Rainer Maria Rilke

"Live a while in these books, learn from them what seems to you worth learning, but above all love them. This love will be repaid you a thousand and a thousand times, and however your life may turn,-it will, I am certain of it, run through the fabric of your growth as one of the most important threads among all the threads of your experiences, disappointments, and joys."--Rainer Maia Rilke

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Here We Go Again

The 39 Clues Cahills Vs. Vespers:  Book One, The Medusa Plot by Gordon Korman

Adolescent Adventure

This is the first book in the second 39 Clues series.  This one starts right up where the other one left off with most of the same characters.

You know the old saying, 'Keep your friends close but your enemies closer'?  That seems to be the case with Dan and Amy's enemies from the last series.  Are they still enemies?  Or, have they turned into friends and allies?  Can the siblings finally let their guard down and trust anyone in their life?

Now, all these characters have combined as the 'Madrigals' to combat a common enemy, the Vespers, an unknown organization that has kidnapped several key members and is forcing Dan and Amy to steal important art pieces or they will kill the victims.  As proof, they shoot Nellie, the Cahill's nanny.  The larger plot of the book revolves around Dan and Amy as they pull off incredible art heists around the world.  While not much time has passed, Dan and Amy have morphed into amazing thieves and brilliant masterminds.  This was a bit of a stretch for me but still plenty good fun.

The minor plot involves the dynamic changes taking place in Amy and Dan.  They don't even really feel like the same kids as before and it is obvious both of them have been emotionally scarred by their experiences.  Amy is now lying and not helping her brother.  Dan has his own agenda with the 39 clues series.

I am glad the series has returned.  While I loved the first one, I think the like the way this one is starting out even better.  Full speed ahead!

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