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Book Review: The Mystery at Lilac Inn

Read September 9, 2017 through October 23,2017

I always base my ratings off what I think the age group meant for the book would agree with. With that said, the Nancy Drew series is for children and I have taken that into consideration while reviewing this book.

The Mystery at Lilac Inn by Carolyn Keene had some new things to bring to the series and revived some old features that are prevalent in all the Nancy Drew books, for example her love for her father and friends, which is always nice.

I won’t say any spoilers, but the ending seemed quickly put together, which I’m unsure why: the book’s only 180 pages long. Some things could’ve been explained more within another eight pages or so. That was my biggest problem I had with it. I couldn’t remember some of the characters since there were so many, but as long as the mystery got solved in a somewhat understandable way, which it did, then I’m happy.

I’m giving The Mystery at Lilac Inn by Carolyn Keene a 4/5 stars. See my rating system below:

  • My rating system stands: 5/5 is a knock out of the park; this book deserves to be read by everyone. 4/5 is, “I really liked it,” but it did have a couple of kinks. 3/5 is, “I believe there are a lot of people who would enjoy this book, but for one reason or another, it didn’t sit well with me.” 2/5 is, “I really didn’t enjoy it and I’m not going to recommend it.” 1/5 is, “no one read this – throw it in a lake.”

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Book Review: The Bungalow Mystery

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Read from May 22, 2017 to May 26, 2017

This third book in the Nancy Drew series, The Bungalow Mystery, by Carolyn Keene was so close to getting five stars, but I did have one little issue with it.

Again, I’m basing my review off the fact this is a children’s book, not an adult’s, though I would say this book was acceptable as both.

The helpful and classy Nancy Drew took us on another fun adventure, this time around a lake with near death experiences. It was an entertaining read! My only criticism toward this book would be on the passages explaining how the bank worked and why the criminals were suspicious. I never got a full understanding how the bonds and money issues functioned in this book, and I had trouble understanding why the suspects were suspects, if that makes sense.

Mostly, though, one can guess what the author meant by these passages and look past them. I loved the action in this one. I feel like the series is getting more and more dangerous! I also like the idea of Nancy collecting something from each case and keeping it in her Dad’s house (a little reader’s nostalgia). Overall, it was a good addition to the series.

I am giving The Bungalow Mystery by Carolyn Keene a 4/5 stars. My grading system is below:

  • My rating system stands: 5/5 is a knock out of the park; this book deserves to be read by everyone. 4/5 is, “I really liked it,” but it did have a couple of kinks. 3/5 is, “I believe there are a lot of people who would enjoy this book, but for one reason or another, it didn’t sit well with me.” 2/5 is, “I really didn’t enjoy it and I’m not going to recommend it.” 1/5 is, “no one read this – throw it in a lake.”

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Book Review: The Hidden Staircase

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Read from May 10th to May 14th.

I’m going to base my ideas about The Hidden Staircase by Carolyn Keene on its intended audience. I wouldn’t expect a children’s book to be too scary or too headstrong. Therefore, my 4/5 star recommendation would be for teens and younger.

I really liked this book compared to the first book in the series. I think The Hidden Staircase had a lot more surprises than I was expecting, and even some scary parts (not too scary – kid-friendly).

I’d say the ending was a bit rushed, and there were moments in the book that I thought were too obvious or the solution to a problem was given too easily. But for a kids’ book, it seemed to work out alright.

I will say that this definitely got me ready for the next book in the series. I learn more and more about the character that is Nancy Drew every book. (She’s so well-behaved!)

As a children’s book, I’m giving The Hidden Staircase by Carolyn Keene a 4/5 stars. I LOVE YOU, NANCY DREW! My rating system is below:

  • My rating system stands: 5/5 is a knock out of the park; this book deserves to be read by everyone. 4/5 is, “I really liked it,” but it did have a couple of kinks. 3/5 is, “I believe there are a lot of people who would enjoy this book, but for one reason or another, it didn’t sit well with me.” 2/5 is, “I really didn’t enjoy it and I’m not going to recommend it.” 1/5 is, “no one read this – throw it in a lake.”

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Book Review: The Secret of the Old Clock

Read January 6th, 2017

The Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene this was a short-ish book (180 pages), I figured I’d start the year off right by reading it in one night! I just got a box set of the first five books in the series, so I thought “might as well!”

I do realize these books are more or less meant for kids and also I have the hugest bias toward the franchise (I literally collect the PC games), so I’m going to try to leave both factors out of this review.

As an adult, I wouldn’t say this isn’t the most entertaining read, but as a kid, I might’ve liked it a lot more. I will say that even as a child, I still would’ve been able to predict what ended up happening in almost all of the situations (this book didn’t leave anything up to the imagination), but the language was refreshingly mature. This did happily surprise me. I especially liked were the plot was starting to go halfway through the book, even if it was predictable, it was exciting!

This book really pushed good morals and relationships, so if you’re a mom or dad maybe this would be a good book series to have your children read.

As a children’s book, I’d give The Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene a 3.5, only because as a child I read much more interesting novels in the past. I LOVE YOU NANCY DREW! My rating system is below:

  • My rating system stands: 5/5 is a knock out of the park; this book deserves to be read by everyone. 4/5 is, “I really liked it,” but it did have a couple of kinks. 3/5 is, “I believe there are a lot of people who would enjoy this book, but for one reason or another, it didn’t sit well with me.” 2/5 is, “I really didn’t enjoy it and I’m not going to recommend it.” 1/5 is, “no one read this – throw it in a lake.”

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