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The Amazing World of Gumball Vol. 1: Fairy Tale Trouble by Ben Bocquelet
The Beginner's Goodbye by Anne Tyler
The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Counting Thyme by Melanie Conklin
Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate
Curse of the Arctic Star by Carolyn Keene
Demon Book 1 by Jason Shiga
The Dragon That Lived Under Manhattan by E.W. Hildick
The Drowning Spool by Monica Ferris
Fenway and Hattie by Victoria J. Coe
Ghostbusters International by Erik Burnham
Graveyard Slot by Michelle Schusterman
Hip Hop Family Tree Book 4: 1984-1985 by Ed Piskor
How to Avoid Extinction by Paul Acampora
Imagine a World by Rob Gonsalves
It's a Tiger by David La Rochelle
Just Like Me by Nancy J. Cavanaugh
The Little Island by Margaret Wise Brown
The Lost Compass by Joel N. Ross
The Magic Mirror by Susan Hill Long
The Mechanical Mind of John Coggin by Elinor Teele
Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story by Nora Raleigh Baskin
Ottoline and the Purple Fox by Chris Riddell
Pouncing on Murder by Laurie Cass
Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World by Bryan Lee O'Malley
Some Kind of Courage by Dan Gemeinhart
The Soprano's Last Song by Irene Adler
Stealing the Game by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld
The Underdogs by Sara Hammel

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Curse of the Arctic Star: 11/03/16

Curse of the Arctic Star by Carolyn Keene

Curse of the Arctic Star by Carolyn Keene is the start of the relaunched Nancy Drew series, called the Nancy Drew diaries. It's set in the present with the same group of characters except that Nancy's now at college and her caseload is hers and hers alone, not her father tossing her bones.

In this first case, Nancy, George, and Bess have been invited by the Assistant Cruise Director of the Arctic Star, an Alaskan cruise ship. Someone's been making threats against the cruise and Becca wants the problem solved before anyone gets hurt.

Although a ship seems like a confined, closed set for a murder mystery, but cruise ships are like floating carnivals. Partially to set the scene to show how distracting a cruise can be, especially when one is staying in a luxury suite, but also to toss around a ton of red herrings, there's a lack of focus here. Nancy and friends spent most of their time playing tourist. The attacks that happen seem to come at random.

This first volume seems more dedicated to reestablishing characters than on being a mystery. The narrative is unfocused and sloppy in places.

Five stars

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