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


Title: Curse of the Arctic Star (Nancy Drew Diaries #1)
Author: Carolyn Keene
Genre: Middle Grade
Publisher: Aladdin
Source: Library
Format: ebook
Release Date: February 5, 2013
Rating: ★★★


Goodreads Synopsis:

Nancy and her friends must navigate a cruise ship crisis in the first book of the Nancy Drew Diaries, a fresh approach to a classic series.

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.


Unfortunately, I was disappointed in this story. I love Nancy Drew stories, and I love seeing all of the different series. The Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew is an example of a  great series for kids, and I’ve enjoyed some of the others as well. This book wasn’t the neat and tidy mystery that I was expecting.

Many of the “incidents” on the cruise were weird, and not really threatening. There was a “body” in the pool, which turned out to be a mannequin. I’m not sure how they thought the mannequin could be a real person. There were also some threatening emails, which almost got the cruise cancelled.

The incidents were juvenile, and that contrasted with the fact that Nancy and her friends are actually older teens in this book. They were adults, though their exact age wasn’t mentioned, so I don’t know why they were spending their time on these childish incidents. I think Nancy, Bess, and George should have been younger characters, since the book is aimed at a younger audience.

Another thing that was disappointing was that the whole mystery wasn’t solved at the end! Some of the incidents were attributed to the culprits that Nancy found at the end, but there were still more suspicious incidents to be solved. It continues to the next book, which I don’t think I will be reading.

What to read next:

  • Strangers on a Train (Nancy Drew Diaries #2) by Carolyn Keene


Have you read Curse of the Arctic Star? What did you think of it?


Author: jilljemmett

Jill lives in Toronto, Canada. She has studied English, Creative Writing, and Publishing. Jill is the creator and content producer of Jill’s Book Blog, where she has published a blog post every day for the last four years, including 5-7 book reviews a week. She can usually be found with her nose in a book.

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