Title: Jex Malone
Authors: C.L. Gaber and V.C. Stanley
Publisher: Merit Press
Publish Date: June 18, 2014
Source: I received a copy from the publisher; however, this did not affect my review.
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads.com: "Bored out of her mind
during a summer with her police detective father in Las Vegas, Jessica
(aka "Jex") Malone starts doing what she does best--snooping. When she
meets three new friends who share her passion for crime, from the geek
to the fashionista, suddenly, the stifling desert days don't seem so
Her dad is never around, just like when her parents were
married. But Jex's crew, the Drew-Ids, take the pledge of eternal
secrecy and then get down to the good stuff--digging through the
cold-case files in Dad's home office.
One of them, the
thirteen-year-old case of Patty Matthews, is still a mystery. Finding
Patty, who vanished into thin air, became such an obsession for Jex's
father that it destroyed the Malones' marriage. So not only is this a
big deal, it's personal.
Jex is determined to find out what
really happened, and her excitement is contagious. Soon her friends are
all on board and so is the missing girl's brother, the hunky Cooper
But as they dig up more and more troubling
information--more than the cops ever did--they also get the clear
message that someone out there wants to prevent the truth from coming
out. That somebody is also prepared to do anything, absolutely anything,
to prevent it."
My Two Cents:
Jessica "Jex" Malone is not
happy about being shipped off to her dad's house for the summer. After
her parents' messy divorce, the judge orders her to live with her
father, a police detective, for the summer. Jex is sure that it's going
to be horrible and boring. Luckily, she meets new friends and being as
nosy and curious as she is, she and her new friends decide to see if
they can solve one of her father's cold cases. Hey, at least it's
something to do!
This was a really fun read and I think it will
appeal to a lot of YA readers. This book is very much in the vein of a
Nancy Drew novel - there is enough action to keep you excited and into
the book but the subject matter is still pretty tame. I loved the
mystery in the book and I loved how the authors were able to keep the
readers guessing about what happened with the girl whose disappearance
Jex and her friends decide to take on.
The other thing that I
really liked about the book was Jex's voice in the story. There is a lot
going on in her life besides just solving the disappearance. She is
trying to figure out how to have a relationship with her father as she
feels that he was mostly an absentee father and may have only wanted her
to live with him for the summer to spite Jex's mother. Jex has a super
smart voice that was very original too! I loved following her adventures
in the book.
I flew through this book! The characters were good and I loved the twists and turns. This was a thoroughly fun read!