Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Review: Loyalist to a Fault (The Dead Kid Detective Agency #3) by Evan Munday

Loyalist to a Fault (The Dead Kid Detective Agency, #3)
Title: Loyalist to a Fault

Series: The Dead Kid Detective Agency #3

Previous books in this series: The Dead Kid Detective Agency (#1) | Dial "M" for Morna (#2)

Author: Evan Munday

Publication date: September 2015

Published by: ECW Press

Source: For review from publishers via Netgalley

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October Schwartz and her five deadest pals are back.

When October Schwartz raises her five dead friends to investigate the cause of Cyril Cooper’s death way back in 1783, she expects a dull research-based journey into the lives of Canada’s earliest British settlers, the United Empire Loyalists. You’d think our favourite teen detective would have the hang of this solving-mysteries thing by now, but when a ghost pirate appears on the scene, October may be in over her head.

The ghost pirate — or someone in a very convincing costume — is thieving key evidence at every turn, beating October to the goods time and again. Worst of all, Valentine’s Day is looming, and October’s friends seem more concerned about secret admirers than secret conspiracies. As October digs deeper into the mystery, she starts to suspect the pirate may be someone very close to her, just as she uncovers facts regarding her long-missing mom and the meaning behind a cryptic message from a past case.

The Dead Kid Detective Agency’s third quest is a veritable bouquet of misadventures that weaves the American Revolution, a beyond-chaotic school dance, a historic sea vessel, and a boatload of supernatural shenanigans into one unforgettable madcap adventure.

My rating: ★★★★☆

So, I’ve never really been a huge fan of history, which is unfortunate because there was a lot of that in this book. It made it kind of bleh for me. But all of that was balanced out with the fact that this is such a fun read with an amazing voice! It also has a great mystery, by the way. You know I always love that ;)

This series is also filled with great characters: Our MC October is so quirky and fun, I love her! I also love her ghost friends, they are so funny and, as ghosts, come in real handy ;) lol. Also, there was a freaking pirate in this book and it was amazing!

This book continues to break the fourth wall which I absolutely love! I don’t think I’ve ever read any other books that do that, so that’s always fun. This book also continues to switch from 1st person POV to 3rd person and I still don’t know why and can’t figure out how often. But the thing is, I don’t notice this till I’m about halfway into the 3rd person POV chapter. However, it only bothers me when I think about it or realize it happened, lol. It’s so weird!

The Dead Kid Detective Agency is definitely a great MG read! It’s fun, very funny, action-y, there’s ghosts, mysteries, and sometimes you even learn stuff. All that and we also get a great main character and supporting characters (both dead and alive!) in a really fun world! And the fun pictures and Appendix at the end are just a plus!

Have you read this book? If so, what did you think about it? If not, what do you think? Does it sound like something you might want to read? Leave me a link to your review or comment below! :)

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