Curse of the Arctic Star (Nancy Drew Diaries #1)

From Goodreads: “Nancy, Bess, and George are cruising dangerous waters on a tour of Alaska. Becca Wright, an old friend of Nancy’s, is the Assistant Cruise Director of the Arctic Star, a posh new ship. But Becca needs Nancy’s help when strange things keep happening aboard the opulent ocean liner: The swimming pool becomes a floating grave; a famous passenger is threatened; and even the seemingly innocent mini-golf course becomes a perilous playground. With the majestic and mysterious Alaskan scenery as a backdrop, Nancy and company have to find out who’s trying to sabotage the maiden voyage and why.”

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Curse of the Arctic Star (1) (Nancy Drew Diaries)was good, but there were so many other things going on with this book that I didn’t immediately fall in love with the new Nancy Drew series. One, the age of the young ladies is never mentioned, but I assumed it was 18 because they are sailing alone on a cruise and most previous versions of Nancy have her at that age. Bess’s boyfriend of just a few weeks is along for the trip, sharing the Hollywood suite. I’m not sure why Alan was put in there as a plot device. He’s useless and just gets in the way, which I suppose is the purpose, to throw more obstacles at the young ladies.

Nancy is not the cool, confident, poised detective that I grew up with. Since this is written in the first person, the reader gets Nancy’s internal monologue. She’s wracked with doubt, gets upset easily, and in general, does not project that she has it together. Some complain that the Nancy Drew I grew up with was too perfect, but I always thought that was part of the charm. She could do no wrong. So this new Nancy will take some getting used to.

And what’s up with not actually wrapping up the mystery in one book? Nothing drives me crazier than an author who resorts to this cheap stunt. It does not make me want to read the next book, it makes me feel cheated and that I’d wasted my time with the first book. I know that I’ll be picking up the second book in the series to find out the answer to the mystery, but don’t like that I’m forced to in order to finish the story.

I’m also not a fan of the artwork for this series. Nancy is drawn to look younger, more like the 8-12 age that this series is geared for, yet she’s at least 18 in the series if she and her friends are travelling alone on a cruise ship.

If you like this new version of Nancy Drew, you might want to check out this90th Anniversary Nancy Drew Diaries Box Set that goes on sale this fall. Since I collect all versions of Nancy, I’ll be adding this set to my collection. I love the cover art much better than the original book, which I think makes Nancy look more juvenile than her 18 years.

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