same stories as the Papercutz Undercover Brothers graphic novels (and as you know, I have some faves in this series!) and they have the Hardy Boys Adventures logo on them. This is like the Nancy Drew graphic novels that had been called Girl Detective and are now Nancy Drew Diaries with two of the previously published Girl Detective mysteries per volume.

The Hardy Boys Adventures #1 will be available November 8th, 2016, in paperback and ebook. It contains 384 pages (since it’s four graphic novels in one volume) and is 5 inches wide and 7.5 inches in height.

hardy-boys-adventures-graphic-novels-2The release date for The Hardy Boys Adventures #2 is April 25, 2017, also with 384 pages and four stories in the volume.

For each volume the paperback price is 15.99 (USD) and 9.99 for ebook.

So for all of us who don’t have each volume that we would like to have in paperback or for the ones we haven’t gotten to read yet, it’ll be easier to find, plus be a deal. 🙂 Check back here for an update when I reveal what four books are in each of the first two volumes. 🙂

 

 

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The Hardy Boys Papercutz Graphic Novel #5 Sea You, Sea Me ~ My Review

The fifth volume of the Hardy Boys Papercutz series, Sea You, Sea Me, is the very first Hardy Boys graphic novel that I read. It had already been out a while then when I saw a preview on Amazon of the opening action with the fencing scenes, and I was like, okay, that’s cool! 😀 Great artwork, witty banter, and the awesome brother team of Frank and Joe stopping anyone who needs to be stopped. It’s definitely one of my favorites. 😎

This is one of Frank and Joe’s many thrilling adventures where they must face serious obstacles. I enjoy cheering them on as they do a great job fighting evil. 😎

As I already mentioned, the action scenes right off the bat with Frank and Joe taking on bad guys in a fencing showdown is so cool! 🙂 I enjoy the comments and love the cool artwork. It’s also fun when the brothers get their next assignment. They’re anxious to see what it is as are you and me as the readers. In this case, they have to head up to Maine from Bayport, New York. 😎

Before they even reach the location of their assignment, which is to find out what the deal is on a fishing vessel, the brothers are propelled into action when they see danger they can do something about.That’s one of the reasons I love ’em. They see what needs to be done and they do that without hesitation. 😎

Hardy Boys Graphic Novel #5 Sea You Sea Me from PapercutzThere’s plenty of danger and excitement once on the ship, with suspects to question and an intense storm on the sea to survive. Plus, fighting a fire after an explosion and needing to circumvent attempts on their lives during all of the dangerous situations. The brothers are there for each other and know that they’re the only ones, humanly speaking, aboard the ship who they can definitely rely on and trust.:cool:

It’s really hard not to share all of my favorite scenes, but for anyone who hasn’t read the book yet, I know you’d want to read it yourself and see what happens. I love it that the brother teamwork is strong and I really enjoy seeing them stop bad people.They help people and are very brave. 😎

Joe’s ongoing fish puns are fun and Frank’s banter back about them. 😎

Frank’s swim meet at the end of the book with Joe encouraging his brother and joking around’s cool and fun. 😎 Yet another fave scene from the book! 🙂 😎

Hardy Boys Graphic Novel #5 Sea You, Sea Me is available in paperback and hardback at libraries, used booksellers, and also the volume is in the digital format of the ebook device of your choice. 🙂 A great read and re-read. 😀 Check it out for exciting adventure and action with the Hardy brothers! 😎

 

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