Nancy Drew: The Palace of Wisdom – Kelly Thompson and Jenn St-Onge Quick Review

Nancy Drew: The Palace of Wisdom - Kelly Thompson and Jenn St-Onge Quick ReviewNancy Drew: The Palace of Wisdom – Kelly Thompson and Jenn St-Onge Quick Review

Nancy Drew: The Palace of Wisdom by Kelly Thompson and Jenn St-Onge

Nancy Drew is in the middle of her usual crime solving, badass, smart girl routine when she receives a mysterious letter that pulls her back to her home town. There she reunites with her old friends and tries to get to the bottom of what grudge is being held against her and who exactly is trying to kill her.

So, considering this is the sixth in the series I should have probably read the others first. I haven’t. I also never read the original Nancy Drew series, so I’m sure I don’t have the full scope of appreciation for this modern revision.

All that said, I was able to follow the story without feeling lost. I appreciated the millennialness they put into it. Smart female protagonist, social commentary, pop culture references, diverse range of teenage characters (races and sexuality) wrapped in with some emotionally charged moments, fast paced action and mystery.

The art was pleasing, offering small samples of variation in style in every new chapter. All modern especially when you compare it to the original series. The characters are all edgy and refreshed from the past styles.

I wasn’t a huge fan of Nancy, I found her personality a bit unlikable, but I enjoyed the dynamics of her and her large group of friends together. Funny, quirky and a little Buffyesk with the smooth talking, sarcastic teen vibes.

The mystery didn’t blow me away. I wouldn’t say it was too predictable, but I found myself not as invested in the plot line. It felt quite rushed through with the number of things that happened, making the transitions and the parts that are usually intended to pack a punch (mystery reveal) kind of sudden and a little anticlimactic.

I’m very tempted to read the rest of the series. Though I’m not sure how much would be contained of what I read since Nancy was going back to her previous home town in this issue. I’m pretty attached to this first cast I was introduced to.

I have received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

– 3/5 Nancy Drew brought back to life with some new millennial edge.

Buy it – Nancy Drew: The Palace of Wisdom

Nancy Drew: The Case of the Cold Case 

Edit – I think there is some sort of mix up with titles – What I read via NetGalley could either be The Case of the Cold Case (with the exact same description) or The Palace of Wisdom (which has the same release date and description as provided). It’s a thing. Either of them could be what I reviewed or could be one in the same, yay.

Come Find Me – Megan Miranda Review

Come Find Me - Megan Miranda Review
Come Find Me – Megan Miranda Review

 

Author – Megan Miranda

Publisher – Crown books for young readers

Publish date – 29th January 2019

Genre – YA/ Mystery

POV – First person, present tense

Rating – 4/5

Summary

“From the New York Times bestselling author of All the Missing Girls and The Perfect Stranger comes a captivating thriller about two teens who connect when each discovers a mysterious radio frequency, which suggests their family tragedies are mysteriously connected.

After surviving an infamous family tragedy, sixteen-year-old Kennedy Jones has made it her mission to keep her brother’s search through the cosmos alive. But then something disturbs the frequency on his radio telescope–a pattern registering where no signal should transmit.

In a neighboring county, seventeen-year-old Nolan Chandler is determined to find out what really happened to his brother, who disappeared the day after Nolan had an eerie premonition. There hasn’t been a single lead for two years, until Nolan picks up an odd signal–a pattern coming from his brother’s bedroom.

Drawn together by these strange signals–and their family tragedies–Kennedy and Nolan search for the origin of the mysterious frequency. But the more they uncover, the more they believe that everything’s connected–even their pasts–as it appears the signal is meant for them alone, sharing a message that only they can understand. Is something coming for them? Or is the frequency warning them about something that’s already here?”

Full Review

(Avoid Spoilers – read the Quick Review)

Kennedy and Nolan have both lost family, they both feel alone and they’re both searching for something. A sign, a lead, an answer. When both their signals emit a strange frequency, the same one, they find each other. Come find me is an emotional mystery, with two wonderfully written protagonists, on a journey through loss and grief. It’s real, mysterious, clever, dark and a little funny. Unravelling in surprising twists and ending in hope.

For some reason when I picked up this book and read the blurb, I was convinced it was a YA about aliens. The cover made me think psychological thriller and as I was reading at some points I considered supernatural, thriller, mystery…

In some ways there are those different elements as you’re reading through and peeling back the different stages of the story but in its essence the uniting and constant theme felt like grief and the desperate search for closure.

And it did a wonderful job at depicting and exploring that in a real and encompassing, grounded way even though the circumstances felt surreal at times. The rest was an interesting mode to travel that main theme. Signals, premonitions and mysterious events, it even gets a little existential, made it all riveting and complex.

Though slow to pick up, you get a strong sense of Kennedy and Nolan from the first few chapters. Hints and details scattered throughout to give you some sense as to what’s to come. I found myself eagerly waiting for them to come together and see them interact and combine their viewpoints, and it pays off.

Kennedy and Nolan’s meeting is funny and cute. I loved watching them bounce off of each other. As a couple they’re easy to ship, which I found myself feeling before they’d even met. It holds off, really starting in at about 50% through and progressing slowly and gradually which felt natural for the story and the characters.

Once the story picks up it really grasps you. It is so easy to become absorbed in the two main characters as they try to make sense of their personal tragedies. Easy to feel invested with their goals and stakes.

The ending is wrapped up and satisfying. I’m not often surprised by mystery stories, but I hadn’t predicted much of anything in the ending of Come Find Me except a couple of threads here and there. Not because of the revelations being entirely out of the scope of possibility – it was all carefully wound together throughout the story. It was more how it was all presented by Miranda that made the outcome unpredictable. I think maybe the presumptions I’d made about the book’s genre added to throwing me off as well.

Miranda did well with providing the closure you really want for Kennedy and Nolan while making it clear it is still a journey ahead for them. There’s no resetting from loss and while both characters are left with their answers and finally able to heal, there is no getting back what they’ve both lost.

– 4/5 Intuition, premonition, satellite signals and strange frequencies combined into an emotional mystery.

Buy it – Come Find Me