The Hardy Boys Papercutz Graphic Novel #8 Board to Death ~ My Review

Cool cover art and exciting mystery for the 8th volume of Papercutz’s Hardy Boys graphic novel series! 😎 I’ve read this a couple of times now and enjoy this great summer (or any time of the year! 😉 ) read each time. The Hardy brothers, action, adventure, humor, danger – yeah, it’s got all that. 😎 A lot to love about the book! 🙂

The cover art is by Daniel Rendon and the rest of the artwork in the graphic novel is drawn by Paulo Henrique. Both the story and the drawings work together to give the reader an exciting mystery! 😎

The book begins with the dangerous finale action of a case, and as I’ve mentioned before that’s something I really like when they have that in this series. For the Hardy Boys graphic novel #8, the brothers are in the process of rescuing a kidnapped girl. It’s great with Joe and Frank dressed as pirates and Joe had a lot of fun with the pirate talk annoying the bad guys! 🙂 Fun! 😀 When bad people get annoyed by good people it’s very cool and very enjoyable to read! 😀 

Awesome brother teamwork which I love to read! 😎 Fun brother banter, too. 😎

Here’s part of the synopsis from Papercutz ~

The brothers Frank and Joe Hardy go undercover at a major skateboarding contest in Venice, California to find out which competitor is trying to kill off the competition—literally?

They risk their lives as they try to keep everyone safe and solve who is behind the problems that could have deadly results. There are suspects to check out and quick before it’s too late. Good investigating and courage by Frank and Joe. 😎 Skateboarding is a cool sport and already dangerous, so when you add the elements of persons up to no good – watch out! 😮

I also really like that Joe pokes fun at the over-the-top attitudes when they put together his persona – Hardcase. 😀 That goes well for his hard head. 😉 😛

Such thrilling action that you can almost see it jumping off the pages as the reader is caught up in the danger. The brothers do a great (and extremely-necessary-with-all-the-danger) job looking out for each other. 😎 When I’m reading, I’m there with them every second.

The finale is pulse-pounding excitement and I LOVE the way the Hardy brothers outsmart their foe (or foes, not saying, so it’s spoiler free.). 😎 Once you’ve read it, you want immediately to go read it again! Cool action! 😎

At the close of the book when the Hardy bros are back home in Bayport, Aunt Trudy even gets a new nickname and that was fun as well as nice of her cool nephews. 🙂

This Hardy Boys graphic novel has definite re-readability! If you haven’t read it yet, hopefully you will get an opportunity to do so. 🙂 You won’t be bored to death. 😉 What? You didn’t think I was going to miss saying that, did you? 😆 It’s available in ebook and used paperback or hardcover. Check online and at libraries as well as used bookstores to find a copy! 🙂 I’ve read some great Hardy Boys graphic novels from Papercutz so far and this is one of them. 🙂 Thank you to all of the nice people @Papercutz! 🙂 A cool book is one that is enjoyed on reading it the first time and every time. 🙂

 

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Nancy Drew Papercutz Graphic Novels #20 and #21 High School Musical Mystery Parts I and 2 ~ My Review

nancy-drew-papercutz-graphic-novel-20-high-school-musical-mysteryI was excited to get Nancy Drew graphic novels #20 and #21 High School Musical Mystery from Papercutz! 😀 I’d been wanting to read them for a while! I like Nancy, George, and Bess, and the Dana Girls, Jean and Louise, and the sisters’ two friends, Teri and Gale. Before reading these graphic novels, I knew about the Dana Girls books. I was so happy to find several out-of-print-but-great-condition Dana Girls mysteries. 😀 I love the sisters working together. Good mysteries, similar to Nancy Drew. The two-part Papercutz graphic novels are the first books published for us to read about Nancy and the Dana Girls working together. 

I love Nancy’s look starting in the chapter of Part I and in Part II. The artist, Sho Murase, drew her face, hair and clothes really cool. I would love an outfit like Nancy’s in these graphic novels! 😎 Jean and Louise are also very pretty and have beautiful long hair, too. 🙂 Another cool thing about the graphics, the 3D effect, courtesy of Carlos Jose Guzman, made some of the panels look particularly real. 😎

High School Musical Mystery Part I takes place at a private academy that Jean and Louise Dana, Teri, and Gale attend. The fancy stairs, paneling, and decor are really cool. 😎

I don’t like it when a book, like happened in this one, makes mention of an unrelated book or movie, because that instantly dates it and mars the timelessness of it. It doesn’t make it more relatable – mostly it actually detracts.

It’s funny when the two sets of friends were competing on whether Nancy or the Dana Girls are the best detective(s) – except for when it was misleading in what they were saying, none of them actually dealt with “demons” or “witches” – it was proven that wasn’t the case, so that’s inaccurate. 🙄 That there is always a real reason behind the mysteries, rather than made-up fake stuff like ghosts, etc.., is another thing about the Nancy Drew books (and Hardy Boys books) that I love. Back to the funny – while the friends are arguing, in a different part of the school, Nancy and the Dana Girls are sure their friends will hit it off. They come and find otherwise. 😉

I love the idea with Nancy’s friends and the Dana sisters’ friends creating/making a mystery challenge – cool. It was fun seeing the clues as they are presented to Nancy, Jean, and Louise and solving them, too. 😎 As I read, I try to guess what’s going to happen next, and do my best to solve the mystery, too.

Another humorous part was when Nancy, Jean, and Louise all said “say what?” when they found out from their friends it was going to be a musical. 😆 I also enjoyed when Jean and Louise would finish each other’s sentence and also Nancy’s. That’s entertaining for a good part of the time.

So there’s mystery, action, humor, good sleuthing, fun detecting, curious things, and it’s entertaining, along with a few odd-not-sure-why-that’s-in-there-oh-it’s-just-for-the-sake-of-the-mystery parts. To keep this spoiler-free, I will just note that one part about the “clues” in the musical was unbelievable – literally.  

Most of the time I thought Nancy did a good job, but I didn’t care for it when she hurt the Dana Girls feelings by losing her patience. 😥 Part of Nancy’s character is how calm, patient and serene she can be. She’s more patient than me, I admit it. I think she would have kept from snapping out in impatience at the Dana sisters – hopefully I would be able to and like I said, Nancy’s more patient than me.

nancy-drew-papercutz-graphic-novel-21-high-school-musical-mystery-ii-the-lost-verseI would say I enjoyed High School Musical Mystery Part I (Book #20) overall better than High School Musical Mystery Part II “The Lost Verse” (#21), although I liked seeing that my suspicions about a culprit from the first book and the basic reason behind it was correct. I like to figure out the mystery as I read and all. There were definitely some creepy elements in Part II. As always, I appreciate the main character’s bravery and perserverance. Again, trying to keep from mentioning any spoilers…..well, one part would have been really cool if it had been done differently when Jean and Louise were “arguing”. :/ If it had been a distraction tactic, not for real arguing at that time then that would have been really cool. Still being careful to avoid spoilers, I’ll just say here that I really liked the character development of one individual at the wrap-up of the mystery who became a nicer person. 😎

My favorite quote of the two-part mystery comes from Nancy Drew Papercutz graphic novel #20 High School Musical Mystery Part I

The only time you really lose is if you give up! ~ Nancy

For everyone who likes to read books in order, in this case it’s highly recommended. #20 High School Musical Mystery Part 1 and #21 High School Musical Mystery Part II “The Lost Verse” aren’t stand-alones – definitely a two-part story. 🙂

Thank you, Sven and Rachel @ Papercutz! 😀

Here are some of the details on the paperback re-release from Papercutz that includes High School Musical Mystery ~

Title: Nancy Drew Diaries #10 High School Musical Mystery
Release Date: 12/12/17
Number of pages: 232
Available Formats: Paperback
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