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The Viper's Nest (The 39 Clues, Book 7) Hardcover – February 2, 2010
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The plot continues on straightaway from book six, and I would recommend going back and re-reading the last chapter of IN TOO DEEP before you set foot into book seven -- just to re-orient yourself in the Cahill world. I don't want to delve too deeply into the plot here, but rest assured, there is plenty more action, intrigue, and the final revelation of Dan and Amy's family branch.
This is the second installment in the series from Lerangis, and I remember really enjoying book three -- THE SWORD THIEF -- by him. The plot moves along swiftly, and he reminds us of just enough without seeming like he's dumping previous information down our throats. A lot of the typical CLUES staples are here as well -- a reigning family nemesis throughout the book, more mysteries and twists -- and the final page is one that made me sit back and say, "WHAT!" I will definitely be eagerly waiting for the next book coming out in a few months.
THE 39 CLUES continues to be a fairly solid book series perfect for the 3rd to 7th grade set (and beyond). Definitely one to have on your bookshelf.
Unlike the earlier books, this book felt informative but not particularly engaging. Not that it was a bad book, it just didn't feel like we had as much character growth from the characters as we have in previous books. This is more about having Amy and Dan reacting to the events of the last book [if you haven't already read book six then this is a SPOILER: Irina Spasky died saving them in a fire--I don't know if I really believe she was gone, but it does seem likely] than about really delving into who they are. They come off as a little flatter and even perhaps slightly regressed, from the Dan and Amy we have come to know.
We do get a new surprise as Dan and Amy learn more about their ancestry and Amy remembers more about the night their parents died, but this is not really much in the way of character growth.
Ultimately, this book feels more like it bridges books six and eight than it does feel like a solid book on its own (sort of like the filler episodes on shows between episodes that are about the bigger mythology). It wasn't bad, but it wasn't great beyond the surprise at the end.
This is the second book that Lerangis wrote for this series, and I thought he'd correct the mistakes that he made in his earlier book, sadly this isn't the case. There are so many problems with this book.
The Characters: All of the main characters (Dan, Amy, Nellie) are very annoying and snapped at each other throughout the book. I don't think that Lerangis has the right mind for the characters. It has the feeling that he just wrote it without reading the other books to know what the characters should be like. Nellie and Dan said, "Dude" and "like" far to much. Something like this, "Dude, like, you really need to check this out dude. It's like totally cool." UG! I guess Lerangis was trying to make Dan and Nellie hip, but iin reality, it was very annoying. Even Amy was grouchy in this. book.
Also, the characters weren't true to form. In The Viper's Nest, Dan had a lot of the answers to solve the clues and codes, but we're never told how he does, just that he does. There's no trial and error, looking it up on line, or in a library. It's just all of a sudden he knows it. One part was really laughable. I don't want to say what part, because I don't want to have any big spoilers. Also, he knew a lot about African history. Let me say that again, Dan (who really doesn't like school or research) knew about African history. I just didn't get that part. It's not within his character to know things like that. I'd say it's more in line with Amy, and not Dan. I just couldn't believe some of the things Dan was doing.
I also didn't really like Lerangis' writing style. He used caps far to much. Some examples are GAHHHH!!! EEEKK!!! DUDE!!!! RUN!!! ATTACK!!!! GET OUT OF HERE!!!!Read more ›
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The description of this book makes it seem like Dan and Amy's Cahill branch is the main plot of the volume, but it's revealed in just a few lines at the very end. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Dione Basseri
It's a hilarious book with lines like fool me once shame on you fool me twice and all conk you with this pet carrier it's perfect for all ages and over all a good bookPublished 11 months ago by Heidi Wilder