Mystery at Blackbeard's Cove by Audrey Penn
Um, ok. I can't decide if I liked this book or not. The story kept a fast pace and had a great premise - pirates and ghosts? What could be better? But...it ended up being just...too much. Pirates, pirate ghosts, treasure hunts, the Underground Railroad, international mysteries, a hurricane, our heroes locked in a dangerous tunnel, one of whom has a dangerous spider bite, another who never talks because 'of something bad that happened to him that no one knew what it was because he didn't talk so they couldn't find out what had happened', a hero with a life-threatening cut to his head, a tunnel that is on fire and collapsing, cutting off our heroes' air supply, skeletons and mysterious cannon fire....plus a whole lot more that you'll have to read the book to find out about.
The end result is that the book feels thrown together haphazardly, jumping around from precarious situation to frightening adventure without giving you any time to really.....care about it.
I did, however, enjoy reading it once I got past reading it for its content and instead relaxed and read it as a fun story. It truly is a good read, and would be great for "reluctant readers" If it were a movie, I wouldn't see it in the theater, but I would definitely look for it at the rental store.
Make of it what you will.
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