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Amanda Lester and the Orange Crystal Crisis (Amanda Lester, Detective Book 2) Kindle Edition
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This time, she's paired with Scapulus Holmes, who happens to be a descendant of the legendary Sherlock Holmes. They are assigned to a school video project together, and they immediately butt heads over their different philosophies. However, there isn't much time to dwell on the personality clash because a new mystery is emerging. Amanda stumbles on a skeleton covered in an orange crystal.
Where did it come from? What does it mean? What are the implications?
Amanda discovers that another conspiracy is afoot, and she finds herself racing against time to get to the bottom of it.
AMANDA LESTER AND THE ORANGE CRYSTAL CRISIS is the perfect follow-up to the first book. Amanda's relationships with Simon Binkle, Amphora Kapoor and Ivy Halpin are developed even further. The narrative is pitch-perfect. The sleuthing is well-executed. And, best of all, the themes are given more weight and maturity!
This is great! Read it! Highly recommended for fans of Harry Potter and Nancy Drew.
The story picks up at the beginning of the second half of Amanda’s first year at Legatum Continuatum. Right off, she’s paired up with the new kid, Scapulus Holmes. Everyone loves him, but Amanda can’t stand him, making that unintentionally clear the very first time she sees him.
What I liked most about this story is that it’s fun to read. The orange crystals aren’t just some interesting thing; they are alive, and they aren’t necessarily harmless. The decorating gremlins also make the story a hoot. In the first book, they didn’t really have a face, but in this one, we see a lot of them as witnessed by the students, and they are pretty funny.
There’s also plenty of detective work, though I thought everything seemed rather close in delivery to Harry Potter, even with in-story references and comparisons to those books and a few of its characters. Instead of magic wands, there are evidence kits. Instead of magic items, there are mysterious, coded secrets, a special item upon which the fate of the school rests, and some technology that, although inspired by something real, seems almost magical in how it works in the story.
As for what I didn’t like. I’m not sure about Amphora in the story. She’s, what, twelve? Utterly boy crazy. And her crushes and such aren’t limited to the boys her age. She flirts like crazy, and while some girls are like that, it isn’t a good thing. Still, I liked hers and Simon’s relationship arc. He, at least, is her age.
As for Amanda’s relatives, well, I didn’t get them. They’re in your face, unlikeable, and I thought for a bit that they were part of some sort of conspiracy to lure Amanda into danger. Had they been, it would have made more sense, but nope, they’re just there being annoying and weird. This and a few other things gave me the impression that the plot and delivery weren’t quite as solid as in the first one, though the overall quality is good.
Overall, I really enjoyed this story. Folks who enjoy tween-aged detective stories with some danger, a fair share of technology, and plenty of crushes and rivalry will likely enjoy this book.
I received the review copy of this book from the author.
I highly recommend this book to fans of Sherlock Holmes, Harry Potter, Nancy Drew, and other teen sleuths. In addition, I recommend this book to lovers of science, especially young lovers of science. Lastly, I recommend this book to tween girls. Amanda Lester is a character they can relate to. She is a hero, no doubt, yet she struggles, makes mistakes, and grapples with her own emotions especially when it comes to romance. As rational as Miss Lester is as a detective, like most of us, she often follows her heart even when her mind is screaming at her not to. How refreshing it is to see such a three dimensional character come alive on the page.
Currently, there are four books in this astounding series. I hope Paula Berenstein continues to add more volumes of Amanda's amazing adventures!
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Author: Paula Berinstein
Publisher: The Writing Show
Amanda's reaction when she first sees Scapulus Holmes, Sherlock's great-great-grandson, is hilarious.Read more
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