Presenting The Lil’ Hardys with The Whole Story!

The word fun can refer to many blessings in life such as friends, writing, drawing, comics, and the Hardy Boys! 🙂 Combining all of those then you’ve got awesome fun and the end result’s a comic called The Whole Story! 😀 Super-talented siblings, Sarah and Shadow, did the cool drawings and shadowing in the comic, a great display of their artistry, and I wrote the story. 🙂 It was extremely fun! 😀 Thank you, Sarah and Shadow, you two are so cool! 🙂

The Lil’ Hardys with The Whole Story! 🙂 Hope you enjoy it! 🙂

Synopsis: Joe’s mysterious question gives Frank a puzzle to solve, but it might get the younger Hardy in trouble until his big brother figures it out. Click on the pic below to read and find out what happens with Lil’ Joe and Lil’ Frank! Hardy Boys The Whole Story Sarah Sleuth Shadow Ann Chvq

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Hardy Boys Undercover Brothers #19 Foul Play – My Review

Hardy Boys Undercover Brothers #19, Foul Play, is one of the best books in this series. In this volume Frank and Joe are written in character – a very important thing to me. 😎

Foul Play is a very cool and good read. I really enjoyed it and it’s an excellent example of why I like some of the Undercover Brothers books. It has an interesting mystery, fun humor, good action, a couple of fight scenes with bad guys with a dose of poetic justice included. The opening predicament where the brothers were facing Bengal tigers was great edge-of-the-seat stuff and it was exciting how they got out of it. I love how the author writes so you feel you are right in the scene. With the Hardy brothers and those huge Bengal tigers!

I particularly love the entire doughnut scene when the brothers got their assignment. Good writing – enjoyable fun! I love this kind of stuff.  😀

The banter was fun, the way it should be. Good-natured teasing is very enjoyable to read. Banter is an art, just like sarcasm and witty insults, as opposed to flat-out rude, obnoxious insults and there definitely is a difference! I haven’t read all of the UBs yet, but in the ones I have, sometimes the authors write it right  and sometimes they miss it  like the writer is trying way too hard so then it doesn’t sound real and doesn’t flow. The humor and good-natured affection has to be clear or it’s annoying and falls flat rather than cool and smooth, which is obviously preferable. This book got it right. 😎

There were a number of believable suspects and Frank and Joe had to figure out whom they could trust while keeping their cover safe on a college football team. Injuries, player superstitions, game fixing, sports betting were things they had to deal with while trying to keep anyone from being murdered – including themselves!

Plenty of great lines in this book and my favorite is this excellent one by Frank after fighting a jerk who was trying to bribe him:

“Sorry, dude,” I answered. “You threatened my brother. No amount of money makes up for that.”

My favorite Undercover Brothers books are from the graphic novels  series by Papercutz, but this one was up there with them and I will definitely read it again. And I recommend it
Oh, I also really like their cool gadget that they each got – I love the gadgets in the UBs. 😀
I’m more into baseball, hockey, soccer, and X-Games, than football, without a doubt, but I think there is the right amount about the sport in Foul Play. In my opinion, the writer scored a touchdown with this book. Enjoyable. I even learned some interesting stuff! So a hearty recommendation for this Hardy Boys book #19 Foul Play.  😎

Hardy Boys Adventures #4 Into Thin Air – My Review

Hardy Boys Adventures #4 Into Thin Air Franklin W. Dixon

Hardy Boys Adventure #4, Into Thin Air, is basically the second part of the mystery that began in Hardy Boys Adventures #3 The Vanishing Game. What happens at the end of the 3rd book is the synopsis for this volume. I had my reviews for both of these books pretty much finished a while ago and I’m finally getting them posted. 😳 Trying to get caught up. 🙂

First off, the cover’s cool and once again it’s done by Kevin Keele. 😎 One of the things I like best about this series so far is the great cover art. 🙂

There were some good lines in this book. 😎 Along with some errors in how the Hardys would handle certain situations. I’d hoped for improvement in this one, but instead got really disappointed because the brothers in it actually gave up for a little while after being threatened. 😯 That is NOT the Hardy way and totally wasn’t believable! One of the things I love about the Hardys is that they never give up despite threats, danger, and the odds. The real Hardys don’t give up – in fact, threats just make them more determined. 😎  

Also, Frank and Joe are cool. They, themselves, their characters/personalities, who they are – cool. In this book that wasn’t truly represented. Like at lunch – again where are their friends??!?!?!?! – it sounded like they’re considered unpopular and uncool —–what? I want to mention that actually in school there are some people who are popular and aren’t snobby jerks like in this book and some who are. That goes for those who aren’t so-called “popular” – some aren’t snobby jerks and some are. There are nice people and jerks in school – regardless of whether they’re popular or not. And since Frank and Joe solve crimes and help people, they would be liked by good people, some people would be jealous, and bad people would dislike and fear the Hardys. Just saying. Because it needed to be. 😎

Anyone who knows me is well aware that I’m really into tech stuff. So when there are errors, inconsistencies, it’s very noticeable to me. There were. But that didn’t bother me as much as the “quitting” thing did. I think I’ll say it again – the Hardy Boys never give up. 😎

There was a sneak peek of the next Hardy Boys Adventures, #5, Peril at Granite Peak, at the end of this book. Chet’s in it, so that should be good. Although I already saw one big mistake that I wasn’t  impressed with, but hopefully it’s explained later in the book. Most of the preview looked really good. 🙂

Still hoping for some better mysteries in the future for this series. 🙂 The first two volumes, #1 Secret of the Red Arrow, and #2 Mystery of the Phantom Heist, have some parts I really, really like and are overall better than #3 and #4. Hardy Boys #5 Peril at Granite Peak is available now and I hope to read/review soon. 🙂

Hardy Boys Adventures #3 – The Vanishing Game – My Review

 Hardy Boys Adventures #3 The Vanishing Game by Franklin W. Dixon 

For my review of Hardy Boys Adventure #3 The Vanishing Game, I have to start with the first thing you see – the great cover! 😎 The cover art shows you intense danger  and makes you anxious to get to the section of the story it’s taken from to see the brothers somehow survive the situation. And about that scene from the cover….um….that, would be a spoiler….

In the first chapter, it’s the opening night of Funspot, but not everyone’s having fun. Before we even get to the new ride, G-Force, something else scary takes place….as in scary rude! 😯 Can you imagine a girl who’s supposed to be on a date with Frank, instead of realizing what a cool, handsome, great guy he is – she’s flat-out rude and obnoxious to him? The character of Penelope wasn’t fun to read because she’s definitely written as a mean girl. 

It was cool when Frank made a good point about the scientific impossibility of the ad claims for the ride. 😎

At the end of the very first ride, a girl is missing. The brothers are quick to help try to find her, their willingness to do the right thing present – I always like that. 😎 Btw, I’ve been to amusement parks – and it’s never a bad idea to pray. Some people have been killed on rides in real life. 😦

Hector Rodriguez owns Funspot and one of the best parts of the book was when he told off the jerks who were only interested in making money. As we know, the Hardy brothers are always disgusted by greedy jerks and I was really happy that was done so well – another favorite part.

I love that the Hardy Boys Adventures get it right that the brothers both have some language skills which agrees with actual facts from the main series, The Hardy Boys (1-190, 1927-2005), and that’s always important to me. That only makes sense because with reading, TV, online, school, travel, etc., you’re going to pick up words and phrases without even trying. Especially if you actually travel to places where that would be not only helpful, but necessary. Not knowing would be unrealistic and I’ve come across that fail several times in the Casefiles continuity. 😯

In The Vanishing Game, the mention of the missing girl’s phone was just about checking the records, but the Hardys would know they could track her phone via the GPS – and boom, there you  go.

I like that they used the phone for more than just to click a pic. The night vision app and filming was an excellent idea. 😎 I was virtually cheering at that. 😀 As shown and mentioned plenty of times in the essential series, The Hardy Boys (1-190), the Hardys are always cutting edge, wisely using their brains to utilize resources that will help capture evil ones as fast as possible. 😎

Another favorite thing about the book – like in many other HB books –  is that it shows in a real way that the Hardys care about each other – they’re good brothers. 😎

Rather than an exclaimation of disrespect, Daisy (Hector’s daughter) called out for help – which you definitely need to do. 😎

I’m assuming the insult about the “teen brain” – which is easily refuted many times over by many examples – was put in there as a joke and also to show through Frank and Joe that it isn’t true. 

Friends from Bayport High were there, but sadly the author didn’t mention any of their names, but made up some instead. 😦 There were quite a few people I missed seeing in this book: Fenton and Laura weren’t even mentioned – not even a short sentence of where they were. Frank’s true love, Callie Shaw, and Joe’s true love, Iola Morton, should have been in the book and the brothers would be helping solve the case for a friend and fellow student. 😦 The realism would have been elevated had Frank’s and Joe’s real girlfriends – Callie and Iola – been in the book. Also missing were Chet Morton (but Iola and Chet did both appear in Hardy Boys Adventure #2 Mystery of the Phantom Heist 😎 ), Biff Hooper, Phil Cohen, Tony Prito, Chief Ezra Collig, Con Riley, Jack Wayne, Sam and Ethel Radley.

Anyone who reads the synopsis for the next book in the series, #4 Into Thin Air, won’t be surprised with how #3 The Vanishing Game ends. 

I always enjoy reading the well-written, accurate parts in the books about the brothers – because they’re cool. 😀

Hardy Boys Adventures #7 Shadows at Predator Reef

Title sounds oOOo mysterious! Hardy Boys Adventure #7 Shadows at Predator Reef will be available October 2014 in paperback, hardcover, and ebook. I got that info from the Library of Congress online catalog database, which also has the isbns listed. Looking forward to the cover art and synopsis being released! 😎 I like trying to guess what they’ll be like – could be some cool scuba diving. 🙂 The title has a similar style of Hardy Boys Adventure #5 Peril at Granite Peak (Feb. 4th 2014).

You can investigate the Shadows at Predator Reef starting Oct. 21st! 😎

Check back here for more info! 🙂

Hardy Boys Adventures #6 The Battle of Bayport – Synopsis

Hardy Boys Adventure #6 The Battle of Bayport by Franklin W. Dixon

On the Simon and Schuster site I saw the plot description for Hardy Boys Adventures #6 The Battle of Bayport by Franklin W. Dixon. 🙂 As mentioned before, the paperback, hardcover, and ebook editions will all be available on the 6/3/14. Good timing that it’s being released just a little over a month before Independence Day. 😎 Here’s the synopsis ~

Bayport goes back in time when a Revolutionary War-era battleship is discovered, along with a treasure trove of historic artifacts. To celebrate, the town stages a reenactment of the historic Battle of Bayport, complete with antique artillery, canons, and tricorn hats. Even Frank and Joe Hardy are decked out in full Colonial costume, fighting over freedom and taxes on opposite sides of the battle line.

But things get a little too real when a stray shot leaves Bayport’s biggest benefactor, Don Sterling, without a pulse. Wait a minute—weren’t those muskets supposed to be unloaded? And even though the Hardy Boys have technically retired from solving mysteries, they can’t help but get involved, especially when a favorite teacher turns out to be a prime suspect. Is someone trying to frame Mr. Lazin? And who would want Don Sterling dead? Murder by reenactment is one the Hardys haven’t seen before, but don’t think they’re not up for the challenge!

Most of it sounds like it should be a great book – plenty of potential. But I always prefer that murders be prevented, so that isn’t good. For the rest of The Battle of Bayport book, I’m hoping for excitement, action, danger, humor, clearing their teacher, Mr. Lazin, and the presence of Hardy book characters such as, you know, Frank, Joe, Fenton, Laura, Trudy, Chet, Iola, Callie, Biff, Phil, Tony, and Con. 😎

Don’t forget the interesting Hardy Boys book info from #36 The Secret of Pirates’ Hill of the essential Hardy Boys series. 😎

With a Revolutionary war battleship and other historical items being found, that should be fascinating. It’ll be interesting reading the details of the discovery. Fighting on opposite sides for the reenactment doesn’t sound cool, so not excited over that in the plot description. A sibling of mine said that maybe someone didn’t show up or you get assigned to one of the sides so that there will be people on both sides. Hopefully that’s the case. 😎

A little typo in the synopsis on the Simon and Schuster page – it’s supposed to be cannon. And the whole “retired” thing has already been cleared up (thankfully) in previous books in the series. 😎

Joe and Frank are both for freedom and not fans of overtaxing. Reenactments aside, the Hardy brothers fight for freedom and liberty – that’s what they do. 😎 And very well, too. 😎

Hardy Boys eBooks – More Announced!

So happy that there are more Hardy Boys eBooks being released! 😀 I found these titles listed below from the essential Hardy Boys series (Hardy Boys Mysteries #1-#190, 1927-2005) on the Simon and Schuster main site. 😎 And the details of when they’ll be available at wherever your favorite place to purchase eBooks happens to be – such as Books-A-Million, Amazon, Simon and Schuster, Barnes and Noble, and many more. 🙂 You can read them on an ereader/tablet/phone, or, from some places, on your computer. Here’s what you want to know:

Mar. 2014Hardy Boys 111 Three Ring Terror by Franklin W. Dixon
4th
#109 The Prime-Time Crime
#110 The Secret of Sigma Seven
11th
#111 Three-Ring Terror (Great action cover art – waaayyyy up there’s a very scary place to have a fight!!!! :o)

Apr. 2014
8th
#112 The Demolition Mission

Don’t forget about these Hardy Boys books along with these plus the titles listed here that are available. 🙂 And when more are announced (hopefully soon :D), I’ll let you guys know. 🙂

Cut to the Chase by Ann Chvq – Chapter Twelve

Ready for Cut to the Chase Chapter Twelve – the conclusion? 😀 Click on the link in the previous sentence or the pic below to see what happens. 😉 And stay tuned here for upcoming things on the blog ~ more stories (I have some finished and a lot still in progress), reviews of The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew books and games, hopefully additional exciting eBook releases and perhaps a surprise or two! 🙂 Been super busy and I’m sorry about the delay, but I’m going to catch up on all the wonderful comments on here and I thank you so very much for them. 🙂

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Cut to the Chase by Ann Chvq – Chapter Eleven

Cut to the Chase – Chapter Eleven. 🙂 You know what you need to do so you can see what happens next – click on the link in the previous sentence or on the pic below. 🙂 Read and enjoy. 🙂

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Cut to the Chase by Ann Chvq – Chapter Ten

See what happens next in Cut to the Chase – Chapter Ten! 😮 To find out, all you need to do is click the link in the previous sentence or the pic below. 🙂 Still danger ahead! 😉 Thank you for the great comments! 🙂

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Cut to the Chase by Ann Chvq – Chapter Nine

Cut to the Chase – Chapter Nine ready to be read! 🙂 Just click on the previous link or the pic below. A little bit of behind the scenes info for a character introduced in this chapter. Sometimes for characters there’s a specific person I picture as that person. If Cut to the Chase was made into a movie, the person I’d want to play the part of Jungle Jack definitely would be actor Bruce McGill, who portrays Jack Dalton on the much-loved action/adventure show, MacGyver (Richard Dean Anderson). 😎 Btw, MacGyver episodes airs on satellite/cable and online and can be purchased on DVD or digitally from Amazon Instant Video, etc.. It’s a cool show. 🙂

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