Friday, February 11, 2011

Review: Terror on Tour (A Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys Super Mystery II #1) by Carolyn Keene, Franklin W. Dixon

Book: Terror on Tour (A Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys Super Mystery II #1) by Carolyn Keene, Franklin W. Dixon
Release Date: 05 Jun 2007
Publisher: Aladdin
Genre: Children's Lit, Mystery
Summary: "So, Joe, what do you make of ATAC sending us on a mission without telling us what we're supposed to be looking for?"
"Frank, it's Rockapazooma! Who cares? We can handle this."
"I don't know."
"So, George, are you coming to Rockapazooma with me, or what?"
"How could I miss a chance to see my fave band, Lethal Injection, live? Even Bess wants in. But we're only going on one condition: If a case crops up, you'll leave it to one of the security guards. Just this once, Nancy? So we can actually listen to the music?"
"Where's the mystery in that?"

One rock concert. One big crime.
Three of the best teen detectives of all time.
Terror On Tour


Review:
As much as I adore these detectives, this book definitely wasn't one of my favorites. I love the new ND and HB series (Nancy Drew Girl Detective and Undercover Brothers) but this book was a tough read for me. The interactions between the two groups seemed forced so I didn't care for the dialogue. Then the actual case solving frustrated me as well. I don't think there was a single instance where Nancy or Frank/Joe didn't get caught snooping and some famous musician would come to their rescue. While this book wasn't on par with many of the others I've read, I did still enjoy it. I especially liked reading their impressions of one another ("Tall, Dark and Studly" Ned, haha. Poor Joe doesn't stand a chance).

Thoughts as I Read:
  • Wonderful so far! Glad to see that the whole gang made it into this book.
  • Hmmm this book traded down from the typical language (keen, chums, huzzah etc) to creepy pseudocool words (mack-daddy, groovy, dude etc). Oh well, it's not ND/HB unless I'm giggling about something.

Rating: 3½ Bites

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