Reviewed by TBBManiac Sian
A deserted mansion perches on a steep hillside, overlooking a rocky canyon. Tattered curtains hang behind broken windows, and a turret stretches toward the sky. Three years ago the wealthy owner disappeared suddenly, leaving behind a house full of secrets: A mysterious note, tantalizing clues, a hidden floor, one piece of a treasure map, and a missing fortune in diamonds.
Skylar Robbins: The Mystery of the Hidden Jewels is an Amazon #1 Bestseller in Children’s Detective Books, and was voted Book-of-the-Month by LASR readers.
The second in this series; Cross pulls off yet another excellent delivery of Skylar’s latest detective adventure. The story as a whole is an exciting and realistic tale of adventure of our young teen detective. The whole story follows an incredible pace that keeps the reader excited but doesn’t rush through even the finest of details – Cross clearly has a great mind for focusing on details and for planting important details that the reader later discovers and goes, “OH! OH I MISSED THAT!” Aside from her carefully scripted plot; the development of the characters is also realistic and allows the reader to really connect with Skylar; her family; her friends and even her enemies.
The adventures of Skylar Robbins are ones that are really exciting for both a young and an older audience. For a younger audience it is the thrill of having a peer that is off having adventures and solving mysteries while for the older audience it will transport you to a time where this was the adventure we had as kids through other books.
I am officially a HUGE Carrie Cross fan. Her writing brings back the adventure that I find so many young adult books lacking of late. She has created a wonderful character in Skylar and I thoroughly enjoy the way that Skylar systematically works out not only the larger problems; but even her personal ones.
I have read both books from the series that I requested for reviewing and I have to say that Cross doesn’t only provide an adventure story. Her books also carry other more meaningful messages about confronting your fears; standing up to bullies; doing the right thing and trusting in the right people.
This book is a MUST read.
Review Rating: 4/5
Published by: Ward Design, LLC DBA Teen Mystery Press
Published Date: December 6, 2014
Genre: Thriller / Suspense